Study Our Hebrew Roots!


Study OurHebrew Roots!
Study OurHebrew Roots!
Learn the Foundation of Your Faith!

DO YOU...

Shabbat?      Shema?      Sukkot?

and 
have joined in an effort to fully study the whole Word of YHWH.  

As part of this effort, we are asking the following questions:


Do you Shabbat?

Shabbat is the Hebrew word for "Sabbath".  While in Christianity, this term means Sunday, that is not the true meaning of the word. 

With the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, the instruction about Sabbath is often overlooked in the "Church." In the paradigm within Christianity, the Sabbath is Sunday. 

Simply put, Shabbat is a form of the word for "seven" -- the 7th day.  

Even the Gregorian calendar shows the 7th day as Saturday.  

From the beginning of the Bible, YHWH names the days of the week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, and Day 7.  The Genesis account tells us that YHWH "rested" on this 7th day.




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Do You Shema?

Shema, Yisrael, YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH echad...
(Hear, O Israel, YHWH our Elohei is one!)  Deut 6:4

This is the foundation of belief in YHWH being the One True God (El)!

What does shema mean? While the translators use "hear" as the main meaning, in Hebrew there is much more depth to the word. We actually see this in many scriptures: 

James 2:19-20 - You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Romans 2:13 - (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

1 John 2:3-4 - Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His command-ments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

So as you can see, shema has a fuller meaning of "hear and obey (do)"




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Do You Sukkot?

Sukkot is the Hebrew word for tent.  

Sukkot is one of the Fall Feasts of YHWH. This is the time of spending the week in temporary dwelling places (tents) as a reminder of Israel's exodus from Egypt, in which they spent 40 years in tents.

The Feasts of YHWH are actually called moedim (appointed times).

YHWH has told His people that He wants to meet with his people at His times. These times are not Easter or Christmas.  Just like the "Church" has changed Shabbat to Sunday, it has also changed the appointed times (moedim) to other celebrations.

To fully understand the importance YHWH places on His moedim, we must turn to Deut 12:4 - You shall not worship YHWH your God with such things.


But more importantly, 

Deut 12:31a - You shall not worship YHWH your God in that way; for every abomina-tion to YHWH which He hates they have done to their gods; 


While we do celebrate all the appointed times (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, and Atonement), Sukkot is a time when we get to "live" together for an entire week.  





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