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As you read this we will have just finished the cycle of the fall feasts - a season of great enrichment in Israel and for the Messianic Jewish community worldwide. We began on Rosh Hashanah by blowing the Shofar, the sound that harkens back to Sinai and looks forward to the Second coming. Ten days later, Yom Kippur signified all of the meanings of the work of Yeshua our Great High Priest (Hebrews 8-10). We concluded with the joyful celebration of Sukkot, recalling the wilderness wanderings and dwelling in tents to the ultimate fulfillment of the coming world wide Kingdom. We hope that Christians incorporate teaching and recognition of the fall feasts into their heritage. Some in the Body of Messiah find connecting to Israel's heritage so enriching that in comparison they have little regard for the Christian heritage. However, many aspects of Christian heritage are also wonderfully enriching.
I cannot describe with any depth the fullness of one Christian heritage, for there are many streams. My goal is to put forth a general approach to Christian heritages, especially for those who have embraced Messianic Judaism and who are interested in recovering the Jewish roots of their Christian faith. There are many things I could criticize, but this article focuses on the positive features of the Christian heritage.
Responding to a False Theology of Jewish Roots
First I want to firmly counter a false theology that has grown up, mostly among Gentile Yeshua believers who believe that the recovery of Jewish roots requires that they embrace the Jewish dimensions of calling rooted in the Torah and reject Christian tradition. They attack the Church because they worship on Sunday and celebrate the resurrection on the "wrong" day of the year. As I argued in a past article (see, Calendar Confusion, March 2009), finding the exact right day for celebration was much harder than most suspected, even within ancient Judaism. The point here is that while God has ordained specific days of rest and celebration for the Jewish people, He has not required any specific days of rest for the nations: neither the seventh day Sabbath nor the Feast days. Gentiles are called to respect and understand biblically rooted Jewish practices and are invited to join us. We do enjoy seasonal celebrations with the Church during the times of the Feasts as part of the recovery of Jewish roots. However, many people who attack the Church as pagan need, as our teens used to say, to "Get a life." They need to understand that a tradition or a ritual is to be understood according to the meaning given to it by the practicing community ...
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