Written by Messianic Pastor Allan Moorhead
Reprinted with permission
It’s all about Yeshua
Messianic Judaism believes that Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is the Divine resurrected Saviour for all mankind. Messianics believe that the word of God includes both the TaNaK (older covenant books) and the B’rit Chadashah (new covenant books). In other words, this means the whole Bible. TeNacK is an acronym for Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. Torah is the first five books of the older covenant which is usually translated as ‘Law’ but really means ‘teaching’. Neviim means the prophets and Ketuvim consists of all other writings in the Bible such as Psalms and Proverbs. Other Judaica writings such as the Mishnah (Oral Torah) and the Talmud (Rabbinical Commentaries) may be used for historical information but are not considered inspired by God.
Are all Messianic congregations the same?
There are some differences between Messianic congregations. Some operate in the Gifts of the Spirit and others don’t. Some are more strict in following the Torah commandments. However, most, if not all, understand the Spirit of the Torah and apply it properly to their lives according to the Grace and Mercy of God through the atoning power of Yeshua. Some congregations honor Jewish traditions such as the wearing of Kippahs (little caps on the head), wearing of prayer shawls, blowing of shofars, and others as long as they glorify God and Yeshua and His Word.
Last Days Movement
Messianic Judaism is believed to be a Last Day’s movement ordained of God in bringing the Jewish people to faith in their Messiah. Jews and non-Jews come together in these congregations to worship Yeshua. The land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people are of primary importance to Messianic congregations. Most Messianic followers focus on teaching the Christian Church its Hebraic foundations, so that a better understanding of the Word of God is reached.
What do Messianic Congregations teach and how do they worship?
Most Messianic Congregations will teach from the complete Bible. All Messianic congregations will teach, demonstrate, or conduct services about the seven Biblical feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23. Messianics recognize that the feasts are shadows or symbolic of major events concerning Yeshua. For instance, Yeshua died on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, rose from the dead on Feast of Firstfruits, and the Ruach Ha Chodesh (Holy Spirit) was given on Shavu’ot (Pentecost).
Messianic services occur on the Sabbath in honor of God’s commandment “Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy”. The Sabbath runs from Friday night to Saturday night. Most Messianic congregations don’t have a problem with churches worshipping on Sunday since it is based on the