Foundations of Jewish Tradition
Knowing the foundations of Jewish traditions is essential. Did you know that when
Israel is restored and the millennial reign begins we will once again make sacrifices in
the Temple? We will celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Booths? This is a symbolic feast
of ingathering that the Jews have maintained for thousands of years! Were you
under the impression that we will simply be celebrating the ingathering of
Did you know that Jesus, Paul, Peter, John and the apostles continued to visit the
synagogue and celebrate the Jewish feasts? You can read about it throughout the
New Testament. Paul identified himself as a Jew, circumcised Timothy, regularly
attended the synagogue, celebrated Passover and Yom Kippur, observed the Torah.
The first Christians were all Torah observant, actually. They were all Jews. So were all
those who authored the New Testament. The sermon Peter gave at the Feast of
Pentecost was before a Jewish audience. Most likely all that converted that day were
Jewish. In the book of Acts Peter and John went to the Temple to pray. In this book
some of the apostles were instructed to go speak at the Temple as well. Stephen’s
defense before the council was wholly Jewish. Did you know that celebrating Christmas
and Easter have pagan roots and the early church had no part in these pagan celebrations?
The thought would have been completely foreign to them. These celebrations are part of pop culture
and in reality have no link to Christ. Instead they are linked to the movement and cycle of the sun.
So why do we ignore Israel? Why do we shun Jews? Why do we think God has
I feel a desperate need to shake the church! To stir the mix. To sound the alarm. We
are letting a beautiful piece of God’s masterly woven tapestry escape us! We are
sitting in our church assembly in a very sterilized mode!
The gospel is dumbed down. Just look at the Message Translation, for example. The
Holy Spirit is able to bring men into understanding of His word; He doesn’t need
help. The word of God can stand on its own! It is sharper than any two-edged sword
and able to separate marrow from bone! As the House of Judah continues to study the Law
and celebrate the feasts, the Church celebrates Grace; the two are disassociated.
But it won’t always be like this! We need to recognize this!
We must also keep in mind that so many Christians are destructive in their behavior,
touting on this idea of grace. We disobey in the same ways as the pagans around us.
We are self-absorbed and full of lawlessness. We readily compromise. We buy into
secularism and humanism. We accommodate rebellion. We sit in the church seats
Watch this space for more…
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…