A Wealth of Spiritual Blessing
Passover 2011 begins next Tuesday, April 19, and continues for seven days. During this Passover season I want to share a very important part of my personal walk with God. This very precious aspect of my own Christian practice is available to all of us through the roots of our Christian faith. You may not know that within God’s covenant of love, the Bible, there is a wealth of spiritual blessing that lies untapped by most of the church. This may be surprising when we first realize it; but it’s true!
This well of blessing and meaning lies in the ancient Hebrew heritage that is ours to share by virtue of our adoption into God’s family, our “being grafted into the root” as we read in Romans 11:17&18: “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you”. This root is to be found in the ancient heritage that is ours by adoption into God’s family: the Jewish roots of Christianity.
So much of our forgotten Christian heritage is contained in God’s calendar — with days of rest, days of blessing and days of repentance and return. Some of this untapped blessing lay in the use of prophetic implements that give focus to our faith and intercession. Many of the items used by our Hebrew forefathers, such as the shofar, mezuzah, tallit, tzitzit, and many other items, are tools of prayer, blessing, worship and weapons of spiritual warfare. The life and practice of the ancient church is available to every believer today!
The Bible is a book about God’s marriage covenant with His people. The teachings of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, are all about observing the heart of this covenant of love. When asked what was required to receive eternal life Jesus said, “Keep the covenant” (Matt. 19:16-17). Jesus taught that we must keep even “the least of the terms of the covenant” (Matt. 5:19). Jesus further taught us that the only way to live is by “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4). Of course, Jesus taught us that keeping the commanded terms of this covenant of love is about cultivating a heart of love toward God first, and then also loving our neighbor; and not just living by a set of rules. But what does that “every word” mean? To me it means every word in my Bible, and I want to live all of it out — I want every blessing that God has for me!
I invite you to explore
In the Ancient Roots pages on Through The Veil .org I invite you to explore some of the aspects of our ancient Christian heritage. This is available to the people of God today, and many are now reclaiming Their ancient heritage in Christ. Find out more by clicking the links below:
- God’s Calendar: The Seven Feasts of the Messiah
- Hebrew Signs for the Church
- Why would a Christian wear a Prayer Shawl?