Influence of Judaism

How many of you know that, as Christians, we have a Jewish heritage? Few Christians in  America understand our Jewish roots. The Bible says, ‘Salvation is of the Jews.’ {John 4:22} Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  The Jewish people gave us the Word of God.
Every prophet in the bible is a Jew. There is not a Baptist in the bunch. Even John the Baptizer was a Jew.

God does not do away with many things that we do away with.  He is not offended by the Jewish culture. Neither should we. What offends God are those who resist His Holy Spirit. The Jewish prayer shawl is filled with divine symbolism. The PRAYER SHAWL is symbolic of something that God is doing on the Earth.

This prayer shawl reveals the name of God. It reveals the will and way of God.

  1. Moses was most likely wearing a prayer shawl when he died.
  2. David likely wore one when he met Goliath.
  3. Daniel probably had his while in the lion’s den.
  4. God himself designed the prayer shawl.
  5. God commanded it to be made. He commanded it to be worn.

Six million {6,000,000} Jews could not fit into the tent of meeting that was set up in the Old Testament.  Therefore, what was given to them was their own private sanctuary where they would meet with God.  Each man had one!  His Prayer Shawl or Talis.  They would pull it up over their head, forming a tent, where they would begin to chant and sing their Hebrew songs, and call upon Elohim, Yahweh, and Adonai.
It was an intimate, private time, shut out from anyone else: totally focused upon God.  This was their PRAYER CLOSET!

I will say again, ‘God himself designed this prayer cloth.’ Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ used a prayer shawl very similar to this from the completion of age twelve [13] all
the way to the cross. It is believed that our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ was buried with his prayer shawl. It was a common practice then. Some scholars believe it was Jesus’ prayer shawl that Peter saw folded up in a corner when he entered the empty tomb.

It is not likely Jesus would part with His prayer shawl. It more likely was His kittle. A white Jewish garment worn on the most holiest of days and at the burial of jewish men.

In Exodus 6, we discover that the name of God was a complete mystery. For ages, God had been known as God Almighty. His name was a holy name. So holy is His name that the Jewish scribes would not even write it out. When they wrote His name, they put G-d for fear they would profane His name. The name of God is holy! America has lost that concept.

His name is revealed in the tzitzit (pronounced seat seat] in the corners of the prayer shawl. There are a series of coils and knots. There are 7 coils and 8 coils. Added together they equal 15. Fifteen is a number made up from 10 and 5. In Hebrew the number ten
[10] is ‘yod’ [y] and the number five [5] is ‘He’ [h].

These 7 coils and 8 coils are followed by eleven [11] coils. Eleven is made up of six [6] and five [5]. This then is the equivalent of ‘vav’ [w] and ‘He [h].’

When you put these together you have ‘yod he vav he’ [ yhwh or YHVH] which is where we get the word Jehovah [jehovah]. This is a Hebrew composite word which is rendered Jehovah and means God who was, is, and forever will be. He is the eternal One. What I am trying to tell you is that the personal name of God is Jehovah. It means redeemer. There is only One Jehovah!

The Torah [Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy] commands the Israelites to wear tzitzit[i] (fringes) at the corners of their garments as a reminder of the mitzvot[ii] (literally “commandments” ― any of the 613 commandments that Jews are obligated to observe. It can also refer to any Jewish religious obligation, or more generally, to any good deed) Numbers 15:37-41.

You are to memorize the Word of God.

These 613 commands of God were memorized by the Jewish people. This is what David referred to in Psalm 119:11 when he said, ‘Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against God.’ “To hide in my heart” is to ‘internalize.’ It is to ‘treasure’ the word of God. When Mary was told of the coming birth of Jesus it is said…‘Mary
pondered these things in her heart…’ Luke 2:19

The word, memorize means to utilize. “I memorize” means ‘I utilize.’ If you do not have the Word of God in your heart, it will not help you. Jesus used the Word of God to defeat Satan in the wilderness temptation.

Church of the Living God, you need to hear this…Satan is a defeated foe and we need to start acting like it. God’s children are always whining about the devil. We need to stop whining about how the devil is after us. We should be getting after him! We need to put him on the run. We should have him in some back street alley where he is taking Maalox and dialing 911. He should be crying out for help because he doesn’t
know what the church of the living God is going to do to him next. He is a defeated foe and we are the ones who are victorious in Jesus’ name! I’m telling you he should worry not us!


[i]Tzitzit means fringes

[ii] Mitzvot means commandment

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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