Its far more impacting than I have ever understood to grasp both the simplicity, and fundamental nature of Yahweh’s calendar. As you begin to look at scripture, especially from Creation forward, within the scriptural context, it is hard to escape the concept of “Hebraic” thought.
I am connecting to this in very profound ways, yet I see tremendous opportunity for error in application:
1. “Hebraic” thought, while associated with a “Hebrew” milieu, is currently understood more as “Jewish” thought, and that is an error. Jewish or Judaic is the modern vestige of an ancient Israelite nation called by Yahweh, and the subsequently formed into a people group for Yah. Their mindset is (or rather should have been) informed by Yahweh. It didnt exists until Yahweh told them what truth was, and what to do about it. To the extent that a “Jewish” opinion is valid or “Hebraic” relies solely on whether or not it is scriptural and Yahweh ordained. As the Israelites abandoned Yahweh and Yahs Word, they lost their “Hebraic” mindset. Modern Common Jewish thought is so far removed from the Truth it is essentially a heretical cult. That sounds insulting, but I believe it to be true.
2. It wasnt that Yahweh chose the people because they were better thinkers, superior, or in any way superior. In fact, my conclusion so far is simply because they WERE NOT in any way superior that Yahwehs Grace chose them and kept them. Yahwehs strength and wisdom is demonstrated in SPITE OF Israels weakness.
3. It is almost as hard to figure out true Hebraic thought working backwards from a christian perspective (what I call from fruit to the root thinking) as it is looking at jewish perspective (from dead branches to the root) and working back. They are both in modern practice and dialog so different once you look into it it is amazing. Only by Grace are any of us receiving revelation from Yahweh for sure.
While I have learned, and am learning a lot from many of all of the above, it can easily be distracting and even inhibiting. For instance, studying the pattern of a seder on Passover contains neat things that speak to truth, it has NOTHING to do with the commanded feast of Yahweh. If you are not careful, you actually begin to think this 3 hours ritual is somehow ordained. Yet in reality almost none of it has any real “Hebraic” thought. And almost none of it would work backwards into fundamental theology revealed by Yahweh in Yahs Word.
However, if you study Passover in Exodus, and begin to grasp it as a the beginning of gathering the people of Yahweh out of weakness and slavery, as the beginning of the emergence of the covenant of Abraham to a whole race of people, as a reference point that establishes Yahwehs thoughts about Yahs people etc…. then as you look at the Jewish (orthodox, reformed, hassidic etc..) haggadah, you recognize some things that build on these fundamentals.
Another one is Kosher for Passover. It is a scam, and has nothing to do with Levitical ordinance about what is food, and what is not. None of the rabbinic requirements that are measurements or indicators of a food being “Kosher”. There is no command to verify this, nor is there any measurements written to determine something outside your house is acceptable.
However, the whole idea of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is profound. It is a shadow of searching our hearts and lives for remnants of Egypt, a metaphor for sin, and removing it. It builds on the Passover lamb (NOT a sin Offering but a covering of the house from Judgment. More on that in another post), and then indicates a further work or purification, being set apart, holiness (and a shadow of the Set Apart Spirit). Some traditions like shining lights into dark corners, families teaching their children to look for it, and rewarding them for finding this, is all a fantastic thing. but only when understood from the Rootz, because without it, the Jewish activity doesnt relate to the Hebraic, Yah informed principle.
Im all for studying the True Rootz (Hebraic paradigm) as I wish to work from the Root to the Fruit, rather than vice versa. But it is a discipline and takes a lot of patience to find the True Rootz.