Do we have the right to "fix" everyone's doctrine if it doesn't line up with what we believe? Should we be actively following people online--or approaching our family and friends--with the intention of pointing out all their mistakes and doctrinal errors? Has the Hebrew Roots Movement gone from a body of people being moved by the Spirit to rediscover the Hebraic roots of their faith to a movement of modern-day Gnostics who pride themselves on the fact that they found the root as they beat their neighbor over the head with it?
I used to cringe when I heard Bible teachers use that phrase. Usually it was because what followed was a sermon on how you can’t do anything to please God, or you don’t have to do anything to earn His favor, or you don’t have to worry about how you live because everything is covered by grace. But recently, the Father has radically changed my thinking on this topic and he used a good friend of mine to do it.
What is grace…really? The Hebrew for the word is “chen,” and means “grace, kindness, graciousness.” It carries with it the idea of “bending in kindness toward an inferior subject,” which is what “chanan,” a word closely-related to “chen,” literally means. When the Creator gives someone “grace” He is literally bowing before them and offering His kindness and favor. Picture someone bowing before a king and the king coming off of his throne to extend his scepter toward the one entreating him. That’s the word picture. But it goes much deeper.
My daughter recently sent me a great question and I thought there might be a few of you out there who have asked the same thing at one time or another. She asked, “Why did God use Moses at the Red Sea when He could have just made the waters open and close by His hand instead of man’s?” Here’s my shot at an answer...
Shavuot is one of the only holidays that we are not really told why we are to celebrate it. It is a feast for sure in every sense of the word. It's a great celebration that initiates the wheat harvest and concludes the Spring feasts of the LORD that started on Nisan 14 with Pesach. We are told in the Torah to count seven Sabbaths from Passover and to mark the fiftieth day as a holy convocation unto Him. But what does all this mean and what does it mean for us today? What was the significance of it in biblical times and more importantly, does it have any power for us today?