Here are words of encouragement that offer insight into the Jewish Scriptures—both Old and New Testaments. Twenty-two prominent Messianic contributors provide practical ways to apply biblical truth. These devotions, explore the Jewish roots of the New Testament, explain Hebrew words and phrases, and are filled with anecdotes from Jewish life and literature. Jump-start your day with this unique resource.
Keyed to the Hebrew calendar, this unique devotional begins with the month of Tishri. Extensive appendices include information on the Hebrew calendar, biblical and traditional feast days, and traditional weekly readings from the Torah (Pentateuch), Haftarah (Prophets), and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament).
“The Council of Nicea was convened on Iyyar 19, 4085 (May 20, 325 c.e.). This council officially changed the date of the observance of Passover in the Church from Nisan 14 (the biblical date) to the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of Spring. This was done so that the Church would have ‘nothing in common’ with the Jewish people.” (Page 228)
“Legalism is not a lifestyle empowered by grace to fulfill the Torah of God. Rather, it is self-righteousness and pride. It multiplies commandments and requires practices that are not rooted in the Word of God. The legalistic spirit has difficulty discerning between the lesser and the greater commandments.” (Page 143)
“Nehemiah was not saying that our strength is in a feeling of joy we get from the Lord. Rather, he was speaking of strength we obtain by pleasing God. The Hebrew says, Chedvat Adonai hi ma‘uzzekhem (The Lord’s pleasure is your strength).” (Page 24)
“Our tradition calls attention to the shape of the shofar itself. Because the shofar is curved in appearance, we are reminded that this is the preferred posture of God’s people. We are not to arrogantly rely on our own wisdom or to think we can correct our spirit to align with our Father. Instead, we are to take the humble stance of the shofar; that is, to be curved or bowed in submission to what God would tell us.” (Page 1)
“Rosh HaShanah is a time to take an honest look into our spirits to make sure we are aligned with our Father’s plan for us. The curve of the shofar tells us that the only way to find God’s best is to bend our will to his will. May we enjoy a sweet New Year as we give heed to the lesson of the shofar!” (Page 1)
I believe you have done an excellent and very worthwhile piece of work in gathering these daily readings for Jewish believers. I pray that they may be widely used among Jewish believers, but also among Christians who need a different perspective in their daily readings from Scripture and in their devotions.
—Edith Schaeffer, Author and Lecturer
John Douglas Hartnett