The Jewish Traditions
The Jewish traditions and customs were an integral part of the Jews’ daily lives and walk with God. This halecha defined what Jews said, did, and thought. Similarly, Christians are called to talk, think, and do the things that Jesus did. It’s the same idea but different directions.
The whole Brit Chadesha (New Covenant) is an expository of what our walk as Christians should be. This path (the ancient path) led the Believer into a relationship of love with their Heavenly Father.
The concepts of an intensely interested Father and the two way love relationship with God was in stark contrast to the Jewish customs and traditions that valued adherence and obedience more than love and relationship. This is in no way saying that being a Christian is easier than being a Jew. Far from it.
Many Jewish traditions deal with the “outside of the cup” issues and can be seen and evaluated from outside of the person. But, as most of us have learned, it is much easier to make the cup look clean from the outside. It is a much more daunting task to clean the inside of the cup.
This “inside the cup” is where our fallenness and brokenness reside. The entire walk of the Believer is a journey of healing and restoration. This is path that the
Apostles took. They developed a way of life that was keenly focused on the goal of cleaning the “inside of the cup”. The disciples developed a lifestyle whose main goal was to facilitate the healing and restoration of the Believer. They even created a treatise called the Didache to teach new Believers what this new path would entail and give them proven disciplines that heal the broken soul.
Apostolic Judaism is the way of the Apostles while still worshiping God as Jews. Though we celebrate the Shabbat and Feasts, we do so, not from obligation or fear of retribution, but simply to honor God, while always remembering that our healing and restoration are the goals. We recognize that the Feasts of God are a gift illustrating our Father’s plan for the redemption of His creation.
At Mishkan David, we have a decidedly Jewish ethos, but never at the expense of the purpose of the New Covenant church; to be a hospital that brings the broken and fallen Believer back to spiritual health by using the proven methods of the Apostles, who were taught by the Lord Yeshua, Himself.