Dear JP - Concerning our recent discussions regarding the study of the Hebraic Roots of our faith: In the next six letters I have undertaken to briefly introduce you to some of the concepts that we believe are key to understanding scripture from a Comprehensive Perspective – one integrated book picking up from where it left off with a 400 year (or so) break in the middle. As we discussed when we last met, we present our information as just that, information – what you decide to do with it is entirely up to you. Remember that the purpose of this group of “letters” is to introduce several concepts. If you’d like more detail on any or all we can do that !
IT’S A HEBREW BOOK:
The Book was written to the family of Abraham. It provides a documentation of how G*d looks at the world / expects to be treated and provides His guidelines to achieve a long and happy life. It is in effect a Constitution of the His Kingdom here on earth. It was written to the Family, anyone can join if they wish but ultimately it is written in terms that the Family recognizes.
The Family of Abraham:
As you know, Abram was called out of Ur, spent some time in Haran (now a part of Turkey) and traveled down into what would be central Israel – the city of Shechem. Later he moved further south. Typically, we think that G*d speaking to Abram was a new experience for Abram and that the teachings were new. Here, we’d like to introduce the concept that Abram was pretty well acquainted with G*d, having spent a significant amount of time with Shem (son of Noah), probably in the north in the region where the Ark came to rest. We’ll talk about this info transfer a little later in Letter 4: “First Born and Roots of Religion”.
So, please entertain the concept that Abram was selected by G*d because of an existing relationship – (Yah knew Abram’s heart) and that he had an understanding of G*d that had been passed down from Shem. Abram was born when Noah was 890 or so. Noah lived 950 years, dying when Abram was about 60. Also, Noah’s dad (Lamech) was 55 or so when Adam died. Think about Adam – Lamech – Noah – Shem – Abram.
In other words, G*d made it clear that he was going to speak to the Family of Abram, using that relationship to introduce himself to everyone else on the face of the earth. Now, the message did not flow through all of Abram’s family but specifically through the line of Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons plus Ephraim and Mannaseh. He started speaking to Abraham around 2000 BC and Abraham was, we believe, around 2000 years after Adam. Moses was in the desert around 1500 BC. We can discuss the issues surrounding dates at some future time if you’d like.
So ….. G*d had been having conversation with the Family for about 4000 years when Yeshua was born in Bethlehem. Please consider the concept that Yeshua was speaking to specifically to the Family when He was on earth and that the Holy Spirit continues to speak to the Family of Abraham today – in the language of the Family.
Family Language and Relationships:
All families have shared experiences, stories and special slang that they understand immediately because they grew up with it. This concept became really clear to us when we spent our extended period in Costa Rica.
Although the language was Spanish, there were significant differences between it and the language spoken in Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador – just to name a few that we came into direct, extended contact with. It was not only the accent, it was the slang, the way of putting phrases together – the commonality of experience different from the others.