Hebrew Roots Movement
The practices of the Hebrew Roots Movement can vary among different communities and individuals. However, there are some common practices that are often observed by followers of the movement. Here are a few examples:
- Observance of the Sabbath: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement believe in observing the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week (Saturday) as a day of rest and worship. Some also observe the biblical command to refrain from work on the Sabbath and to keep it holy.
- Dietary Laws: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement observe the dietary laws outlined in the Torah, which includes avoiding certain foods such as pork and shellfish, and eating only kosher meats.
- Observance of the Feasts of Israel: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement observe the biblical feasts and festivals outlined in the Torah, such as Passover, Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).
- Use of the Hebrew language: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement see value in learning and using the Hebrew language as a way to connect with the language and culture of the biblical era.
- Observance of Biblical laws and commandments: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement believe in observing all the laws and commandments outlined in the Torah, including the Ten Commandments and other laws and regulations.
- Emphasis on studying the Old Testament: Many followers of the Hebrew Roots Movement place a strong emphasis on studying the Old Testament, as they believe it provides important context for understanding the New Testament.
Many Christians today think the old testament and the law was done away with.
Jesus frequently quoted from the Old Testament in his teachings and interactions with others. Here are some examples of Old Testament books that Jesus quoted from, along with some of the verses:
- Genesis: Jesus quoted from Genesis when he was teaching on marriage and divorce. In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus quotes from Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 to explain the divine institution of marriage and the importance of the marriage covenant.
- Exodus: Jesus quoted from Exodus when he was giving the Ten Commandments. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus quotes from Exodus 20:2-17 to summarize the commandments to love God and love one’s neighbor.
- Deuteronomy: Jesus frequently quoted from Deuteronomy during his interactions with the Pharisees. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3 to refute Satan’s temptation to turn stones into bread. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 6:5 to explain the greatest commandment.
- Psalms: Jesus quoted from the Psalms frequently, especially when he was teaching about his identity as the Messiah. In Matthew 22:43-44, Jesus quotes from Psalm 110:1 to show that the Messiah would be greater than David.
- Isaiah: Jesus often quoted from Isaiah to explain his mission and ministry. In Luke 4:16-21, Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61:1-2 to declare that he is the fulfillment of the prophecy about the Messiah.
- Leviticus: In Matthew 9:13, Jesus quotes from Hosea 6:6 and Leviticus 19:18 to explain the importance of mercy and compassion over religious ritual.
- Numbers: In John 3:14-15, Jesus refers to the bronze serpent lifted up in the wilderness, which was originally described in Numbers 21:8-9.
- Jeremiah: In Matthew 21:13, Jesus quotes from Jeremiah 7:11 to accuse the moneychangers and merchants of turning the temple into a den of robbers.
- Ezekiel: In Matthew 9:9-13, Jesus refers to the prophecy of God desiring mercy and not sacrifice, which is originally described in Hosea 6:6 and Ezekiel 20:25-26.
- Zechariah: In Matthew 26:31, Jesus quotes from Zechariah 13:7 to predict the scattering of the disciples after his arrest.
- Malachi: In Matthew 11:10, Jesus quotes from Malachi 3:1 to declare that John the Baptist is the messenger who prepares the way for the Lord.
These are some of the scriptures that Jesus quoted from in his teachings. By quoting from these scriptures, Jesus was showing his deep knowledge and understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as his belief that they were divinely inspired and authoritative.