In the month of June I plan to do a lot of walking. This just comes with the terrain you might say of our HaDerekh Youth Israel Aliyah as we will be literally walking all over the Land of Israel from June 12 to July 2. I have high expectations for our Team when we walk through the Land together: we represent our Messiah Yeshua, we represent the American Messianic Jewish Community, and we represent Americans in general. I expect our group to way worthy of these important representations!!
I would like to define a Hebrew term which makes many Jews uncomfortable, the word Halakhah. It’s traditional meaning is understood to be “Jewish Law”, but the actual core of its meaning is the phrase “the way to walk”. In other words, halakh is the Hebrew word “to walk”, and halakhah summarizes the age old Jewish communal expectation for how individual Jews are expected to walk out their lives as part of the greater Jewish community. It’s similar to our traditional understanding of American values: hard work, rugged individualism, baseball, apple pie, etc.…
G-d of course laid down within the Scriptures his basic understanding of how he expected all people to live, including Israel his Chosen people. One example of how he expected Israel to walk was to keep the Shabbat as a sign of his unique relationship with Israel:
Leviticus 23:3 “Work may be done for six days, but the seventh day is a Shabbat of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You are to do no work—it is a Shabbat to Adonai in all your dwellings. (TLV)
G-d has provided all of Scripture for all of mankind so that we all might know how we are supposed to walk out our lives for Him. Paul wrote that if we study G-d’s instructions and on a daily basis apply them through G-d’s Spirit we won’t walk off the Spirit’s path and into sinful activities:
Galatians 5:16 – “But I say, walk by the Ruach, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” (TLV)
G-d’s expectations are actually quite simple and reasonable; they just demand our submission and personal desire. Are you committed to walking G-d’s way?
Forward for Messiah,
Rabbi Kirk Gliebe