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The Mathematical Nazorean: A Riddle

Greetings, Hebraic Roots Group friends:

Find the Riddle at this link.

It has been nearly a month since I “took up my parable” (1En 1:3).  I’ve missed writing, and I hope this note finds you well.

At the bottom of this issue is a Scripture riddle.  The first to solve it correctly then send the answer back along with mailing address info will get a modest but valuable prize.  Before that is the short answer to What is a Nazorean?

(If you get more than one or you want off my mail, please reply  with your wish.)

This month the subject of our studies will be

“The Lost Tribes Found in the Parables of the Messiah.”

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

These lessons are valuable – nobody I know of has found the Tribes in the Parables.  The series of messages are available ahead of time on CD or streaming audio.  If you want a MP3 CD, just ask for it with your mailing address and you will receive it. Better yet, Come and See.

Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Group meets in Vero Beach, FL three times a week:

Erev Shabbat Service: The end of the 6th day and the beginning of the 7th, 7:30 PM.  (This is Friday nights.)

(You may not be accustomed to looking at the week in terms of seven unnamed days as opposed to using the names of the days, all of which are derived from pagan gods worshiped by our ancestors. This may challenge your thinking, but it is totally biblical and worthwhile to learn, especially as one reads the Gospels, such as the passage “at the dawning of the first day” Luke 24:1.)

The Erev Siddur (service) consists of the traditional candle lighting, a short liturgy in English, some practice in speaking Hebrew (the Shema), in-depth teaching of the Word (emphasizing the first-century Nazorean context), then sharing the lechem and yayin (bread & wine).

Sabbath Study of Scripture: The afternoon of the 7th day, 2:00 PM. (Saturday afternoon.)  This teaching is in roundtable format.  I set the subject and the primary lesson, and the rest (who are quite well-versed) add their own scholarly insight as we go along.

Fourth Day Intercession: is at the beginning of the 4th day of the week; ie Tuesday evening around 7:30.  This is completely informal and led by the intercessor of the group.

What is a Nazorean? Part One – Historical Context

We are often asked this question as we work to reveal a more authentic picture of our faith.  Here is the short answer:

“He will be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23).  This is the region from which the Anointed one originated – Nazareth of Galilee in Israel.  Nazareth was the one of the starting points of the “Hebraic Roots Group” known as the Way or the Nazoreans.

“You were also with the Nazorean” (Mark 14:67).  Shimon Kefa (Peter) was accused of being with the man of Nazareth and a part of the sect called Nazoreans.  That the Nazoreans was a Hebraic Roots Group is proved by the next citation:

“A ringleader of the sect of the Nazoreans” (Acts 24:5).  The context of the quote is that Paul is being accused by the governor’s attorney, Tertulus, who claims, “We have found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him.”  Paul was a leader of the Nazoreans, but he was not from Nazareth at all.

A Nazarene is from Nazareth. But a Nazorean, according to trusted scholars, is the name of a first-century religious group of which the Savior was the founder.  We learn from the early “so-called “Church Fathers” that this is so, and from the Dead Sea Scrolls that the group was known within its own ranks as “the Way,” “the Meek,” “the Poor,” and by other titles readily found in the New Testament.

Netzer, the Hebrew word from which the Greek title Nazorean originates, means “Branch, or “Offshoot.”

I am the vine, you are the branches (John 15:5).

If the root is holy, so are the branches (Romans 11:16).

And in Prophecy:

In that day the branch of Yahweh will be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the land will be the pride and esteem of the remnant of Israel (Isaiah 4:2).

There will come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow out of his roots (Isaiah 11:1).

Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
and he will reign as king and deal wisely (Jeremiah 23:5).

Of course, these passages have mostly been interpreted as referring to Yahshua Messiah and those who follow him.  This leads us to a second definition.

Netzer means “guardian” and “ keeper.”  The Messiah came as the guardian of the Torah (the instruction of the Almighty).  He also came to keep the Torah in its entirety to do away NOT with the Torah itself (he’s the guardian of it!) but to do away with the meaningless TRADITIONS of the religious that put the folks under bondage to those in positions of power.  A section of Messiah’s sayings, Matthew 5:17-20 shows us that this is the case. To quote just one verse:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Torah until everything is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18).

Yet many church folk today have learned that the Torah has been nailed up to a cross and abolished.  Obviously, there is a hidden agenda among church leaders to keep the flock and the world in a state of lawlessness.  Those who cite Paul as reinforcing the abolition of any law, seem to overlook the mystery of lawlessness he speaks of as being already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

Nowadays, the mystery of lawlessness if completely at work as faithless, disobedient, and in some cases, devilishly perverted individuals govern our nation, and the lawlessness of terror strikes multiple targets daily.  It is mystery no longer.

The Nazoreans / Nazarene Israel movement of the 21st century is a calling to Torah.  We keep the Torah as closely as possible.  We reckon that if the people of the world remained under the covenant of Yahweh as Yahshua proposed, there would be no fear of the ‘neighbor’ or STRANGER any longer because there would be DANGER no longer.  And while some still consider that modern-day Nazoreans are cultists (as did Tertulus of Paul and his group) because we believe in living in the controlled environment of the Covenant of Yahweh of Israel, we only need to take a brief look at the worldliness and disobedience of church folk today to see who is blessed and who is cursed.

If you read this far and would like a good book on this subject, just reply with your request for the book Nazarene Israel and I will send it to you by mail. It’s worth reading and learning about the safety and shalom of the covenant folks, the Hebraic (not Jewish) roots of you faith, and how to put your rights and covenant people to work to bring you and your family into the House of Yahweh.

The end of Part One, What Is a Nazorean.

The Riddle: The first to solve the riddle gets a great prize.  Find the Riddle at this link.


September 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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