Plant and Grow Messianic Fellowships
Set Apart Ministries Position
on the Use of the Hebrew Name of Y'shua and His Deity
We are clear that our Savior is Hebrew and that His Name is Hebrew. We know that the transliteration we have all grown up with, Jesus, cannot be correct as there was no "J" sound in Hebrew and no "J" in the English language until the 15th century. Yet, we know and recognize that we first came to know Him in that Name. In His mercy, He has been gracious to us during our exile!
And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away,
neither will I abhor them to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. (Lev. 26:44)
He has, and still does, answer prayer in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth for those who have not yet understood.
We also know that there is disagreement as to how to transliterate His Hebrew Name most correctly: Yahshua, Yeshua, Yehoshua, and so forth. (S.A.M. had originally chosen to use the transliteration of Yahshua and Yahweh (YHWH) when we refer to Him. Later we learned that this carries an association with those who view the Sacred Name as having only one correct transliteration. Since we do not believe this should be at issue, we have since chosen to use other ways, and in truth, would prefer to just keep the Hebrew letters if this webhost could support the Hebrew font.)
Occasionally, in our worship praise times, we may choose to use a few songs that do not contradict Messianic understanding, but may use the Name Jesus. Judah maintained knowledge of Torah but "missed" Messiah while Ephraim "lost" Torah and has had only a limited, distorted understanding of Messiah. Yet, YHWH has used Ephraim to keep knowledge of Yahshua alive! In His time, He is removing the veils from the eyes of both houses! He has been gracious to us in our ignorance and we believe we can do no less. Therefore, we believe that both houses have valuable things to offer as we come together. S.A.M., as an equipping ministry, will encourage study and understanding of Y'shua our HEBREW Saviour, using His Hebrew Name, however, we will not disparage anyone who, as they begin to learn, finds comfort in the familiar transliteration "Jesus" or who prefers Yeshua or Yehoshua rather than Yahshua; HaShem, Yahoweh or Yahweh.
We believe that each community will establish their own halacha/way to walk as was true in first century times. Many good hearted and scholarly people can make a case for different viewpoints on the way to transliterate or pronounce the Name or the way to observe a moedim/feast. Our thought is that this is our YHWH's way of testing the hearts, to see if we will fall into the snare of contentiousness or not. Our choice is to remain open, holding things like this "loosely" so as not to become rigid or dogmatic in error. We do have to make a choice for our own community as a general practice, for instance, in celebration of Feasts for without this determination, chaos would reign. But we have no intention or desire to enter into contentiousness over these matters with anyone.
One day, our Messiah will come. When He is here, there will be no more doubt or confusion as He will make all such matters clear. Kumi ori, Y'shua!
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is
in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity. (I Cor. 13:9-13)
In recent months the controversy over our Messiah intensifies, just as we are told it would as we draw nearer to His return. There is a resounding crash going on between those who see Him as a Prophet and those who see Him as the Son of God. There is perhaps a more subtle crash as people debate whether He is actually God or a representative of God.
So that there would be no confusion as to where we stand on this issue, let it be known that we firmly declare Him, Y'shua ha Maschiach, (Jesus of Nazareth as we formerly knew Him) to be fully God and fully man. He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily as written in Colossians 1: 13-20. We declare Him to be One with the Father as He Himself declared as recorded in the words of John 17: 21-23. The plural unity is described in Hebrew as echad and seems to lack a comparable word in the English language.
A simple analogy that has helped make the picture more clear for some is as follows: If we were to consider all of the Red Sea to be our Elohim, then we were to remove a cup of the Red Sea to represent the Son; it could be said that the Son/water in the cup is ALL God but it is not all OF God.
We Believe that a strong Messianic fellowship begins with solid relationship between the individual and our Elohim, Who is Himself, relational, or echad in Hebrew. We have developed a study guide that can be used for those new to Hebraic understanding, as well as our guide for Bar or Bat Mizvah for our young people.
Our focus is two fold, and may be different from other fellowships you find. We include materials for both aspects of growth; Personal development and spiritual growth. We view this as the two aspects that are necessary in order to develop a full and accurate comprehension of our Father's teachings.
My son, hear your father's instruction, and do not forsake the law of your mother;
for they shall be an ornament of grace to your head, and chains for your neck.
Proverbs 1: 8-9
We recommend that it is most effective for growth in knowledge to take place within the context of committed relationships.
Because knowledge gained outside of the context of relationship
is only half of His plan for us.
In this guide, you will find our general recommendations for the development of a good foundational understanding of this Torah Pursuant Walk. We understand that most people seem most interested in topical studies as they are beginning to study. However, we do recommend that anyone, individual or group, make a concerted effort to get a good foundational study and understanding of how the Hebraic viewpoint develops as they are beginning to make this transition. Topical studies are good, but cannot help an individual develop a solid basic understanding as they make this shift.
Unless YHWH builds a house it will be in vain, so we advise that it is best for there to be a clear calling as a basis for starting any fellowship group.
Our personal desire to do so is, alone, not enough!
A Messianic fellowship needs to encourage individual faith for its members and yet also is dependent on the integrity and commitment of those individuals.
There is need for balance in both individual and corporate needs as a group is established.
Why not check out our Leadership Development Email Coaching Course to prepare for all that is needed! Check out a course description and how it can help those new to leadership at the link below. This course draws from material on this website, as well as other resources, and puts them together in a weekly format with additional teaching observations provided in each weekly lesson that are not found on the site.
New to the Messianic Torah walk?
When one comes to the understanding that all of the Word is still valid and for all those who follow Messiah Yeshua today, it leads to changes in lifestyle. While there is joy in Messiah to make these changes, there is also often confusion and stress with others who do not understand the reason for your changes. This book includes the responses from people who have made this transition, addressing the ten most challenging areas.
Newly revised and updated in 2018, this book is now available in both Kindle and paperback format!
Mike Clayton of Joined to HaShem Ministries had this to say about it:
Making the transition from a Southern Baptist Pastor to a Hebrew Roots Teacher was a path filled with many mistakes. I believe if "New To Torah" had been written a number of years ago, it would have saved much self inflicted heartache and strained relationships. I highly recommend this book to all who are new to the Hebrew Roots movement as well as those who have been pursuing Torah for some time.
Restoration of a Torah Pursuant Lifestyle Involves some Dietary Changes
but there is a great deal of confusion!
An investigative report from a returning Ephraimite, two-house, maturity perspective
August and September 2006, by Robert D. Klika, B.S.Animal Science and Barbara L. Klika, MSW
June 2010, by Robert D. Klika, B.S. of Set Apart Ministries
August, 2010 by Barbara L. Klika, MSW
Encouragement to observe YHVH's guidelines. Food can take our focus off Messiah. Here is a discussion of how this can happen.