Hebrew vs Greek Mindset 1

I don’t think that I can begin to give the reasons as to why this is important. I don’t think I can begin to express the depths of this subject. Every single author of the Bible was from Israel. That doesn’t necessarily mean they were Jewish, seeing as Judaism wasn’t truly a religion until at least after the time of King Rehoboam, when Judah and Israel split. Because the authors of the Bible were Hebrews, we need to understand the Bible from a Hebraic perspective. Nevertheless, how exactly the Hebraic perspective is defined is a lifetime of study. We need to come out from our cultural and Western mindsets to dig deeply into the mindset presented in the biblical narrative. The culture of heaven is expressed through the tone of voice, the thought patterns, and the Hebraic expression of both the Hebrew language and the Hebrew grammar contained within the Scriptures.

God identified Himself with the Hebrews. There is something about that which is Hebraic that expresses who God is. It stems from the line of Shem, who was given the biggest blessing of the sons of Noah. From looking at Genesis 9:25-27, one might assume that it was Shem that went to his brother Japheth to convince him to help cover their father’s nakedness. This, of course, is speculation, but it nonetheless seems legitimate. My point is that the act of Shem seemed to cause for blessing of the God of Shem. That one act so conveyed the character of God that Noah could not simply bless Shem, but had to bless the God of Shem who would commune with mankind and teach His principles.

One might wonder how the man Abel knew what kind of sacrifice would be acceptable to God. While the Hebrew word for sacrifice is the common Hebrew word in Leviticus for the sacrifices that do not involve blood, there is still something about the sacrifice of Abel that is acceptable, but the sacrifice of Cain is not. Plainly put, it is our faith and not our works that makes the sacrifice acceptable. Abel expressed faith, but Cain offered from obligation. This kind of thing seems to be indicated in the descriptions of the offerings. Abel offered the firstborn of the flock, a lamb without blemish. Cain brought “some” of the fruits of the ground. These aren’t even the first fruits. The two offerings display the character of the men who bring them, and in fact all of our sacrifices are identifications of our relationship unto God. Abel was laying his own life down by bringing that which is precious. Cain brought that which is common. The Hebraic heart is a lavish heart – one turned toward God and all heavenly virtue.

So much of our mindset and culture is set up upon a false foundation. There is something within the heavenly man that is overflowing with Hebraicism. That which is Hebraic is that which is godly. You cannot be both righteous and also Greek. You cannot be both holy and also Mediterranean. You cannot be both of the Kingdom of God and also oriental. You cannot even be Near Eastern, like the Jewish people, and also be Hebraic. That which is Hebrew is much more than Jewish. It defies categories. It is of an Abrahamic faith. The Abrahamite is one who expresses the faith once and for all given, from Adam through to the consummation of the ages. It is this faith that we desire to know and understand. To put our hearts toward that end takes a lifetime of devotion and searching, and maybe we’ll never truly come to it. But the heavenly calling is here and now for the taking, or, as Jesus said, “at hand.”

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