An Introduction to the Torah Driven Life
Here is a short and simple explanation of what I hope to accomplish here.
“Torah Driven Life” is the blog / ministry / brain child of Jesse ben Yosef. (The majority of the content is provided by my own personal studies, although occasional guest contributions are made.)
Let me start off by saying that I am both a Torah keeper and a believer in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, and my life’s passion has been to research the restoration of the lost ten tribes of Israel, the House of Joseph. I believe the Torah of Israel is the shared heritage of both my fellow Christians and Messianics, and the Jewish people, and that together, we make up the whole house of Israel.
As of the writing of this testimony, I have been involved in the Torah keeping, “Hebrew Roots” movement for about a decade.
The event which inspired me to become involved in the Torah keeping / Hebrew Roots Movement was a dream I had when I was about twenty-two years old. In this dream, I laid upon a doctor’s operating table. A doctor came in and spoke to me, telling me that I would be given a new set of eyes; and that with these eyes, I would be able to see deeper, better, and more clearly than I had ever seen before. After the man was finished replacing my eyes, and I had awakened, I noticed that things looked the same as they had looked before the operation. When I inquired about this, the man replied that in the future, I would indeed be able to see more clearly, but that this gift would not manifest immediately.
It was a very intense dream. I woke up, able to remember it with vivid recollection.
While I didn’t immediately jump into the Hebrew Roots Movement, the dream did prompt me to do one thing right away: to read my Bible, because I knew that the dream was from God. Now although I was raised a Protestant Christian, I was fairly secular at the time of the dream; but after the dream, I endeavored to draw close to God again, and I did this by reading the Scriptures, from cover-to-cover.
At that time, I had some friends who came into my life, who were convinced that keeping the Torah was part of their Judeo-Christian heritage. Of course, I argued against it; but as I read the Scriptures, I realized they were right. I could not continue to rationalize the theological discrepancies I had been taught in church, that the Messiah had “nailed the law to the cross,” and that “grace nullified the law.” Over the next couple months, my wife and I decided to do such “Jewish things” as eating kosher and keeping the Sabbath- not because they were Jewish, but because they were Biblical.
Now as it is written in the Book of Job, God gives, and God takes away. In most ways, we have been blessed for making the decision to keep the Torah; but in some ways, we have also suffered. First, we lost some of our closest friends because of our difference in belief. Then I took a substantial demotion (and pay cut) from my employer, because I was no longer available to work Saturdays. Perhaps the biggest hit was when my family’s reaction when I broke the news to them that we had given up Christmas in favor of the Biblical holidays.
Life was difficult for a time, this much is true; but over the years that followed, God has given back abundantly more than what I had ever lost. My network grew and grew.
Since that time, we have entered into a very close network of Torah keeping friends. I have a new career with a company in which the owner is also Sabbath keeper, doing something I actually enjoy doing. But perhaps the highlight of my spiritual life since coming to Torah was the B’ney Yosef Congress- an event in the land of Israel, in which over 130 “Ephraimite” delegates gathered together in love and unity. I wrote elsewhere in memory of the Congress, that “When I came into the Torah lifestyle, I lost most of my family. When I came to the B’ney Yosef Congress, I found them again.”
I lost a handful of friends, a job I didn’t like, and family I had never really been close to; but in return, God has given me many more friends than I had lost, a career that makes me happy, and a family reunion like none other.
All of this from one simple dream, over a decade ago. And life has been on the up-and-up ever since.
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