Hebraic & Jewish Roots
The Oath of the Covenant (2011)
The Bible is often termed the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. When Christians take communion, or the Eucharist, they often recite the words of Jesus: ÔThis is the blood of the new covenant. But what exactly does the term covenant mean for followers of Jesus? Covenants are essentially a legal agreements between two entities, which are then sealed or confirmed by the swearing of an oath.
Covenants invariably included promises and conditions. There are many covenants recorded in the Bible. Some of these are between God and man, either individually or collectively. Most of these God - man covenants are with the nation of Israel. Jeremiah prophesied that God would make (or cut) a new covenant with Israel. This covenant, he stated, would not be like the covenant that God made with their forefathers when He led them out of Egypt. Jesus later instituted this new covenant. Those who surrender their lives to Jesus, therefore, are in covenant union with God through Jesus.
This book provides some insights into the meaning of oath and covenant gleaned from certain episodes from Israel's history, particularly the covenant between Joshua and the Gibeonites. These insights help us relate to how covenant was understood in ancient Israel (and later by Jesus and His Jewish followers).
In Covenant with Jesus (2012)
When Jesus ate the Passover meal with His Jewish disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem, He took a cup of wine and said these profound words, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which on your behalf is being poured out... for... the forgiveness of sins." *
This New Covenant that Jesus spoke of was prophesied 600 years before by Jeremiah, when he foretold that Gold would cut a New Covenant with the house of Israel. Jesus was the representative Israelite with whom God cut this covenant, a covenant which was subsequently ratified by His death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead. Many people, both Jewish and Gentile, placed their trust in Jesus as the mediator of this New Covenant. What, however, did being in covenant with Jesus really mean for those early believers? What does it mean for people today to be in covenant with someone who lived some two thousand years ago? These are some of the questions which will be briefly touched upon in this book.
* Luke 22:20, Matthew 26:28; Mounce and Mounce Greek and English Interlinear New Testament.
Three Sons of Abraham (2013)
In 1813 forty-one Jewish followers of Jesus met together in the East End of London to worship the God of their forefathers. This group was named the Benei Abraham - the Sons of Children of Abraham.
This gathering marked the beginning of a new movement within the world-wide Church. Until that point when a Jewish person confessed faith in Jesus as Lord and Messiah they generally were expected to surrender their Jewish identity and blend into the predominantly Gentile Church. Now a statement was made - we are followers of Jesus and we will remain as Jews!
The Benei Abraham began under the umbrella of the London Jews Society (known as Church's Ministry among Jewish People [CMJ] today), but in time it developed into the Hebrew Christian Messianic Jewish movement. Today this movement numbers well in excess of one hundred thousand adherents world-wide. Its very existence is a challenge to the universal Church to be reconciled to its Jewish heritage and origins.
Three Sons of Abraham traces the lives of three German-born Jewish followers of Jesus - Joseph Frey, Joseph Wolff and Michael Solomon Alexander (the first Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem) who all played significant roles in the formation and development of this new and exciting movement.
Israel, Jesus & Covenant (2017)
Today many individuals, institutions and even nations are endeavouring to delegitimise the right for the nation of Israel to exist in the land of Israel.
Additionally there are many in the world who are attempting to deny the actual existence or true identity or mission of Jesus of Nazareth.
The existence and legitimacy of both entities, Israel and Jesus, stand upon the very same foundation and principle - the purposes of God Almighty as confirmed through the swearing of a covenant oath.
Oaths are a reflection of the character of the one who swore them. The character of God Almighty is much dependent, therefore, upon whether He keeps or breaks the oaths which He has sworn.
This book explores the dual roles of the nation of Israel and of Jesus (both the collective seed and the individual seed, both the collective servant of God and the individual servant of God). Special emphasis is given to the promises of God which were confirmed by the swearing of an oath, and of the relevance of these sworn oaths today.