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YOU ARE MINE – A Special Ancient Biblical Adoption Ceremony
November 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
In the story of the Bible, there are multiple accounts of adoptions taking place. From Esther being taken in by her uncle to go on and become queen to Jacob, demonstrating an ancient Mesopotamian adoption ceremony with Ephraim and Manasseh. The theme of adoption reaches an eschatological scope in the book of Ezekiel when nations are declared to become sons of YHVH, becoming rightful heirs alongside Israel. This message explores why God is so passionate about orphans, adoption, and Israel’s mandate. We also analyze Paul’s language used to describe all believers who find themselves saved in the arms of God.
When the Code of Hammurabi, a famous ancient Babylonian law code, was discovered in 1901, we find adoption legislation and a procedure of what takes place when a father declares an orphan child “his.” We also have prescriptions from Middle Assyrian Laws, the Nuzi tablets, and legislation discovered in Ugarit. So, when we come to the story of the Bible and find Jacob sitting Ephraim and Manasseh on his knee and declaring them “mine,” it is by no means a coincidence. Jacob seems to be initiating a legal protocol of adoption. We find the subject of adoption throughout the Biblical narrative, often through passionate declarations made by YHVH Himself. From the controversial threats in Exodus 22 to the eschatological proclamations in Ezekiel 47, where gentiles will be adopted as His children, receiving inheritance alongside Israel. Why does God have such a heart toward adoption and orphans in the Bible, and what does he call believers to do in response?
After this week’s message, we will demonstrate the same legal adoption ceremony described in the Code of Hammurabi and in the Biblical text as Matthew Vander Els follows this prescription for his daughter, Evelyn. This will be a ceremony that is performed as close as possible to the ancient tradition, which includes taking the child from the water, placing her on his knee, declaring her name, and the house she is now a part of, and concluding with the legal declaration “you are mine.” You won’t want to miss this special ceremony at Founded in Truth Fellowship.
Join us this Saturday, November 26th, for worship services at Founded in Truth Fellowship. There will be no breakfast this week, but there will be a potluck-style lunch after the service. We will be starting our time of worship at 11:00 AM. Our services include an overview of this week’s Torah Portion, blessings over the children, and a Biblically-based message that orbits Yeshua. This week, Matthew is diving into the prominent theme of adoption in the Old and New Testaments.
Founded in Truth Fellowship is a Messianic Church located at 1689 Springsteen Rd, Rock Hill, SC 2973. All are welcome to worship, pray, and dive into God’s Word alongside us. Never been to a Messianic Church before? No problem. We believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the world’s Savior. We meet on Saturdays because we see the blessing in worship ng on the Biblical Sabbath as a sin of the eternal rest found in Jesus Himself. Again, looking for a church in Rock Hill, SC? Join us!
Can’t make it in person? Join us online on our Messianic Church Service Livestream h re on Youtube. The live stream started at 11:00 PM EST, and you can share prayer requests, chat with others, and ask questions. Here is the link to our live stream: https://youtu.be/WvkkoAOgTUI
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