Why We're Here
First and foremost, we are a House of Prayer for all nations.
The Hebrew word for “to pray” is the verb l’hitpalel. This verb is based on the three letter root Peh, Lamed, Lamed (PLL). Rather than meaning “to ask” or “to petition”, the root actually relates to “Judging” or to “Intervention.” Thus, what this verb can actually mean is “to judge oneself” or “to intervene for oneself.”
In Judaism it is said, “that Man is pulled in various directions - not only by social and environmental pulls, but also by inner drives. When we stand and pray, we are effectively acting against our own lesser, meaner nature and intervening on behalf of our higher, nobler side. We judge ourselves - and we intervene with ourselves. Prayer which is uttered carefully and thoughtfully, is a great builder of character and a road to truth.”
Shoresh David was birthed on this concept of prayer. In Isaiah 56:4-7 we read:
For thus says the LORD, "To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off. "Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the Sabbath And holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."
We invite you to join us as we seek to make Shoresh David a “House of Prayer for All People.”
Here are a few articles about the Essentials of Hebrew Prayer in Liturgy from our Lead Shamash.
PRAISE & WORSHIP
Our purpose on this earth is to worship and bring glory to Adonai.
When the Hebrew’s were redeemed by God from Egypt they were given a very specific set of instructions for the building of the tabernacle. These instructions contained specifics on how God was to be worshiped. Primarily worship was performed through the different animal sacrifices offered on the altar.
King David built another Tabernacle and instituted a new form of sacrifice: continual praise and worship in the presence of God. David's order of worship was joyful, exuberant, emotional, involving many singers, musicians, and instruments ministering loudly, and demonstratively before the Ark of the Covenant; It was a "New Covenant" type of worship with free access to the throne of God.
It was David’s desire to build a House for God. The Prophet Nathan comes to him and tells him that it will be his offspring that shall build the house, but not David. In 2 Samuel 7:18 we read David’s prayer.
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:
"Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD ?
What is most significant is that David “sat before the Lord”, and where did David sit? He was sitting in front of the Ark of the Covenant, in the very presence of the Lord. The worship which David instituted was different from what occurred in the services in the Tabernacles of Moses which consisted primarily of: animal sacrifices, prayers, intercession, and symbolic actions, the High priest alone entering the Holy of Holies to stand before the Ark. Worship was in holy reverence only.
On the other hand the Tabernacle of David added new understanding and patterns. There was no altar, and while David did offer animal sacrifices, they were not offered in the same way as the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Praise and worship along with prayer and intercession took place. There was freedom in the expression of worship, and the Ark was not behind a veil.
Unfortunately, in the days of Yeshua temple worship had fallen back once again into purely ritualistic animal sacrifices. Joyful praise had ceased; instruments were silent; singers and those bringing praise had long since abandoned their ministry of worship.
However, the first century congregations enjoyed a rebirth of joyful celebration as they sang "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thanksgiving in their hearts." (Col. 3:16) Shaul (Paul) urged believers to "sing and make melody with their hearts to the Lord." (Eph. 5:19) and to "sing with the spirit and to sing with the mind also." (1Cor. 14:15) the historian Josephus wrote that believers sang so loudly in the lions' den that they drowned out the roar of the beasts!
At the council of Jerusalem, Yaacov (James) proclaimed that the ancient prophecy of Amos was being fulfilled in the New Covenant Kehilat (congregation). "After these things, I will return, and I will rebuild the Tabernacle of David, which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord." (Acts 15: 16-17)
We at Shoresh David worship with the same abandon as did David. We express ourselves through music, song, dance, clapping, the lifting of hands, and the sounding of the Shofar.
In Matthew 28 we are called to go out and make disciples of all nations. This is our great commission. The body of Messiah has been trying to fulfill this commission for close to two thousand years, and yet in many ways we have failed.
We believe that a fresh look and approach must be brought forth in order for us to truly grow as disciples and to fulfill this commission given to us by Messiah.
In the book of Isaiah, the prophet says the following in chapter 50;
4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I should know how to sustain with words him that is weary; He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught.
In those verses the word “taught” can also mean “disciple.” Thus it would read, “The
Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the disciple, that I should know how to sustain with words him that is weary.”
We see in these verses that we are to be able to learn, we are to have discipline, and we are to be able to teach. We are to have the ear of a learner, one who is taught, the true disciple. We must learn how to pass on what we have been taught to the one who is weary. We are to discipline ourselves and listen to God morning by morning and have an ear to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to His disciples.
How do we see discipleship at Shoresh David? There are three basic concepts which we believe speak to our fulfilling the challenge given to us by God.
1) Disciple: Receiving. We take the truths that we have received.
2) Discipling: Passing on. We pass on these truths to others. This is discipling.
3) Reproducing: Envisioning. We build a reproductive vision in the disciple.
We believe that the three steps above can be best accomplished by following a simple formula.
“Be a Barnabas; Pursue a Paul; and Train a Timothy.”
We are to find a Barnabas, someone who will walk alongside of us and hold us accountable. We must find a Paul, an elder in the Lord who can pour into us what God has poured into them, and we must find a Timothy. The Timothy is that younger person in the Lord into whom we can pour.
This is the heart of true discipleship. We at Shoresh David want to help you be all that you can be in the Lord. We want to help you identify your gifting and talents, and equip you to use them to your best ability to bless the body of Messiah. We want to equip you and enable you to go out and reproduce yourself in others, so that ultimately together we will help to establish God’s Kingdom here on earth, and impact the world as we rise to the challenge of discipling the nations.
How will they know if we don't tell them? Not only about Yeshua, but about the richness of our common Jewish heritage and the power of Echad, "Oneness" in Mashiach.
We at Shoresh David believe that outreach is a vital part of the Great Commission given to us by Yeshua (Jesus). While we must focus on discipleship and the equipping of believers for the work of ministry, we must also impact our community, the outlying City, the State, and ultimately our country.
In the book of Acts we read; "but you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
In the above verse, Jerusalem can be referring to our immediate family, neighbors, coworkers, and those in our own community. When we speak of Judea and Samaria, this refers to those in outlying communities and cities that we can influence. Then finally we are told that we will be witnesses to the ends of the earth. This can only be done through the power of God, and the outpouring of His Spirit upon us.
As this congregation grows we would like to see outreach in the following areas:
1. Speaking to Churches and Church groups on the Hebraic perspective of the Good News of Messiah
2. Performing demonstrations related to the Feasts of the Lord, such as Passover Seders in Churches and the community.
3. Hosting lectures by speakers who challenge and bolster our faith in GOD.
4. Host Bless Israel events in the community to inform people about the prophetic significance of the Jewish homeland.
5. Musical and Davidic outreach to Churches and the community.
These are just a few of our ideas to start with. We are looking forward to having an impact and believe that Avinu (Our Father) will show us numerous more ways that we can be a blessing to our community. It is our desire to reach all with the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah, and the salvation that is offered in His Name.
We want to stay in touch with you in your busy schedule. So, we are using every resource available to us to reach out with the Good News of Yeshua ha' Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).