Beit Emet means House of Truth. Beit Emet is a Karaite Messianic Congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach AKA Jesus the Christ. We're a home-based fellowship located in Northwestern Indiana. We believe with complete trust in the Hebrew Scriptures, commonly called the Old Testament as we trust in the Blood of the Lamb of God.
If you're in Northwest Indiana or Southern Cook County Illinois and think you're alone in your walk to be more like Yeshua our Messiah, keeping the commands of God and the faith of Jesus, rest assured, you're not alone.
We welcome you and look forward to rejoicing in God with you.
What is the Torah?
In general, we use the word Torah to identify the first five books of the Bible written by Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. However, the Torah itself is older than the world. The word Torah is Hebrew. It means direction, teaching, and instruction. Originally they were a collection of writings then they were put together as a cohesive book. The modern grouping of books didn't exist during Moses’, David’s, or Yeshua's time. It wasn't until many generations after Moses made the final stroke that it was sectioned off into the current format of books. A Torah Scroll is not sectioned by book titles or numbered; it is one scroll, one Torah.
Does the Law save us?
In one word, "No." The Torah has never saved. It wasn't designed to save. Consider this. When driving, obeying the rules of the road won't save the driver or passengers from a wreck. It does mean the driver has done his or her part in protecting life; however, it is God that blesses us on our going out and coming in. God is our Savior. He saves! Salvation only comes from God.
Torah teaches us how to treat people. Torah instructs us on how to love GOD. Torah gives us directions on how to follow God. It is true; Salvation is only in God. Deuteronomy 8:11 tells us that to forget the instructions of God is to forget Him. Only GOD can save see Psalm 62:1. Yeshua came to saves us. (Yeshua is GOD!)
To sin is best described as missing the mark. Like an archer not hitting the target. The Torah explains what it is to sin or miss the mark. It teaches God’s principles by which every person is to live, regardless of one’s genetic background, Israeli or not. Israel is the guardian of Torah and was purposed to serve God and to teach the nations the Way of God.
Isn't keeping the Law trying to earn salvation?
A lot of people think that keeping the law means earning or working for their salvation. That could not be farther from the truth. First off, what can I give God for everything God has given me? Everything I have is because of Him. What price is truly fit to pay for my life? Salvation is a gift. The person given a gift doesn't earn it. Then it's not a gift; it's a wage. The person given a gift does have the responsibility of taking care of that gift and to show appreciation for the gift. Like all gifts, they come with instructions. How to care for, use, clean, and maintain. They also come with warnings; dangerous things to avoid, what it's not intended for use as. Keeping the Law is not about salvation, it's about how to care for the gift we have been given. It warns us of the dangers of misuse and gives notice of things to avoid to have this gift forever. Keeping the law is about discipleship and following the leader. Who do you want to be like? Joseph who in all his trials and pains didn't sin. Or like Yeshua who maintained His obedience to God in everything? Or maybe like Moses who did everything the Lord commanded? Or maybe our goal is to be like Dathan who died in rebellion? Or Esau who God hated? Or like Herod who knew the Law but refused to obey it? Or like the Anti-Christ, who does and teaches against Jesus's teaching? Jesus would ask the question, what did Moses tell you to do? Then he would tell them to go do it. The Anti-Christ says, forget what Moses told you and do anything else.
Does violating the Torah affect our relationship with God?
Yes. To violate the Torah is to sin. See Proverbs 14:34
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.
Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination. Consider Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Finally, Psalm 50:16-17 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or [that] thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
Many times, people confuse salvation with discipleship. They are different. Salvation is an act of GOD or a hero. There is nothing I can do to save me. God is my salvation. So, when God saves (rescues, delivers, etc.,) an individual from their situation that does not mean that person is in follower or a disciple of God, it doesn't even mean they believe in God. It simply means God has rescued that person. Salvation is not earned. Israel did not earn salvation from the oppression of Pharaoh and the Egyptians (See Exodus 3:9-10). Similar to how Yeshua rescued the woman who was caught in adultery from the hands of her would-be executioners. (See John 8:1-11). These are two very different situations. Israel was not in bondage because of sin, however, the woman was guilty of sin. In both circumstances salvation was received. The salvation was not to start sinning nor was it to continue to sinning with a clean conscience. Yeshua acknowledged the woman's sin, then he tells her Go and sin no more.
Do you celebrate the Jewish Feasts?
The best answer is Yes and No. The God of Heaven and Earth is very jealous and he doesn’t give His praise or glory to another person/god/or religion. For a little clarification see Exodus 20:5, 34:14, Nahum 1:2 to call a few verses also see Isaiah 42:8, and Acts 12:23. The Appointed Times of God predates Judaism and Humanity. Although most people call them Jewish Feast or Jewish Holidays, they aren't Jewish. They are GOD's.
On the fourth day of creation, days before Man, God created the stars, the moon, and the sun for His Appointed Times וּלְמ֣וֹעֲדִ֔ים in Hebrew it means for Appointed Times Genesis 1:14. This isn’t conclusive evidence that the Appointed Times belong to God. What it does mean is the times and seasons were established before Man was created and/or expelled from the Garden. So, we must look elsewhere.
Leviticus 23 seals the deal. In verse one, God is speaking to Moses and He tells Moses about His very special events, designated times that were established before the earth was corrupted by sin. These times are very important to Him. God uses the phrase appointed times. God instructs Moses that the Appointed Times belong to Him. He declares the times “are my designated times.” Then God begins to list each one starting with the weekly celebration the Shabbat, the only day of the week He gave a name.
The Biblical feast belongs to the God of Heaven and Earth. The One who created time and space, Man and beast. I tell people, “These are God’s Feast, I just take them personal.”
However, there are man-made feasts like Purim and Hanukah. These are times of celebration for the Jewish people and friends and we celebrate these, they are not the high holies of God’s Appointed Times. They are celebrations of God’s triumph over attempts to wipe Israel off the map. After all, "They tried to kill us, God saved us, Let’s eat!"
Consider Matthew 8:29 The demons understand the Appointed Times of God! Do we?
What Would Jesus Do?
There was a popular chant in Christianity, 'What Would Jesus Do?' I think people started to realize Jesus wouldn't do many of the things they said were for him. The chant has since died down. When people want to know the answer to "What would Jesus do?" They must look where Jesus looked for his answers and His way of life; the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms. (Read Luke 4:16).
Jesus repeatedly said, “It is written...” Not once did he quote Apostle Paul, church father Jerome, sage Hillel, Emperor Constantine, the Constitution of America, the Talmud, etc., for insight from God, he went to the Scripture to fight the wicked one, to teach the people and to govern his daily life.
We must do the same!
In the words of Paul, “I speak to you as sensible people; judge for yourselves what I am saying.” 1 Corinthians 10:15
Be like the people of Berea. They searched the Scripture to see what the Scripture says, they didn't just follow popular opinion. Acts 17:10-11.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Words of Jesus John 5:39 KJV