In the Rites of Passage series, we will discover an underlying principle that puts meaning and sense to the ritual systems that we see in the Torah and throughout the rest of Scripture. It is the underlying process that occurs when going between paganism and the worship of YHVH, being unclean to becoming ritually clean, going from slaves to vassal kings, and so much more. In this series we will discover exactly who we are and where we are going and finally be able to explain why sometimes we get the feeling that we are in an ambiguous state. There will be 3 parts to this series; in part one we will introduce the concept and explore the three parts of the rites of passage. In part two we will then apply these principles to various scenarios in the Hebrew Bible to gain a much better understanding of why certain things occurred. Finally in part three we will take this study into the First Century writings to gain a better understanding of Yeshua’s legal right to Messiahship as well as why Paul frequently uses the language of “old man”/”new man” and exactly what that means to our walk today! This teaching is important to understanding the conversion process from Gentile to Hebrew/Israelite.
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Messiah!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Yeshua, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.