Yeshua NEVER said in order to follow him one needed to say a prayer in one’s heart. He said, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men!” As Yeshua walked by Lake Kinneret he invited those to follow him and become his Talmidim.
Matthew 4:18-25 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
18 “As Yeshua walked by Lake Kinneret, he saw two brothers who were fishermen — Shim‘on, known as Kefa, and his brother Andrew — throwing their net into the lake. 19 Yeshua said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men!” 20 At once they left their nets and went with him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers — Ya’akov Ben-Zavdai and Yochanan his brother — in the boat with their father Zavdai, repairing their nets; and he called them. 22 At once they left the boat and their father and went with Yeshua. 23 Yeshua went all over the Galil teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing people from every kind of disease and sickness. 24 Word of him spread throughout all Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill, suffering from various diseases and pains, and those held in the power of demons, and epileptics and paralytics; and he healed them. 25 Huge crowds followed him from the Galil, the Ten Towns, Yerushalayim, Y’hudah, and ‘Ever-HaYarden.”
So, if there was a “prayer” to be said, then the scriptures would be very clear on that subject. A prayer would seem like a good idea, however, saying a “prayer” and nothing more, releases the one saying the prayer from the responsibility of becoming a Talmid (Disciple). One would say that a verbal declaration is good enough, whether in one’s own heart or aloud. The sincerest form of prayer to follow Yeshua is accepted, yet this seems to be, in many cases, the end and beginning of one’s halakhah. A small simple prayer may be a declaration that one will become a Talmid (Disciple) of Yeshua HaMashiach.
The Talmidim (Disciples)
- Talmidim would “Yoke” to a Rabbi, submit one’s self to the Rabbi for instruction.
- “be covered with the dust of his feet” because the talmid followed so closely. This is considered On The Job Training (OJT).
- Followed, learned, imitated, devoted one’s self to study of Torah with instruction from the Rabbi.
“Come after me,” is a verb. There are many stories where Yeshua is encouraging those to follow him. Some did not follow him even after the “invitation” because of the condition of their hearts.
2 “for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them*. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust. 3 For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest. It is just as he said, “And in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.”
He swore this even though his works have been in existence since the founding of the universe. 4 For there is a place where it is said, concerning the seventh day,
“And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
*”To them” referring to those who were wandering in the desert for 40 years.
- Hebrews 4:3 Psalm 95:11
- Hebrews 4:4 Genesis 2:2
5 “By trusting, Hanokh was taken away from this life without seeing death — “He was not to be found, because God took him away” — for he has been attested as having been, prior to being taken away, well pleasing to God. 6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.”
To be selected as a talmid of a leading Rabbi is a great honor. Wisdom of the Torah and halakhah are transferred to the talmid after years of teaching and on the job training, so that one day the talmid will have his own talmidim. The word “halakhah” is usually translated “the path that one walks.” The word is derived from the Hebrew root Hei-Lamed-Kaf, meaning to go, to walk or to travel. Thus duplicating and perpetuating halakhah. At the heart of halakhah is the unchangeable 613 mitzvot (commandments) that G-d gave to the Jewish people in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible).
Talmid of Yeshua HaMashiach.
Matthew 16:24-27 (CJB)
24 “Then Yeshua told his talmidim, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. 25 For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake will find it. 26 What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or, what can a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man will come in his Father’s glory, with his angels; and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.“
Matthew 28:18-20 (CJB)
18 “Yeshua came and talked with them*
. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim
, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 andteaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you
. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”*referring to His talmidim.”Come after me,” an invitation to all nations to become talmidim, grounded in the halakhah of Yeshua HaMashiach.
by Gabe Pacheco