author: jameseo category: Uncategorized
Hazakim Webpage: Word What We Believe – Pulled from April 17th 2003 Archive
What does Hazakim mean? We attend Beth Messiah Congregation, and are involved in the Messianic (Jews who believe in Jesus) movement. We feel that the culture and context of the Gospel message is essential, thus Hazakim incorporates Messianic elements into their music and ministry, and carry a Hebrew name. Hazakim (Chazakim) is the Hebrew word meaning “Strong Ones”, or “Men of Strength”. This name reflects the call of Rav Shaul (Paul) in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” Hazakim is a name we strive to live up to in Yeshua. We also realize, that we have no strength without God. For the scriptures state in Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my Salvation (Yeshua, I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation (Yeshua).” Therefore, in our ministry, we look to God for EVERYTHING, and trust not in ourselves.
Why Hip-Hop? Besides the fact that we love hip-hop culture, and have been involved in it for more than a decade, we chose hip-hop, not only for it’s large and ever-growing influence on young and old alike, but it’s ability to allow complete expression. No other form of music, in our opinion, allows such a platform to freely express a point. And so, because Hazakim is all about the message of Messiah in our lyrics, what better way to express it than the poetic form of hip-hop? In hip-hop, one can preach a sermon, or teach a lesson, without the constraints of traditional music boundaries. We also believe that ALL music is GOD’s and that although it has been perverted by men, and Satan, that GOD still gets the glory when the music points to Him and His son. Thus the birth of Hazakim, and Hip-Hologetics, a revolution to defend the faith of the gospel, and shine light into the darkness. To dispell the myths concerning Yeshua. To confront man with his sin, and offer the atonement of sin through Yeshua the Messiah.