The Amidah also known as ha-Tefilah; also called the Shmoneh Esreh or “The Eighteen Benedictions” (now 19 plus) is prayed twice (or 3x’s) a day by the Rabbinic Orthodox. Some Messianic Leaders (Rabbi, Pastor, Congregational Leader, etc) also seek to press this prayer into rank and file personal adherence. They substantiate this doing so by sighting the ‘Our Father’ (Lord’s) prayer of Mt.6:9 as being (allegedly) ‘part’ of the Amidah. Whalla/Viola – poof; I guess if its part (1/18th more or less) it is! – Huh???
The Amidah (formalized 5th century B.C.E to after 70 C.E.) is a centuries old Pharisaic/Rabbinic ready packaged canned formula prayer (this would constitute ‘vain repetitions’) recited twice to three times a day (this would constitute ‘much speaking’).
Where’s the heart? – Where’s the emotion? – Where’s the honest relationship? Abraham and Moses spoke to Yah as with a friend – David was a man after Yah’s own heart – no ‘canned’ prayer involved! David wrote Psalms with passion and heart – no Psalmidah.
One anomaly of “The Eighteen (now 19 plus) Benedictions” is that Prayer Num. #19 (attributed to Shmuel ha-Katan or Samuel the Younger) is against the ‘minim’ (heretics) that purportedly included the Sadducees to Believers in Yahshua. Some versions of the Amidah attribute this prayer as the 19th of 19 some other versions attribute it as 12th of 19 – either way it makes the “Eighteen Benedictions” a 19 count.
Prayer 19 (12) – Concerning the ‘Minim’ (Heretics)
“May there be no hope for slanderers, and may all wickedness instantly perish, and may all Your enemies quickly be destroyed. May You quickly uproot, smash, destroy, and humble the insolent quickly in our day. Blessed are You, Adonai, who smashes his enemies and humbles the insolent.”
Doesn’t look much like ‘love your enemies’ or ‘pray for those who spitefully use you’ or ‘turn the other cheek’ now does it?
Prayer # 10 is of particular interest for it is for the ‘return of the exiles’. The exiles are the lost 10 tribes. The lost 10 tribes are not Jews from the House of Judah. They are and will be the returning House of Israel. They will be returning with the same gifts and calling Yah originally gave (Rom.11:29). This includes the ‘Double Portion Birthright’ pre-eminence tribe of Joseph with Ephraim and Manasseh which involves the 2 sticks of Ezk.37 and the ‘Two House Theory’ with All of Israel coming together as ‘one’.
May that day come – Blessings