students/believers striving to literally follow the example of our Redeemer and Teacher (יהושׁע, i.e. Yeshua, Yahshua, or Yahusha) through the truth of Scripture and the power of His Spirit/Ruach. He is our rule for what we believe and practice, rather than a theological system or man-made traditions.
is three-fold: learning/teaching, outreach, and service.
The Torah scroll represents the study of the Almighty's Word (written and Living), or learning/teaching. Messiah told those who would believe in Him, "take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS." In the first century, a rabbi's "yoke" was his interpretation and application of the Torah to his life and the lives of his followers. Messiah knew how to interpret and apply the Torah perfectly. Therefore, rather than understanding it to be a burden, He showed it for the true blessing and source of rest that it was intended to be. We enjoy the time we spend together studying His Torah and the blessing that its application has been in our lives.
The menorah represents light breaking through darkness, or outreach. The temple menorah's light was called the "light of the world", as it emanated from the temple for all nations to see. Messiah understood this of Himself when He said "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." He also refers to His disciples saying "you are the light of the world." We gladly continue His ministry of reconciliation/restoration as we shine the light of truth in love.
The footwashing basin represents humility towards others, or service. On the last night that Messiah spent with His followers (Passover), He washed their feet and said "you call Me Teacher and Master; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Master and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you." First and foremost, we are to submit to and serve one another, but we are also called to minister to others in need which we do with grateful hearts.