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Monday, September 26, 2005

Why?

Being a Messianic Jewish believer can, at times, elicit many conflicting emotions when it comes to witnessing to one's own people.

http://www.messianicassociation.org/arad.htm

There is nothing that I desire more than to see my brothers and sisters come to know THEIR Messiah (as well as the world's). I feel for Paul when he writes in Romans 9, these words:

I am speaking the truth in Christ--I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit -- that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

However as can be seen from recent events in Eretz Israel this year, the Hasidim are violent in their opposition to the Messianic Believers' presence there. You would think after the millennia of persecution that we have faced, there would be an intolerance to using the same tactics against our own people that were used against us in the not-so-distant past.

However, the reality is that the Hasidim justify this by making the statement; "The believer in this Yeshua is no longer Jewish." But again, I ask, does this justify the violence done to the believers? Although the Hasidim are incorrect; we have never 'stopped' being Jewish; even if this were true as in their bent perspective, would that actually justify stoning and burning a Messianic House of Worship?

Does this not bring up images of Kristallnacht? I am not one of those who would label my own people with the title reserved for the perpetrators of the aforementioned event, however I spoke with a survivor of the camps in WW II, who is now a believer and he said the same things! Is this not tragic; for a man who survived the camps of the Nazis to now, in his old age, be going through the same harassment again, but this time in Eretz Israel?!

The images conjure up not only the events of the pogroms of the past, but also of the days when Messiah walked the streets of Jerusalem, being harassed by the Jewish religious leadership of the day. It is tragic how little has changed in Eretz Israel when it comes to the persecution of those who would follow Messiah!

7 comments:

Charles North said...

Thanks for sharing brother. You are truly part of a fascinating group. On Sunday mornings I'm teaching Acts, and got some resistance to this comment: "When Jews (in Acts) became Christians they never stopped being Jews. Gentiles did not have to become Jews to become Christians, and Jews did not have to stop being Jewish." People disagreed! Go figure.

Ray said...

Amazing...

I once told my youth group, (at another church), that Jesus was Jewish. I actually mentioned it in passing, as if it were a foregone conclusion, yet I had one young person actually tell me I was wrong! She insisted that Jesus was not, in fact, Jewish!

INCREDIBLE -- And this came from someone who had been raised in the church!

jon.marq said...

Ray, over the past several weeks I have been leading our house church in a study of Romans. We hit a bump in the "Romans road" when I pointed out that Paul loved his own Jewish people (Rom9), prayed for their salvation (Rom10)and hoped for the ultimate restoration (Rom11). I still wonder what the phrase "full number of Gentiles" means exactly, but that mystery does not keep me from praying and hoping for the salvation of Israel.

Ray said...

jon marq - Thanks for your comment, it is much appreciated...

Ephraim said...

jon marq,

The phrase "fullness of the nations(gentiles)" is the result of, and directly linked to, the blessing given to Yosef's youngest son Efrayim. It is a long, involved study of how YHWH sowed the seed of promise throughout the world to all people so that may receive His grace, but it is well worth the time.
When you understand that mystery, many other "difficulties" begin to make sense.

Sorry if my response seems vague, but I have not posted here at this blog before and I don't want to go too far on the first try.

Shalom

Ray said...

ephraim - I am familiar with you from Pyro's BLOG... Comment away! :-)

Ephraim said...

Thank you Ray,

Jon Marq, you might want to look at the Hebrew when you read the blessing pronounced by Ya'akov upon Efrayim. There you will see the words "melo haGoyim", or, in English, "the fullness of the nations".

This is what Sha'ul is referring to in Romans chapter 11. You may then ask, what does the "fullness of the nations", spoken to the young Efrayim, have to do with ALL Israel being saved?

Yeshua said that He had come ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Yirme'yahu 31, the renewed covenant. Who did YHWH make the covenant with? The House of Yehudah and the House of Israel. And yet we see people all over the world coming to Him, being drawn by the Father, entering into covenant with Him, and being part of His "one fold with one shepherd". Read Amos 9:9.

Look through the prophet Hoshea and see what YHWH says about Efrayim and his last days restoration with older brother Yehudah. Specifically, read the second half of what is called chapter 37 in Ezekial. The prophecy of the two sticks coming together. Notice that the stick of Yosef is in the hand of Efrayim.

Connect those dots and let me know what you think. Also look at Aleph Kefa where he quotes directly from Hoshea. Very interesting indeed.

May YHWH bless your study,

Shalom