Sulam Ya'aqov Messianic Fellowship (The Fellowship Of Jacob's Ladder) LARGE TITLE
Thursday, 13 December 2018

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. Is it right to share the Gospel of Good News (Salvation) with Jewish people?

The Gospel is G-d’ s saving work for mankind through the prophesied incarnation, death and resurrection of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah or Christ). This was to be both a unique and universal plan to draw all races, tribes, tongues and nations back into communion with a Holy G–d.

Sin has marred us and separated us from the Lord, the Bible clearly teaches that all have sinned and fallen short of G-d’s standards. This is the reason Israel was scattered amongst the nations in the first place. A reading of the prophets shows that rebellion and idolatry bought judgement from the Holy One upon His people. But G-d is a covenant keeping G-d and He who scattered would regather as Jeremiah the prophet wrote. Israel was meant to be a source of blessing to the Goyim (Nations) but failed to take the ‘good news’ to a needy world. That is why when Yeshua started His ministry he stated, "I have only come to the lost sheep of Israel." He called His fellow Jews to be His first disciples (talmidim), for through them the message of the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life quickly spread. The Gentiles quickly began to accept the ‘words of life’ from these heroic Jewish men who spearheaded the missionary activity into a lost and dying world. Soon gentile believers began to spread the message themselves and the rest is history. (Romans 1:16)

To not give the Gospel to anyone would be to disobey the Word of G-d. In fact the Word says "to the Jew first" and then to the Goyim. This is the pattern the Lord has given us in the New Testament.

2. What about Anti-Semitism committed by Christians through the centuries?

This is a sad part of history which we have addressed under the Israel link button. Anti-semitism should have no part in a true Christian for Jesus taught that we must love one another. We as believers have repented for past actions of others against the Jewish people. A true Christian or Messianic Believer will have a love for Israel and the Jewish people. The way ahead is in good relationships, an openness to study the Holy Scriptures together, gaining one anothers respect. The Holy Spirit will illuminate the Word of G-d into our hearts and minds if we are prepared to read what Jewish men wrote in the first century AD.

3. Aren’t you trying to change Jews into Gentiles?

Absolutely not! A Jew must always remain a Jew and live within his or her culture. What we must do is try and see behind human traditions and look to the Word of G-d. A believing Jew in Yeshua is exactly that, a believing Jew looking for the Messianic Age to come. A Christian is one who believes in Christ, a gentile name for the Messiah. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos. The terminology takes getting used to. Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, but He is also the Gentile Messiah as well. G-d is building one people for Himself with whom He shall have fellowship throughout eternity.

4. What is a Messianic Fellowship then?

This is a body of believers (Jews and Gentiles) who meet on the Sabbath to worship the Lord G-d in spirit and in truth. As with Synagogues there are no graven images just a sense of His Peace as we meet together as one to praise His Holy Name. The full council of G-d is taught, that which is contained within the Book of Life, the Holy Scriptures. It is a guide book for us in this pilgrimage life. We live by G-d’s Word and test all things by it which includes everything said or done. This way we do not fall into error or get led astray. There are many other religions, some of whom try to come under the umbrella of Christianity, but their interpretation of the Scriptures is not sound, and leads to error. G-d is not a G-d of confusion, His truth is there for all to understand when we rightly divide the Word of Life.

5. What does Judaism lack?

The only person missing in Judaism is Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Without accepting Him we do not have life. John the Apostle, a Jew, came to understand this and wrote these very words in his first letter to the community of believers, he and others saw the miracles Yeshua did, they saw prophecies fulfilled in His life, death and resurrection. They were more than convinced who Yeshua (Jesus) was. The rejection of Yeshua by the religious leaders of the day separated Israel from their Messiah. The result was the destruction of the Temple and the scattering of the nation. However, Josephus, a Jewish historian who was a contemporary of the early believers wrote that up to a quarter of the Jewish people believed that Yeshua was the Messiah. This included many of the religious leaders (Acts 6:7). At the present time Messianic Judaism is a growing movement, with many Jewish people turning to faith in the G-d of Israel through Yeshua HaMashiach as was recently documented in the Jerusalem Report.

6. Isn’t it arrogant to impose different religious views on others?

We have a clear code of practice in our endeavours that we strictly adhere to. No one has the right to impose their views on anyone else. All we seek to do is offer a free gift that must be freely accepted, for only the Spirit of G-d can convince a person of the truth of the Gospel. Thousands of Jews around the world have come to a saving knowledge of the truth, they still adhere to the laws of G-d, they still lead Jewish lives and they still love their fellow Jews.

7. How do I know that the New Testament (Brit HaDasha) is true and relevant?

All the writers of the New Testament were Jewish except Luke. They wrote what they saw or what the actual witnesses saw. Their stories and the actual words of Yeshua, His claims and His prophecies were not disputed, but in fact had a profound effect on those that listened. The followers of this Jew of Jews have amounted to millions over the centuries. Proof in itself, for how could this early movement continue for so long when others flounder? Then there is the fact that so many of the early believers were prepared to die under Roman oppression for their faith. Next, one could mention the healings seen around the world when G-d’s Spirit moves after the Gospel has been preached. Lastly, we would mention the numerical system discovered beneath the actual words of the Holy Scriptures. Hebrew and Greek are the only two languages that have a numbering system for each letter of the alphabet. It is no coincidence that we find the Tanach and the Brit HaDasha were written in these two languages. Scholars have therefore been able to give a number to each letter and when passages, names or just the vowels and consonants are added up according to their numerical value the end sum or total is always divisible by the number 7. Any Rabbi, Bible teacher and many believers know that the number 7 is the number of G-d, the number of completion. We have seven days in the week, seven colours in the rainbow, seven gases in our atmosphere, showing the Glory and the completed work of the Almighty. He has stamped His authority into the Scriptures and both the Tanakh and Brit HaDasha have this feature in them, proving that they are both inspired of G-d and not just the words of men. We have then the Words of Life set before us, what we do with them is what counts in this life and in the life to come. Amen

 

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