You Don't Need a Gentile God - Part One
If something supernatural had not happened to me, I doubt very seriously that I would be a Jewish believer in Yeshua. I was ignorant of so many facts.
I want to list all of them, but I do not want this to be a long article.
Anyway, here we go…
The name “Jesus” was not used until about 1500 years after he was born. His family and friends would have called him Yeshua. His being Jewish is a fact many Jewish people know. He was born in Israel.
Jewish people do not need to become Christians. Yeshua did not come to create a new religion. He came to bring the lost sheep of Israel into right standing with the God of Israel. He came to replace the sacrificial system because the Temple was soon to be no longer available. The first believers in Yeshua were known as a Jewish sect called the Way. We have our own culture, traditions, and mindset. As a friend of mine once said, "We weren't supposed to join them (the non-Jewish people). They were supposed to join us."
There is a chapter in the Jewish Holy Scriptures, the Tanakh, about the Messiah. It is Isaiah chapter 53. The first time I read it, I knew it was about Yeshua. That was interesting, considering that I knew nothing about him. I looked to see what rabbis had to say about the chapter and learned that they said it was about Israel. But how can Israel atone for Israel?? And just reading Psalm 78 or remembering the golden calf, we know they were not without sin. Side note... It is sometimes called “the forbidden chapter.” If you plan to read it, before you begin, pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to show you the truth.
It was primarily Jewish men who primarily wrote the entire New Testament. There are different opinions about one author named Timothy. Three opinions probably originated with two Jewish people, nu? (1) He was not Jewish. (2) He was a convert. (3) He was Jewish.
As far as Jewish believers in Yeshua whom I know, most have maintained their Jewishness. They keep Shabbat, eat according to the prohibitions in the Torah, celebrate the Jewish holidays, etc. Their kids have a bris, bar/bat mitzvah. They do not celebrate Christmas or Easter. Unfortunately, some Jewish people have accepted Yeshua and call him Jesus. They have distanced themselves from Judaism. That is not the majority. Those people grieve me. I always say, “it is as if they have received a Gentile transfusion.” Sad!!
If you do a Google search for Messianic in any city with a Jewish population anywhere in the world, you will find one or more Messianic congregations. Some are more Jewish than others.
Worldwide, there are 350,000+ Jewish believers in Yeshua. 10,000+ in Israel.