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Exploring the Jewish roots of Christianity and the ongoing relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers

At the end of this post is a link to a video. You may or may not like his style. Neither does the broadcaster represent the whole Messianic movement, which has different expressions,. Nonetheless, the video is worth watching to the end (including the clips of violence towards Messianic believers) because it provides insight into issues many Gentile believers have not encountered or considered.

Some quick background: This is about the controversy surrounding the launch of a new Hebrew-language Messianic TV station in Israel. Ron Cantor is a Messianic Jew based in Israel. Dr Michael Brown is a Messianic Jewish believer in New York. Laurie Cardoza-Moore heads a strongly pro-Israel ministry but apparently rejects the sharing of the gospel with Jewish people (in a recent interview with a Jewish religious news outlet she stated: “Our only mandate to the Jewish people is to love and support them because they are God's chosen people. Any attempts to convert Jews or downgrade their religion will only sew undue hatred at a time when we should unite in the face of darkness” [see this link - https://flip.it/zFL32- ]).

Messianic Jews do face persecution from time to time in Israel, sometimes with violence. Jewish evangelism is a huge problem for some because of Christendom’s treatment of the Jewish people in the past. When visiting a new city during his missionary journeys the Apostle Paul would usually go to the synagogue to share about the Messiah (on several occasions he was persecuted for it). He also states the gospel is for the Jew first, and then the Gentile (Romans 1:16).

Finally, Messianic believers find themselves in a difficult position. They are rejected by their fellow Jews as non-Jewish for believing Jesus is the promised Messiah. Some are shunned by their families. Many Gentile believers reject Messianic identity based on a flawed interpretation of Galatians 3:28 (note those holding such an interpretation do not extend it to the male and female reference by Paul). Such Gentile believers insist on integration of Jewish believers within the Church, rejecting an authentic Jewish expression of the faith. Finally, some Gentile Christians reject the preaching of the gospel to the Jewish people altogether (despite Paul’s actions), believing they have an alternative route to salvation through Moses and the Law.

If you have not encountered or considered some of these issues, this background, the video and your own research afterwards will highlight this complex situation. Please pray for Jewish believers in Jesus. Pray also that the Jewish people will one day encounter Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:25-26.


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