Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, June 23, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

One In Messiah part 2 – Romans, part 113

Romans 9:1 I tell the truth in Messiah—I do not lie, my conscience assuring me in the Ruach ha-Kodesh— 2  that my sorrow is great and the anguish in my heart unending. 3  For I would pray that I myself were cursed, banished from Messiah for the sake of my people—my own flesh and blood.

Rabbi Trail: This isn’t deja-vu, I really did write about these same verses yesterday.  These 3 chapters of Romans (9, 10, & 11) could be called Messianic Judaism 101.  In them, Paul expresses God’s heart for the inclusion of His chosen people, the children of Jacob (aka Israel).

The preponderance of the reformation revived the call on our lives, as followers of Yeshua, to personal holiness.  That was based on a right understanding of Romans 6,  7, & 8.  What was missing from the reformation is the call to include Jewish people in the family of God.  This is based on a right understanding of Romans 9, 10, & 11.

One other thing (in this RT)… when Jewish people do receive the Jewish Messiah, (This should be normative as Yeshua is the greatest Jew Who ever lived.) it should not be the end of their Jewishness (as they quietly join a church and become part of the homogenous soup of Christianity), but be recognizably Jewish as part of a Messianic Jewish community.

God created people groups throughout the earth because He loves the various flavors of people.  Each culture must value what is good through the “lens” of the Holy Spirit, and celebrate God’s goodness.  This is true of Jewish culture as well.  End RT.

Paul is sharing his heart for the inclusion of Jewish people in the family of God.  Jewish evangelism is missing from much of the “Hebrew Roots” movement.  As we study these three chapters, I pray that the Lord will reawaken our own desire to see the salvation of what Paul calls, “my people.”

Effective Jewish evangelism requires the “two witnesses” of both Jewish and non-Jewish people to be effective.  It certainly did for me.  I remember the first time someone showed me a Christian Bible with a Star of David on the spine.  It had a cross in the middle.  I dropped it like a “hot potato” and said, “Somebody is nuts, these two symbols don’t go together.”  (They do go together, and I see that now.)

What is the “one new man?”  Is it supposed to be a “homogenous soup” of humanity, (the product of a high-speed blender) without distinctives?  Let’s understand that “one new man” (in the words of David Rudolph, PhD) does not mean “one less Jew.”  Jewish people who are part of the body of Messiah should remain in their culture as recognizably Jewish.  And there is no better way for that to happen than in a Messianic Jewish community.

The “one new man” is purposed by God to make Israel jealous.  We have the Jewish Messiah.  We love the Jewish Messiah.  We have a relationship with the Jewish Messiah, that was always supposed to include Jewish people.  Forty-one years ago, I saw this and thought, “Good for them.  I’m glad they have peace through Yeshua.”  But my next thought was, “Why not me too?”  At that moment, I received Yeshua as my personal Lord and Savior.

Immediately following that special moment, Mark Diamond, a Jewish friend who had been influential as I was seeking the Lord, pulled me aside and led me in a special prayer.  He prayed that my Jewishness would become more meaningful to me (now that I had received the Jewish Messiah) than ever before.  And it has.  I’m thankful he prayed that prayer.  Would you covenant with God to pray similarly when the occasion arises?

And while we’re on the subject, let’s pray in agreement with God’s heart for the inclusion of Jewish people back into His family.  The one new man is brought together for mutual blessing.  Non-Jewish people will not reach their destiny without a lot of Jewish people coming along.  And Jewish people will not reach their destiny without a lot of non-Jewish people coming along.  Why?  Because we have a shared destiny.

Revelation 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a vast multitude that no one could count—from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues—was standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 23 Jun-2023 4th of Tamuz, 5783
Nu 17:10[25]-18:20 Jer 46-47 Ezr 6 2 Co 8 (Lk 6:27-49)