The following statement was part of a longer posting that appeared in our newsfeed. This statement is NOT taken out of context, but rather, it is a direct quote from an article posted to rebut an earlier statement by the same person in regards to that person’s perspective on Yeshua and the Jews.
“I no longer believe that the Jews need to accept Yeshua the same way I do. He didn’t bring the Jews to the dance. He brought the House of Israel to the dance, a dance that was already happening long before He was born.”
Later in the article the statement is made , concerning Judah, – “ They have the expectation of Messiah from Abraham forward . . . “? Then, the article goes on to basically say the reason jews haven’t accepted Yeshua is because they have been chased around the planet with ‘Jesus’ and that we should ‘leave Judah alone, they come to Messiah a different way’.
This paradigm is getting more and more traction everyday in the HR/Messianic camp and needs to be addressed and called for what it is – Another Gospel. Yeshua, Paul and the others fought this heresy 2,000 years ago and it doesn’t seem much has changed.
To accept the line of thought that one group comes to Yeshua and the Father in a different manner than another, we’d have to apologize to John Hagee for his promotion of a dual-covenant theology. There are so many passages in Scripture that denounce this newest version of a dual-covenant heresy that we don’t know where to begin. Abraham was a gentile out of the nations, and both native Israeli and many of the nations all hail back to Abraham. Here was John’s and Yeshua’s response to the notion of a connection through Abraham making a difference concerning entrance into the Kingdom . . .
“ . . . and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. (Mat 3:9)
“They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Yeshua said to them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (Joh 8:39-40)
Paul understood it . . . ‘For if I am in Yeshua, I am Abraham’s seed . . .’ This same man that said ‘all Israel will be saved’ is the same man that said ‘not all Israel is Israel’.
“ . . . I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, from Messiah for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Messiah according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. (Rom 9:2-5)
“ These twelve Yeshua sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do NOT (emphasis mine) go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat 10:5-6)
Well, let’s see . . . they were in Israel . . . don’t go to the gentiles and don’t go to the Samaritans . . . so, for the most part, who does that leave for them to go to ? Judah . . .
And of course, there is the statement of Paul concerning ‘some of the natural branches being broken off due to unbelief . . .’ The ‘natural branches’ includes Judah does it not? Unbelief in what? Whom?
“I (said Yeshua) have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. (John 8:24) He was speaking to the Jews.”
We’re not saying that ‘jews have to convert to some form of a mainstream denominational system’. We ARE saying statements like those in the opening quotes give the insinuation that jewish people do not come to Yeshua the same way as everyone else, and statements like that make Yeshua out to be a liar.
That type of teaching and interpretation of Scripture present such a twisted version of Paul’s writings in Romans, to the detriment of the lost and those not well grounded in the Word, that it causes Peter’s words to resound loudly over and over . . . ‘our brother Paul , who at times speaks of things hard to understand, things which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (and possibly the destruction of others, I might add) (2Pe 3:16)
Yeshua came to His own and they, (the leadership), refused Him from day one, although there were and are many jewish people that have come to Yeshua. During the time of Yeshua and the Apostles and disciples, no one was chasing Judah all over the planet with the ‘Jesus’, supposedly alienating them from the truth, and yet many still rejected Him. What was the excuse then?
And what about those in the Land that have literally put life and limb on the line, some of whom have been deported and have lost everything for sharing the Gospel of Messiah Yeshua openly with their Jewish friends and family, much like Paul and Yeshua and the others? When we promote or leave this type teaching unaddressed, we literally are saying the sacrifice of all these that came before, along with the confession of Yeshua as Messiah by millions of ethnically Israeli people and denouncement of Judaism, and all that it has cost them, is in error, or at the very least, unnecessary.
The only person to whom Yeshua ever spoke the words “You must be born again’ was a Torah observant Jewish man, although it applies to all mankind.
What the mindset in the opening quotes proposes, denounces and negates everything Yeshua said and did, as well as what many of the disciples and Apostles, both 1st Century and those down through ages, gave their lives for. It literally diminishes the very Preeminence of Messiah Yeshua.
It is being said to Ephraim – ‘we need to stop this’. But we say – stop trampling on the Lifeblood and Body of Yeshua that was shed and broken for ALL – Ephraim, Judah and the nations. And we all get in One and The same Way . . .
By the Blood of The Lamb.