A long time ago, I was reading the Book of Acts, I became frustrated that I did not see the things that I read in my life, nor in my church. I realised I had two choices, either I blame God and His “season” (that this stuff is not for today anymore), or I blame myself (that I am doing something wrong). When I humbled myself and submitted to what the Word said (that we will see the things Jesus saw, and greater things) regardless of what my religious leaders said, God came and changed my life. When we stop pointing fingers to others and start humbling ourselves, miracles happen.
Lets apply this to the question: Why the Jews don’t want our Jesus.
For ages, we have been pointing the fingers of this issue to the Jews, that they are wicked, full of rebellion etc. Now, while in many Jews some of these elements may be present, I would like to submit to you that in the same way that we present our set apart lives to unbelievers so that the goodness of God will lead them to repentance, the same applies for the Jews. But we have a dilemma: the Jews actually aren’t total unbelievers. Sure, orthodox Jews don’t believe in Jesus, but they do believe in the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In fact, many of them know God’s character and instructions better than we do!
If you’ve ever known a God-fearing Jewish brother/sister, you would understand the depth of their belief. From generation to generation the instructions of the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) has been passed down through family lines. Even if they are lukewarm in their belief, the average Jew usually has a much more educated understanding of the Torah than the average Christian. Do yourself a favour, when you get a chance, sit down with a messianic Jew (one that already believes in Yeshua) and chat to them about the Torah, the things you will learn are amazing. They are sitting on generations of revelations our Christian culture mostly lacks; but why?
The “why” to this question is the same reason many Jews don’t want our Jesus. Since the Roman Catholic church invaded Christianity around 300AD, we have been divorced of the roots that the Jews still hold on to. We all know there is no Jew or Gentile, but we are all one in Christ. But the Roman church had an agenda of separating these two groups.
Did you know some of the early followers of Yeshua met in synagogues where the Torah was read every sabbath? Its no surprise given that Jesus told His followers to go and listen to the readings of the Torah:
“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.”
– Matthew 22:2 –
Among other things, the sabbath day was changed from Saturday (7th day) to Sunday (8th day), new feast days were instituted and the feasts of God we read about in our Bibles were abandoned. The reason for these changes are clear: to separate the times of worship of the two groups.The Jewish believers who refused to follow the Roman Catholic Church were ex-communicated and even killed for “standing in the way of unity”.
This caused a large division between the two groups, a division that still stands today. But the continuation of that division is not because the Jews were killed by Christians a long time ago, but rather that they just don’t want our Jesus.
But why? We talked about humbling ourselves so God can do miracles. The issue is not exclusively that the Jews are simply wicked and in rebellion, the issue is also not with Yeshua (Jesus) himself or His teaching, but with how we are walking Yeshua out to our Jewish brothers. We walk out a Yeshua that apparently taught that the commandments of His own Father has changed, and some have been completely abolished. We teach that we should walk as He walked, yet when we come to certain issues, we make excuses and say that “that was just for Jesus to walk out”. These excuses ring a bell within me; they sound like the same excuses made when I asked why we don’t walk like the first disciples. “God has changed, its not for today anymore.”
Now look, I want to walk like Yeshua in both Spirit and Truth; I want to see the miracles He saw and walk in that love, but I don’t want to do it without walking in the Truth. But what is Truth? Lets let the scriptures answer that.
Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth.
– Psalm 119:142 –
Do yourself a favour, read through the longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119. When I read through it, I see the psalmist is absolutely in love with the Torah! But this causes a conflict within me, why does he love the Torah, when we have taught that it is a burden? For an answer to this question, please view my video series “Law VS Grace – The Jesus you never knew”.
When we return to the Truth; which is the Word made flesh (there was no other written Word except the Torah when Yeshua said that), and combine it with the love and power the Holy Spirit allows us, we end up with something that is incredibly attractive! You know what is unheard of in all the religions of the world? We have muslims who do the commandments of their god, but there is no love and no power. We have new agers who state that they “walk in love”, but there are no commandments at all which leads to unrighteousness. But Yahweh, the beginning and the end, the King of all kings, enables and expects us to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23). Because I love Yeshua so incredibly much, I will keep His commandments; and since He and His Father is One, and He came to teach what His Father has given from the beginning, I will keep all of them! Because I Love Him, He died for me! His grace saved me; not because I want to work for my salvation.
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
– 1 John 2:7 –
And because He sent His beloved Holy Spirit for me, I will also worship Him in Spirit. I will cast out demons, I will heal the sick, I will speak in new tongues, and whatever other gift He permits me to walk in.
When any Jew or non-Jew sees this fruit in our lives, they will truly come and ask: “What is this hope that is within you?!” “How can I get this?”
I’ve heard this line over and over; and this is how I know that God is all in this. Carry the kind of fruit the nations want. We carry it by abstaining from sin (sin is being without law/lawless) to walk in set-apartness, love and power as He walked.
I leave you with this video, a vision I received that beautifully illustrates the weight of our fruits: