One interesting fact many don’t think about often is the Jewishness of Jesus/ Yeshua. He was a Jew from the tribe of Judah. He spoke words from a Jewish book called the Tanakh, Christians call it the Old Testament. He kept the feast days and the Sabbath. Of course, he did get on the Pharisees about the Sabbath because they made it legalistic with all their added rules. Have you ever worked a job and it was going smoothly and then corporate America stepped in and decided to add rules? I have. Let me give you an example of what the Pharisees did.
Once while working in a well-known restaurant, corporate decided that every server needed to carry a large wine bottle to their table and give a wine taster and intro to increase sales. If a server was seen greeting a new table without the house wine in their hand pouring samples, they were written up or fired. So if you can imagine walking out to a table and delivering an item of food and then you see a new party seated, but you cannot even say hello until you walk up to the bar area and grab one of the wine bottles. You get there and begin to make your wine speech when they inform you they are recovering alcoholics or Southern Baptist…not only, do they not drink, but now they’re upset with you. While wasting time walking to the bar area for wine, another table now has empty tea glasses. The Pharisees and Sadducees added many rules. So many in fact that Jesus said, “They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden” Matthew 23:4.
So at some point you decided to become a Christian or a Catholic. More than likely not because it is the God of the Jews but because you were raised in the faith. However, it is the God of the Jews!
“How long will you go limping with two different opinions? IF THE GOD OF THE JEWS IS GOD, follow Him! But if Baal is god, then follow him! [I Kings 18:21]
Why are Christians trying to convert Jews to a religion that is theirs to begin with? Their people wrote the book.
The Jews never try and proselytize or turn other people into Jews. They will explain to you that nowhere in the Old Testament are they told from God to convert others into a Jew. Christians on the other hand believe that they are to GO into all the world and preach the gospel. Yes, even to the ones who wrote it…
GO therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL that I COMMANDED YOU; Matthew 28:19-20
The Jews keep the Old Testament laws today minus the sacrificial offerings. Many Christians feel they got that part wrong. However, the Old Testament WARNS them not to listen to Christians or others who try and convince them of another religion. Let me show you…
Should even your brother the son of your mother, your son, your daughter, or your beloved wife, or your dearest friend, try to seduce you secretly, trying to convince you to go and worship the gods of others, that your ancestors did not know, gods of the nations around you, whether near or far, from one end of the earth to the other;
DO NOT LIKE THIS PERSON, and do not listen to him, do not have mercy upon him to save him, do not give him the benefit of the doubt, and do not cover up for him.
You must utterly KILL HIM, your hand should be the first to kill him, and the hand of all the nation should follow you. You must pelt him with stones until he dies, because he tried to push you away from Hashem your G-d, Who took you out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
And all of Israel will hear and fear, and they will not continue to do this terrible thing amongst you. 6:11.
So to the Jews, Christians are some of the worst people in the world. They will explain to you that Hitler tried to kill only their bodies. Physical death is temporary, but there is an afterlife and they will stand up when the resurrection of all the dead takes place. They want to be counted and they take their TORAH (Old Testament) very serious and they KNOW it and STUDY it. Jesus was the Torah made flesh.
Now that we have looked at their views in detail, it should make sense to us to why they want Christians and others to leave them alone. I would vow to say that they are living some of the most sanctified lives in this day and hour. I believe many of their eyes are being opened to Jesus/ Yeshua. I also believe that many Christians eyes are being opened to their Torah! Yes, I know that it is not by works lest any man should boast, but their faith is amazing. Let’s go deeper. Let’s look at the verse we use to continue to proselyte …
Go therefore and make DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; Matthew 28:19-20a NASB
Now let’s look at what it means when interpreted in the Hebrew…According to Skip Moen, a Greek/ Hebrew scholar from Oxford,
The Hebrew verb halak, means “to walk, to go in a certain direction.” “This Hebrew idea is an idiom used to describe a way of life, a way that is in conformity with God’s directions. While the Greek idea suggests a path that leads to God, the Hebrew idea suggests following a path that God has already given. In other words, “to walk in God’s way” is to live according to the covenant – the Torah.
Now let’s translate. “[You] having been caused to live according to God’s way, therefore . . .” This is a far cry from the usual evangelism translation. What this suggests is that THOSE WHO ARE WALKING IN GOD’S WAY MAKE DISCIPLES. Those who are not walking in God’s way do not make disciples. They might make recruits or even converts, but since they don’t walk in God’s way, they cannot make disciples. Furthermore, we learn that we are not the ones who were responsible for making ourselves walk in God’s way. Someone or something else caused us to walk in God’s way. It’s fairly easy to see how that happened. In the previous verse, Yeshua says, “All authority has been given to Me.” He is the one who has caused us to walk in God’s way. We cannot do it on our own. His action in the past, an action completed in the death and resurrection, has had its effect on us. We have been brought near. We have been given the new heart that we need in order to follow in God’s way. That’s why we make disciples”. Skip Moen…
On that note, perhaps we need to learn more about our Jewish faith and our Jewish brothers and sisters. A disciple is one who looks, sounds and acts just like his teacher. Perhaps we could make more disciples if we walked the walk and not just talked the talk. I think the answer is a resounding YES!