Hello, and welcome to this Internet Outreach. Although the focus is on Jews and Judaism, this is for anyone and everyone interested in exploring their belief system. It is a place for Jews and Gentiles to learn about religion vs. a relationship with G-d, a place to determine the difference between believing in G-d, and welcoming G-d into your heart and your life. Finally it is a place to help you, whether Jewish or Gentile, to delve to determine the answer to a rich question, what is the purpose of your life and existence?
Here we will also discuss and learn about what it means to be Jewish; being Jewish from a Biblical standpoint that is. What the Bible says is often different from what people say.
Here is an interesting concept to ponder... Jewish believing in Jesus. Those last four words often evoke such strong emotion from many. Yet, there is nothing sinister about a Jew believing in Jesus. In fact, a Jew believing in Jesus is biblical! So, why then is the term "Jewish believing in Jesus" considered inconceivable and "un-Jewish" by so many? Why are there so many Jews now studying the Bible for themselves and grasping something special and life changing? Jewish believing in Jesus. Why are a substantial number of Jews accepting Jesus into their lives and into their hearts? Why???
Let us begin by answering a main question, what determines
if someone is Jewish? According to the Orthodox, a Jewish person is any person whose birth mother was a Jew, or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism. Also according to the Orthodox, being a Jew has nothing to do with what
you believe or what you do. Reference. The word "Jew" is used to refer to all of the physical and spiritual descendants of Jacob/Israel, as well as to the patriarchs
Abraham and Isaac and their wives.
Being a Jew is not about being tied up in religious rituals, practices, customs. Many of the customs are beautiful and wonderful. Jews keeping to the Jewish customs is Biblical, the New Testament does not contradict the Tanach, but, it is not what our purpose and existence is all about.
So, if you are not Jewish, you are Christian, right? Well... What determines if someone is Christian? Anyone, Jew or Gentile, who has made a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior. Romans 10:11-13 Gentiles are not born Christian. Gentiles are not Jews. These are two different groups of people, neither of which is "born Christian". Nobody is born a Christian. You must have a second birth or be "born again".
So, you can be Jewish and believe in Jesus and still practice Judaism? Yes! This is Messianic Judaism. There is total reliance on the Scriptures. This differs from Rabbinic Judaism which is what most know as Judaism, which centers around the teachings and writings of Rabbis. Laws, rules, and traditions are added and removed in Rabbinic Judaism, depending on how religious the branch of Judaism is and how much they are interested in changing to attempt to "win" more Jews back to the religion. There is a fear of losing Jews to assimilation rather than winning people to a relationship with G-d.
Jewish people who have accepted Jesus as Savior may call themselves: Christian Jews, Jewish Christians, Messianic Jews, Jewish Believers, Born Again, Born Again Jews, Biblical Jews, Completed Jews..."What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet, Act ll, Scene 2.
Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, the Jewish Savior prophesied about in the Tanach. First of all, how do you know the Bible is true? Click here for the historical and archeological explanation. And how do we know Jesus is the Jewish Messiah? Messianic prophecy is the collection of over 300 predictions in the Tanach, the Jewish bible, about the future Messiah of the Jewish people. Messianic Prophecy is so dramatic today, because with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament (both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked on the earth) you can be assured that these prophecies were not “conspired” after-the-fact. Third of all, here is everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the Messianic prophecies.Article One , Article Two , Article Three , Article Four , Article Five , Article Six.
The Trinity. Acceptance of the idea of G-d existing in human form is from understanding that Jesus is the son of G-d, not a man who became G-d. (John 17) Skeptics may argue that there is no way to prove that Jesus was born of a virgin, and that is correct, however there are an overwhelming amount of requirements prophesized about in the Tanach that Jesus fulfilled.
The Trinity does not mean three gods, but rather a oneness of three, much like a chair is made up of parts. The Hebrew Bible uses a word for one, Echad, to describe G-d that allows for a plurality. "Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the L-rd is One". In the Torah, (Genesis 1:26) "And G-d said: 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... Elohim made man, a being composed of a tri-unity body, soul and spirit, in the image of G-d; and to make this more clear G-d reveals Himself in His plural form of Elohim and says, "Let us make man."
Micha 5:1 Translit: tv'a ta beyt-le chem ef ra ta tsa ir lih yot b'al fey y'hu da mim cha li ye tse lih yot mo shel b'yis ra el u mo tsa o tav mi ke dem mi mey o lam:
English: But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from ancient days.
G-d created two worlds: One of immense proportions and another equally vast, though not manifestly so. In Hebrew the word for world, or universe, is olam. The universe is referred to as olam hagadol, the macro-universe. Man is known to our sages as olam hakatan, the micro-universe. The word olam also has another connotation: it means concealment. The fullness of what is contained in an olam, a universe, is not always apparent. Man, microcosm of the universe that he is, is the keeper of a potential that borders on the infinite. On one level this thought defies our comprehension, while in the same instance it is clearly understood. We all wonder if there is anything that lies beyond the reach of human beings. Source
El Olam The Everlasting G-d, The G-d of Eternity Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "G-d" and can be used in conjunction
with other words to designate various aspects of G-d's character. Olam derives from the root word 'lm (which means "eternity"). Olam literally means "forever," "eternity," or "everlasting". When the two words are combined - El
Olam - it can be translated as "The Eternal G-d."
Further references of the name El Olam in the Old Testament: Genesis 21:33; va yi ta e shel biv er sha va va yik ra-sham b'shem y'ho va el o lam And Abraham planted a tamarisk-tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the L-RD, the Everlasting G-d. Jeremiah 10:10 va ye ho va e lo him e met hu-e lo him cha yim u me lech o lam mi kits po tir ash ha a rets v'lo-ya chi lu go yim za mo But the L-RD G-d is the true G-d, He is the living G-d, and the everlasting King; at His wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations are not able to abide His indignation. Isaiah 26:4 bit chu va ye ho va a dey-ad ki b'ya y'ho va tsur o la mim Trust ye in the L-RD for ever, for the L-RD is G-D, an everlasting Rock.
The promised ruler who was sent by G-d, and originated from G-d in the same eternal wayas G-d -An everlasting presence.