What about the Scriptures?

“... it follows that Christians could afford to better study the Old Testament and to learn more about Jewish views of the Messiah and God's covenant with the Chosen People. Christians often only know areas of Jewish scripture that they feel apply to Jesus, and ignore the rest of the Bible. If Jews and Christians become diligent scholars of not only their own faith but also the other faith, they will find themselves in a far better position to get along and understand each other.”
Menachem Wecker (Washington-based freelance journalist)

The Christian Bible is split into two sections… The Old and the New Testaments. This is not to say that the New has rendered the Old obsolete, not at all. But we believe the Old is revealed in the New, while the New is initiated within the Old. The two coming together in a complete reflection of God’s love and faithfulness for His people.

"The books of the New Testament, the gospels that tell the story of Jesus’ life and teachings, the Epistles of Paul, and other writings, contain many quotes from the Pentateuch, as well as sermons peppered with the spirit of Second Temple Judaism,” Professor Regev (Head of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department at Bar-Ilan University)

I will put My Torah within them. Yes, I will write it on their heart. I will be their God and they will be My people.

It has been said that there is no "Old" and "New" Testament, that when God made a covenant with His people, it was eternal; therefore there is just one Scripture. One Covenant. One Testament. One God. Echad. The Bible’s "New Testament" is not an addendum to the Hebrew Scripture. Rather it is a continuation and fulfilment of what our Prophets had prophesied about: “Behold, days are coming” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they broke My covenant, though I was a husband to them.” it is a declaration of Adonai. “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “I will put My Torah within them. Yes, I will write it on their heart. I will be their God and they will be My people. No longer will each teach his neighbour or each his brother, saying: ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest.” it is a declaration of Adonai. “For I will forgive their iniquity, their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 TLV)

This is the crux of the teachings of Rabbi Yeshua, that it has become possible, through Him, to know Adonai for ourselves. There is a huge difference between believing in Him and knowing Him. "So you’re impressed with yourselves that with your emunah you can recite the kri’at Shema, nu? O you do so well…why, even the shedim have your da’as and emunah! But they shudder! [DEVARIM 6:4]" (Yaakov (James) 2:19 OJB)

Not in anger. In love.

In reading the Gospels and the writings of the Jewish Apostles (like Paul who had trained as a Pharisee) it is clear to see exactly how the two Scriptures compliment each other, as they demonstrate how faithfulness of God for His people caused Him to stretch out His hand. Not in anger. In love. In the offer of eternal hope for us with Him. In saving grace to draw us out of a life apart from Him. Like the broken afikomen, Yeshua has been hidden in the pages of all Scripture; and just like in childhood, we are invited to search Him out for ourselves, to find Him, and to enjoy the reward we will receive when we do.

Did you know that not only is it forbidden by the Rabbis for Jewish people to read the New Testament…. Also, many of what we would call the ‘Messianic’ passages of the Old Testament are neither read nor taught within the synagogues. Having said this, over the last ten years or so, with the opening of interfaith dialogue, some reformed Rabbis are actively encouraging their congregants to read the New Testament, so they can engage with Christians and counter their arguments more effectively. It would be interesting to see how God will use this to reach His people as they are introduced to His Son, the Messiah.

many of what we would call the 'Messianic' passages of the Old Testament are neither read nor taught within the synagogues

Anyway, the reason for much of this Jewish mistrust of the ‘Christian Bible’ stems from the years of anti-Semitism Jewish people have suffered as a result of some Christian (and not so Christian) interpretations of the New Testament, including the erroneous belief that God turned His back on His people, replacing His affections to the Gentile Church instead of to His Chosen People, Israel.

We firmly believe that God's gifts and calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), and that reading through the Bible as a whole reveals the truth that God's heart for His chosen people has not faltered

But at CMJ we dispute this. We firmly believe that God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), and that reading through the Bible as a whole reveals the truth that God’s heart for His chosen people has not faltered, in spite of our sin…. For we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But in His faithfulness, God sent His Son Jesus, Who was born as a Jew, lived in faithful obedience to the Torah, who taught as a Jewish Rabbi in order that we might know God through Him… And in fulfilment of God’s sacrificial system, He became the only One worthy and able to be the ultimate sacrificial Lamb, in order that we might receive forgiveness of sins… the ONLY way to the Father. In accordance with the requirements of the High Priest, Jesus is the only One Who is able to meet all that is required to stand before God and the people.

As we begin to explore the Torah we can see how it all relates to Jesus, and how right back in history, Jesus was hidden within the pages of the Old Testament

As we begin to explore the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) we can see how it all relates to Jesus, and how right back in history, Jesus was hidden within the pages of the Old Testament. How can we think we can even begin to understand God fully, if we disregard a large portion of His Word? In the light of the Hebrew Scripture John received the understanding which led him to begin his Gospel writings in the way he did. In realising the fulfilment of the Law was possible, did the writer of Hebrews reveal the glorious revelation of exactly what Jesus accomplished.

So, it is within the context of the Hebrew Scriptures that we are first introduced to the foundation of God’s Word - namely, God Himself. His faithful love which stretched from Creation to the Messiah, and as we read through to Revelation, we see His love continues well into eternity.

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