Why Jews Need Salvation … Yeshua

The first time I heard, “The Jews don’t need Yeshua, they have Torah” I went into shock. Every time since then that I hear that statement, a dagger cuts, stabs and wounds my heart.    For it is through the blood of the greatest Jew who ever lived that has given me life abundantly now and an eternal future of life.

Apart from the pain that my inner man experiences, this statement is in complete contradiction to Scripture.  NO ONE is justified before God for keeping Torah.  It’s that simple.   Galatians, Romans and Hebrews make it  clear that no one is justified by obeying Torah and ‘no one’ includes the Jewish people.  It doesn’t matter if they guard it, read it, obey it, preach it, put it in an Ark or hide it in a closet.   Those who believe that statement believe a heresy and if they teach it,  it is a ‘doctrine of demons.’

“…even so, we have come to realize that a person is not declared righteous by God on the ground of his observance of Torah commands, but through the Messiah Yeshua’s trusting faithfulness. Therefore, we too have put our trust in Messiah Yeshua and become faithful to him, in order that we might be declared righteous on the ground of the Messiah’s trusting faithfulness and not on the ground of our observance of Torah  commands. For on the ground of observance of Torah commands, no one will be declared righteous” (Galatians 2:16).

“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the Torah” (Romans 3:28).

The most recent time I heard this heretical statement I could not remain silent when the person explained himself by saying, “Torah is Yeshua; Yeshua is Torah, therefore, the Jews have Yeshua already.”    If the Torah were enough for complete redemption, there would have been no need for the Living Torah, Yeshua.  Yet, God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world and the Jewish people are part of the world (1 John 4:14).   I have witnessed this same type of heresy when someone says,  “Yeshua is Yahweh and Yahweh is Yeshua, therefore I don’t need Yeshua.”   Both of these heresies eventually lead to a denial of Yeshua not only as personal Savior, but the promised salvation to this fallen and dying world.  Isn’t this just what the enemy of Elohim would want?  A removal of Yeshua from the good news of victory over sin and death?

The Torah is full of commands about Temple practices and worship.  There are daily, weekly, monthly and yearly appointed times for everything required in the Temple.  Within the outline of the regulations there are offerings and sacrifices for sin, guilt, peace and fellowship. In order to perform these sacrifices there needs to be a Temple; there needs to be a high priest; there needs to be a priesthood.

The Jewish people do have Torah.  It doesn’t matter if a Jew is Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed, or Secular.  The Torah is deeply rooted in their identity as a nation as Judah is one of the tribes of Israel.   They know better than anyone what is required by God whether they acknowledge it or not.   They know that without a Temple they cannot offer sacrifices.  They know that even if there were a high priest, without a Temple, there is nowhere for him to go to offer blood for himself and Israel on the Day of Atonement.  Without a Temple, they have no way to atone for their sins, release their guilt, have fellowship with God and live at peace with Him.  Their very knowledge of Torah smacks them in the face and shows them everyday they need salvation or yeshua.

Years ago I met an Orthodox Jewish woman.  As we began talking about salvation, she began to cry.  Through her tears she told me she had nowhere to go to sacrifice for her sin.  They kept piling up and had become a burden she could no longer carry.    In her own words, “There is no Temple and I have no atonement for my sins.  What do I do? Where do I go?  Can you tell me?”  I don’t think she expected to hear the good news that I had!

I told her about Yeshua.   I told her how he is the one that God sent into the world to take away her sins.  She nodded as she understood.  She took my hands and asked for more with tears in her eyes. I asked her if she knew the song “Lamb of God” and she did.    I began to sing about the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  She cried.    She saw Yeshua, the Lamb of God, as the bridge to God.   She completely understood that she had atonement and forgiveness through Yeshua’s blood.   She was set free from her sins as accepted him in her heart.   Her tears kept flowing.

She went home and shared her new-found faith with her husband, an Orthodox Rabbi.     He was angry.  He told her she could no longer meet with the person who had introduced her to me nor return to the church.  She was deeply grieved, but obeyed her husband.    Though she obeyed her husband’s wishes, she lives free from sin today because Yeshua became her lamb sacrifice for her sin, for all time.

Several years later on the Day of Atonement, I received a phone call from a Jewish woman in the town where I lived.   She was not Orthodox, but a Reformed Jew.  She also told me that she he did not have any atonement for her sins and didn’t know what to do.  She thought because I had faith in God, I could maybe pray for her sins to be forgiven.  I shared Yeshua with her and explained that he is the mediator that she is looking for, not me.    I also prayed for her.  She also cried, but the veil still remains over her eyes.  I have recently heard that one of her now-grown daughters is a believer in Messiah.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 prophesies of the new covenant that Elohim would make with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.  It would not be like the original covenant that they were both guilty of breaking.   At his last Passover, Yeshua instituted the promised new covenant with his Jewish disciples saying it would come through his poured out blood (Luke 22:20).   He didn’t separate the House of Judah from the House of Israel as the new covenant was meant for both Houses that made up a complete Israel.

Yeshua says in Matthew 10:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  Many new to the Biblical roots of their faith take that statement and distort it to their own deception.   The Israel that Yeshua spoke of includes the Tribe of Judah!

Yeshua wept over Jerusalem and his own Jewish brothers and sisters who populated it.  He said he longed to gather them together as a hen gathers her chicks.  However, because of their rejection of the prophets as well as himself,  their house would remain desolate until they welcomed him back (Luke 13:34-35).   They would be left desolate, forsaken; not saved because they had Torah.

He said that when one of his disciples gives  a cup of water to one of  the least of his brothers and sisters, we have given it to him (Matthew 10:42, 25:40).   Who would be his brothers and sisters if not Judah?

Poor Judah.  They have guarded the Torah for millennia; many times at the cost of their homes and families and lives; so that the world could have the Scriptures.  Now,  those who in a split second moment of time come to ‘know Torah‘  or ‘walk in Torah’ believe that all the prophecies about Messiah descending from Adam through Abraham through Moses through King David from Judah are not for the very brothers and sisters of Yeshua, the King of the Jews because they ‘have Torah?’   If we refrain from giving Yeshua’s DNA brothers and sisters a cup of living water from the well of salvation, as Yeshua promised the woman at the well, then we are allowing them to die of thirst.   We are no better than the Adversary.

“The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet…” (Genesis 49:10).

The book of Esther is an account about one Amalekite’s  desire to destroy the Jewish people while they were captive in Persia around 490 B.C.E.  Why would anyone, especially from a spiritual perspective, want the entire Jewish population destroyed?  Consider the mind of evil Haman.   If there were no Jewish people, then there would be no lineage for a Messiah to come to save the world from its inherent sin.

The Holocaust was also about the destruction of the Jewish people as a nation.   We blame Hitler, but it was a spiritual war where, once again, the enemy of God used a human being.   Why would the enemy want the Jewish people destroyed in the modern era?   After all, the Messiah has already come according to all the prophecies.  Not all of the prophecies.  Yeshua must return.  If there are no Jewish people, then there will be no one to cry out, Baruch haba b’shem Adonai’ and welcome him back to Jerusalem.

“For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39).

The good news for the Jewish people is that they do have atonement for sin.  They do have a High Priest.  His name is Yeshua (Hebrews 4:14-16).  They have a Temple.  His name is Yeshua (Mark 14:58, John 2:19).   They have a sacrifice.  His name is Yeshua.  He is the Lamb of God (John 1:29).  He did not put the blood of bulls and goats on the mercy seat between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, but His own.  He does not have to enter the Holy of Holies every year, but he ascended to heaven and entered the heavenly Tabernacle once and for all time (Hebrews 9:11-14).

“There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!” (Acts 4:12).

Just as non-Jews are freed  from the law of sin and death through faith in Yeshua’s death and resurrection, so are all the Jewish people who call on his name.  Abraham knew this truth and waited in faith.  King David knew truth this and waited in faith.   The prophets of Israel knew this truth and proclaimed it to the nation of Israel.  The woman at the well met Yeshua and heard the truth.   She told all of her friends the Messiah had come and many believed in that truth.   The disciples knew this truth and proclaimed it.   The writer of Hebrews explained it to the Messianic Jews of the first century before the Temple was destroyed along with its sacrificial system, the Levitical priesthood and the high priest.   Now in the 21st century, we must understand this truth, too.

“It was not through Torah that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith” (Romans 4:13).

“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”  Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death” (Hebrews 11:17-19).

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing Torah; rather, through Torah we become conscious of sin.  But now a righteousness from God, apart from Torah, has been made known, to which the Torah and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Messiah Yeshua to all who believe”  (Romans 3:21-22).

Not every Jewish person will receive the message and the salvation provided by the Lamb of God.   Not every Jewish person will see the redemption of God in the provision of the ram being Yeshua.   Not every Jewish person will be able to see Yeshua as the living, walking, breathing Torah and receive the offer of salvation he came to give them.

“…After the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah [lawless one] has been revealed, the one destined for doom.  He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). 

Sadly, many will accept the anti-Messiah because he will bring peace to the region around Israel and with Israel.   He will allow the Temple to be restored.  He will allow the sacrifices commanded by Elohim.  He will set himself up in the Temple and proclaim himself to be God.   The brothers and sisters of Yeshua will be deceived into worshipping a false messiah and experience great judgment until an ‘appointed’ Day of Atonement when Yeshua returns to Jerusalem.  Then, corporately, the House of Judah along with the House of Israel will look on the one they pierced and mourn.

Before that appointed time, there are millions of Jewish individuals who desire to be set free from the law of sin and death.  They need and want atonement.  Their sins are heaped upon them day after day with no redemption.  They are looking for peace with their Creator.  If we do not accept our calling from Sha’ul (Paul) and tell them they have a High Priest and coming King,  we are living in sin and disobedience to a direct command from God.   We are forsaking (and even judging) the very sheep that need feed.  Sha’ul  was willing to give up his own salvation for the sake of his brothers and sisters in Judah/Benjamin.  He never asked anyone else to do that;  however, he did call us as the nations to make the Jew envious for their Messiah.  As long as we fall into the heresy, deception, doctrine of demons,  that the Jews don’t need Yeshua because they have Torah, we curse Judah and all of Yeshua’s brothers and sisters to eternal separation from God.

©2012 Tent Stake Ministries

 

2 Responses to “Why Jews Need Salvation … Yeshua”

  • Brenda says:

    Thank you. I have been doing a study on this very matter and lead to same line of Scriptures and thoughts. Please continue to write and share.

    Grateful.

    Yeshua –Salvation for all. There is great insight is reading for ones self to learn and understand what the Scriptures unfold. Not to take something that another person says without studying on your own to see if it is Truth. Truth is there to find — for those that seek with their whole heart. G-d’s promise is to write Torah upon their hearts. What a beauty and peace there is in finding the promises of G-d…to be true and for all that will seek Him.

    Sincerely,
    Brenda

    • Yahulia says:

      You’re welcome. I agree, reading for oneself and understanding the Scriptures through the teaching of the Spirit is very freeing. If you go to the Book Nosh on the home page, I have written a book that has more insights that you might find insightful as well. It’s called Journey with Jeremiah and is on amazon.com. Thank you for your encouragement!

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