Hanukkah Word: Anti-semitism

“I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

Many years ago I was listening to a Messianic Jew and non-Jew discuss the Biblical roots of the Christian faith on a talk radio show. A woman called in and said, “If I had known Jesus was Jewish, I would not have become a Christian.”

Anti-semitism.

When our family began celebrating the Feasts of the LORD in Leviticus 23 along with Purim and Hanukkah, we were asked if we were becoming ‘Jewish.’ What is wrong with becoming ‘Jewish’ when all of our Scriptures were written by Jews (aka physical descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob) and our Savior is Jewish? What’s wrong with looking ‘Jewish’ when Sha’ul commended those in Thessalonica for being imitators of those Jewish congregations that are united in Messiah Yeshua?

“For, brothers, you came to be imitators of God’s congregations in Y’hudah that are united with the Messiah Yeshua …” (1 Thessalonians 2:14).

Anti-semitism.

In the past few years I hear many say that we shouldn’t listen to the rabbis, the sages, the Jewish people, because they added to the Torah, they created the Talmud, and they don’t know Messiah. I often wonder if these same people realize from where these Jewish men developed their rules and regulations. It was their heart to obey God even in the smallest ‘jot and tittle’ so they spent hours and days, months and years studying the commandments of Yahweh. They described their understanding for how to obey the commandments. Their intention was not to add burdens upon the people even though that is what happened when their rules were considered equal to God’s commandments. But, they were just men trying to obey the God of Isra’el to the best intent of their heart, mind and soul.

We can learn a lot from those who went before us and we should. Rather than calling ‘madmade’ tradition something that has bound the Jewish people together for millennia, we should seek to understand the reasoning behind the tradition. With the Spirit of God in our lives, we should be able to discern which traditions nullify God’s commandments and which traditions do not. When non-Jewish believers put as many years into studying the Word and perfecting obedience to the best intent of our hearts and minds, perhaps then we can make judgmental assumptions. Until non-Jewish believers depart from the human traditions that have bound their ideologies, there can be no judgment on the Jewish people.

“You depart from God’s command and hold onto human tradition” (Mark 7:8)

Anti-semitism.

Anti-semitism is a lurking disease in the darkness of this world, but when it appears in the lives of those who carry the Light of Messiah Yeshua, it needs to be dealt with, however subtle it may appear to be. It is anti-semitism to believe that the myriads of Christian denominations, Hebrew Roots groups, Torah Observant groups, and the plethora of other religious delineations have greater understanding of the God of Isra’el than the Jewish people through whom God chose to birth salvation, Yeshua.

“You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews” (John 4:22).

The Word of God says the Jewish people have a veil over their eyes. It needs to be removed, not judged. The only One who can remove the veil is the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. For those who know his personal deliverance, it is anti-semitism to keep that salvation from even one of ‘lost sheep of the House of Isra’el.’

“What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away”  (2 Corinthians 3:14-16).

Never forget. Without the Jewish people, there would be no covenants, no promises, no Word of God: written on pages between leather covers or in the flesh as Messiah. To read the Bible, written entirely by Jewish people over many centuries and not love those same people who gave their lives over and over to protect it is:

Anti-semitism

“It is not enough that you are merely my servant to raise up the tribes of Ya‘akov and restore the offspring of Isra’el. I will also make you a light to the nations, so my salvation can spread to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).

Anti-semitism in the heart of Antiochus Ephiphanes led to the near destruction of the Jewish people, their Torah and their Temple. But our great God, Yahweh Elohim, empowered a mighty deliverer. Judah Maccabee, along with a small army of courageous, spiritual men, brought his brothers and sisters victory over anti-semitism and restored them to their Land, their Biblical traditions, and their Temple.

Anti-semitism in the heart of Haman, a descendant of the Amalekites, led to the near destruction of the Jewish people and their culture. But our great God, Yahweh Elohim, through the faithfulness of the humble Persian Queen Esther, along with everyone in the city of Susa who prayed and fasted for three days and nights, gave His people victory over death and anti-semitism. He eventually returned them to their Land where Nehemiah and Ezra rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and the restored the Temple.

God says curses and blessings are determined by how the brothers and sisters of Yeshua are treated (Matthew 10:42). Like each of us, the ‘lost sheep of the House of Isra’el’ desire to know salvation and guard the commandments of God as He intended. Celebrating their miraculous deliverance as a nation of people is the first step in combatting anti-semitism.

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