Day 3: Realizing Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah, not the Founder of a Foreign Religion
- That Israelis won’t automatically reject Yeshua because they think that He established a new religion separate from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), but instead will see that He was the fulfillment of all that the Hebrew prophets spoke of
- That Israelis will be willing to read the New Testament and see that it’s not a dangerous and anti-Semitic book that contradicts the Hebrew Scriptures, but instead is the continuation of the beautiful history of God’s redemption of mankind through the Messiah
- That more and more Jewish people will see that Yeshua came as a Jewish man to His own people, lived according to Hebrew Scriptures, celebrated the Biblical Feasts of the Lord, and fulfilled the Messianic prophecies
- That God will raise up more believers – Jewish and Gentile – to effectively share the Gospel with Jewish people in a way that connects with their own life and culture, and that they will embrace Yeshua as their own Messiah
- That just as Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and they recognized that he was not a foreigner and were finally reconciled to him, Yeshua will reveal Himself to His people and they will see Him as their brother and Savior
Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it….
And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near…. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Genesis 45:1-2, 4, 7
For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:14b-17
Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
So when they had appointed [Paul] a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen…disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…. For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:14, 16-17
“And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” says the Lord God.