11:43 29Nov12 Mark McLellan -
Great article! It is important for Messianic Jews to represent
Yeshua to Israel. In addition, it is vital that Messianic Jews
represent Israel to the Church in the nations. I also think it
is important for Gentile believers to represent Yeshua to the
nations they reside in and to the nations they have citizenship
in. Even more important is that Messianic Jews and Messianic
Gentiles display a practical unity in working, celebrating, and
worshiping together in congregations that exalt Yeshua as the
Messiah and keep the commandments of God (Rev. 14:12 Rev.
12:17). After all didn't Paul say something to the effect
that what is important is not only Ethnic Jewish Status or
Ethnic Gentile Status, but keeping the commandments of God (1
Cor. 7:19)? Thanks again for your insights and heart in these
matters. May Tikkun be strengthened and used mightily in the
years to come.
May we all come to value a practical unity in our celebration of
Messiah and the commandments of God!
11:49 29Nov12 Lynn Chevalier' -
For this reason, I can not support the "Messianic Movement" even
though I am Jewish. Not that I didn't give it a good shot.
I had been involved since 1980 but was tired of the "how then
shall we live" sermons and not much more.
-- Dr Juster replies: The issue of the MJ movement is two fold. One is that we have
to disciple in all of the basic aspects of New Covenant life.
Few churches today are doing this well. Secondly, we have to
be clear on the+meaning of Jewish calling because the Bible
tells us that the growth and destiny of the saved remnant of
Israel is important. We have many congregations that emphasize
the whole council of God.
12:06 29Nov12 Linda Underwood-Willis -
Thanks be to Adonai for your offerings, vision for Kol Yisrael!
We are in prayer always for wisdom, knowleage, courage, strenth
and Divine appointment and opportunity, that you reach this
world and see Glory come, Now and Forever ... Blessed in Messiah
13:47 29Nov12 ER -
These last months I have had reason to seek answers to the
questions you address. I am grateful for your answers. I too
believe in the priestly function of the Jews, as well as the
priestly function of the church. What would the Jew, as G-d meant
them to be, look like?
-- Dr Juster replies: I have often imagined what Jewish expression in priesthood in the
New Covenant would look like. It would be a people filled with
the Spirit, who bring intercession and release the meaning of
God's redemptive pictures into the world and point the way
to salvation for the nations.
14:00 29Nov12 Jim Gallagher -
It is the most extreme privilege to proclaim the name Yeshua
(Jesus) as my Lord, God, Messiah (Saviour), King of kings, Rabbi
of rabbis. As a Gentile Believer, I will always be indebted to
the Jewish people for the foundations of my faith and publicly
say: "I love you my brothers and sisters in Yeshua, as well as
all Jews who are yet to come to faith in our risen Messiah". The
Lord bless you and keep you!
14:47 29Nov12 Dani -
I also think this identify confusion is an issue among Messianic
Jews in the diaspora. Most Jewish believers outside of Israel
seem to attend church, where their Jewish identity and calling is
lost, as they assimilate and intermarry. And in Messianic Jewish
synagogues, there are so many wonderful gentiles attending (we
love and appreciate them, our brothers and sisters), but there is
a need for Messanic Jews to come together, and serve Hashem as
Jews, in vibrant, Torah observant, Spirit-filled and
Yeshua-centered Messianic Jewish communities. May it be so in our
Land Israel, and also wherever we live among the nations.
16:04 29Mov12 Wayne Talbot -
I am uncertain of what you mean when you write, "the feasts
point prophetically back to what Yeshua has already fulfilled,
they also point forwards to that which He shall fulfill in the
future." Do you have a book or other source which explains these
two stages of fulfillment? I suspect that this is a source of
confusion for general Christian theology - Yeshua has fulfilled
and therefore Torah commandments including the Sabbath are no
longer binding, a position I strongly oppose.
Dr Juster -
This is covered in my little book The Irrevocable Calling and
Israel the Church and the Last Days, a somewhat larger book.
Generally, I think all of the feasts were only partially
fulfilled in Yeshua's first coming and fulfilled does not
mean to do away with but to bring to a fullness of meaning.
There is more to come in them all. Passover looks to the final
regathering of the Jewish people to the Land and for all nations
to come into their inheritance by accepting Yeshua. There is a
place for all. Shavuot looks forward to the establishment of
God's law over all and to the outpouring of the Spirit over
all the World. Sukkot is the feast of the Kingdom celebration
over all the earth. Yom Kippur looks forward to world redemption
in the blood of Yeshua and Rosh Hoshana to the second coming of
Yeshua. Jewish life is calling for God to fulfill all these
promises embedded in the Feasts.
17:13 29Nov12 Nathan Jacobus -
A very good explanation of an important topic, broken down into
language we can all understand.
19:49 29Nov12 Terry Newman -
Exceptionally written. Clear and concise, leaves no room for
misinterpretation. Understanding these principles is becoming
more and more revealed in these the last days of the end times.
Understanding and acting on this will bring the necessary unity
to the body of Yeshua, both Jew and Gentile together as one new
man. Yet as with G-d's word in direction showing the
difference in duties for each.
04:05 30nOV12 CC -
Having just spent one month in Israel, and being there in The
Pillar of Fire action, and spenidng time in Messianic communities
I would largely agree with what you say. I spent a 12 day period
on a tour organised by a congregation whose senior pastors, and
they use that word, were Gentiles and whose wives were Jewish,
there was a mixture of Messianic music and "Hillsong" type music
and although they talked a great deal about the "one new man"
there was little talk of what the Rabbis had written, except for
one man who brought that into context. Later I spent time with a
Messianic believer who instructed me on the priestly role of the
believers, primarily the Messianic Jews. Not only is what you
say accurate, but we Gentiles have totally missed the boat too.
-- Dr Juster replies:
We have a lot of work to do!)
06:22 30Nov12 Brian Stinchfield -
The times,the culture,the history,the pride and the tradition are
all connecting points to Jewish identity (mind and soul). However
the Jewish calling is and will be clearly seen (understood) and
adopted through the stand we all take in Jeshua. That is to say in
His identity and calling. He has begun a good work and He will
surely finish it. Using both Jew and Gentile.
07:49 30Nov12 OA -
We must never lose heart of the promises of GOD that He promises
He will do. God is faithful to His covenant and He promises that
all Israel will be saved. If He said it nothing can hold back
His words. The fullness of the Gentile has not come in. The
eyes of God's people have been blinded as it is written until
such time. We are helpers one to another. The Gentile prayer
should be that God open the eyes of His people that He may repent
and return and they will be His people and He will be their God.
The Jew should pray that God bring in the Gentile so that the
fullness can come to completion and all the nations would worship
before Him as the only True GOD.
-- Dr Juster replies: Amen and amen. We Messianic Jews must pray for the international
Body and its progress and the international Body must pray for
the Messianic Jews. We must treasure the progress of both prongs
of the Body.
20:31 30Nov12 Errol Francis -
What you are saying is that the messianic community should have
the same identity and character as did the original first century
believers in Yeshua. But that as the body of Yeshua begins to
develop again in Israel it is building on the foundations of
western church practice. I agree that is not good because for
2000 years there has been so much going astray. While some are
into church renewal and restorations they have a huge way to go
yet. The Messianic body should be ahead not starting from being
behind and having to catch up yet again.
-- Yes, but of course, it will take much time for us to discover
that we are to live a distinct life as in the first century. replies:
02:17 11Dec12 Mark Swegler -
Fire of the Holy Spirit!