In these High Holy Days, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish people observe the creation of the earth (year 5778), birthday of Adam and Eve, and a solemn time of repentance when every soul confesses their sins and is judged by YHWH.
The usual greeting at this time is Shanah tovah um’tukah (May you have a good and sweet new year), or in Yddish, Gut yontif (Wishing you a good holiday).
It is traditional to eat honey in hope of a sweet New Year, and pomegranates which represent the Law of Moses.
Though the fruit varies in size a pomegranate averages 613 seeds representing the 613 statutes of Mosaic law.
Christians believe that the Law has been nailed to the Cross. How, then, do they witness to one of Jewish faith?
Tom Cantor, a Messianic Rabbi, has spent millions of his own dollars in an organized outreach to Jewish neighborhoods in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Miami.
This summer, Cantor’s ministry sent mission teams to northern Baltimore — home of one of the largest Jewish communities in the United States. Dating from the 1830’s, it has grown into a tightly knit community that is very resistant to Christian outreach.
Members of Cantor’s team were met with great hostility. They received a lot of insults, threats and even physical assault.
However, there was some fertile ground as several teams were actually welcomed into people’s homes to share the Gospel.
What is it that a Jewish person is most curious with regards to the Christian faith? Refer to Matthew 16:13 when Yeshua asked his disciples, Who do people say the Son of Man is? In northern Baltimore, as an example, you might hear one of two answers:
He is God of the Gentiles.
— or —
He was a prophet of the sect of the Nazarenes.
“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46)
Israel is waiting for the seed of Abraham … the Son of David … the fulfillment of Jehovah’s promise. If a Christian wants to witness to a Jewish person they would be well advised to begin with the Book of Hebrews.
Incidentally, as I have noted before, Martin Luther disputed Hebrews because it was too Jewish. The greatest sin of the Reformation was that it attempted to strip Jesus of his Jewishness.
It is not unusual for an Orthodox Jew to see Jesus as a Gentile. No, in order to open the eyes of Israel, Yeshua must be presented as heir to the throne of David.
The coming of the Son of David is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Christians argue about the Book of Daniel, 70 weeks, Dispensationalism — do you know what Dispensationalism teaches? — the rapture of the church and the Great Tribulation where the Jewish people (save for a remnant) will be exterminated.
Christian, you preach that G-d is love, but in Jewish ears it sounds like holocaust. It is a most offensive message.
Jesus must be presented as the Jewish messiah — David’s descendant. The whole of Jewish prophecy rests on the fulfillment of that one essential fact.
Jehovah spoke to David through Nathan the prophet:
Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever (2 Samuel 7:16).
That is the Davidic Covenant that the LORD made with King David. What is not understood in Israel, or even agreed upon within the Church, is that Jesus Christ is currently sitting on David’s throne.
The sons of Abraham expected — and some Protestants anticipate — an earthly kingdom; but what did Jesus say?
My kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).
Where did David see the throne of Mashiac? Peter (quoting Psalm 110:1) on the Day of Pentecost:
For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand’ …” (Acts 2:34).
David saw Messiah reigning in Heaven from whence he will return on the last day (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54) to raise up all who believe — both Jew and Gentile. In this way, wrote Paul, all of Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26).
The last day is a concept that throws a monkey wrench into Dispensational theology, but this is what Jesus taught. In fact, Yeshua HaMashiach taught the Gospel from the Tanakh (Old Covenant).
If you have a heart for the sons of Abraham you might begin with our instructional template (click on EMET tab) which highlights Old Testament scripture as it relates to the Jewish messiah — the Son of David.
May this New Year be sweet, healthy and happy, and may the scales fall from Jacob’s eyes.
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