Is Rabbinic Judaism Jewish?

Hi everyone!  Through Israel College of the Bible, I have studied things such as the Jewishness of Jesus, and learned of the principles of Rabbinic Judaism (how it started, tenants of the belief system, etc).  It has helped me to understand how Judaism subsists without Temple sacrifices and worship, which is what Judaism via the Law of Moses was based upon.

In brief, Rabbinic Judaism took the place of original Judaism once the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD.  Here is an excellent video, produced by One for Israel, that explains the challenges of Rabbinic Judaism.  Enjoy!

PS: Friendly reminder: Israel College of the Bible is offering a 30% discount on online courses, but the deadline to take advantage of this deal is tomorrow!  (Click on the link for more information about course offerings.)

I have taken several classes and enjoy studying from a Messianic Jewish perspective.  The courses can be as easy or difficult as you wish them to be.  If you want college credit, requirements are much greater than for those who simply wish to take the course for personal enrichment.  If personal enrichment is your choice, you get out of it what you put in!  If you tackle the reading assignments and take the quizzes, you get a sense of how well you have retained the information.  However, if that is not your cup of tea, theoretically, you can simply watch the videos and learn a great deal.

Students have access to the selected course for 6 months, so you study and learn at your own pace.  If you have interest in the topics offered, I highly recommend Israel College of the Bible.

The Stones Cry Out!

When Yeshua came near the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice. They praised God with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of Adonai! Shalom in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!”
But answering, Yeshua said, “I tell you that if these keep silent, the stones will cry out.”
~Luke 19:37-40

We will never be rebuked for praising King Jesus!  However, if we fail to do so, Jesus said the rocks will cry out!  In Israel, the rocks are crying out!  Enjoy The Stones Cry Out! by One for Israel.

Don’t let rocks do what you were created to do!

Purim: The Upside Down Drama of Esther

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Israel is celebrating Purim today!  It is a celebration of the delivery of the Jewish people from annihilation by Haman, an official in the Persian empire, and is recorded in the book of Esther.  There, we find an orphaned girl (Esther), raised by a relative (Mordecai) while in exile.  “Upside down drama” definitely plays out as we find that young Jewish girl (whose ethnicity was hidden for her own safety) winning a beauty contest and becoming queen to King Ahasuerus.

Little did they know, God was preparing Queen Esther for “…such a time as this.”

In a wild series of events, because of Mordecai’s faithful service to the king and because of Esther’s position, the Jewish people were saved from the murderous Jew-hater, Haman.  Thus, the Jews are alive today because the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is faithful to His everlasting promises!  (Take time to read the entire story in Esther!  You will be blessed.)

One for Israel released an article, Esther: The Upside Down Drama, I found highly interesting.  I hope you will enjoy it, too, as we contemplate this joyful day in which Jews celebrate their deliverance!

PS: On Purim, children often dress up like Mordecai and Esther, and there is a “carnival-like” atmosphere, complete with noise-makers, candy and gifts.  On the surface, it may seem like what we know in America as Halloween.  However, while Halloween rises out of evil, occultic roots, Purim arises from the Biblical account of Esther.  The two celebrations are totally unrelated.

Want to dig deeper?  You will find more information about Purim here.

 

New Covenant: Was it Meant for Gentiles or Jews?

In Christendom, we tend to claim the New Covenant as our own.  But do you realize it was an Old Testament Jewish prophet, speaking to Jewish people, who proclaimed the New Covenant?

True, the New Covenant is the vehicle in which salvation was brought to the Gentiles, so we can logically make the argument that the New Covenant was meant for us.  But Biblically, we see that it was meant for the Jews first!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
~Romans 1:16 (Emphasis mine)

Here is an excellent explanation of the New Covenant.  Enjoy!