Thursday, June 3, 2010

What does Judaism teach?


Judaism teaches that there is a Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.

If you study the Jewish Bible carefully, you will also find that it teaches these steps To Eternal Life and Peace with God:

God is the source of eternal life.
Psalm 16:11 "Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever."

Man experiences separation (death) between himself and God because of sin.
Isaiah 59:2 " But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear."

Removing this sin barrier requires blood atonement.
Leviticus 17:11
" is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement."

God promised to send the Messiah to provide that atonement.
Isaiah 53:5-6
"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."

We must accept Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and His atonement into our lives.
Psalm 2:12
" Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"

The Messiah-ship of Yeshua
From the very beginning, the Tenach (Jewish Bible) promised a Messiah (Genesis 3:15), a Saviour for both Jews and Gentiles (Isaiah 49:6). The Tenach reveals over 65 distinctives of the Messiah.

For Example
He would be from the tribe of Judah (Micah 5:2), a descendant from the family of David (Jeremiah 23:5-6), and born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). The specific time the Messiah would be cut off (Daniel 9:26). His triumphal entry into Jerusalem fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. He would be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9) and sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:13). In Isaiah 53, we read about the details of Yeshua’s sufferings. He would be wounded for our sins and transgressions, his hands and feet would be pierced. He would suffer and die (Isaiah 53:9) as an atoning sacrifice prior to the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE (AD) (Daniel 9:24-26). Not a single bone would be broken (Psalm 34:20).
He would be resurrected (Psalm 16:10).

The Brit-Chadashah (New Testament) reveals Yeshua's fulfilment of prophecy.
He WAS from the tribe of Judah (Luke 3:33), the family of David (Luke 3:31) and born of a Virgin (Matthew 1:18-23). He WAS betrayed by a friend (John 18:5, Mark 14: 17-18) and SOLD for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15). He DID suffer and die (Matthew 27:33-56) as an atoning sacrifice prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE (AD). NOT a single bone of Yeshua was broken during His scourging, the crucifixion it-self, nor by the Roman soldiers who broke the other victim’s legs (John 19:36). He WAS resurrected through providing salvation for Jew and Gentile (Matthew 28:1-20).

Messiah Yeshua's gift of salvation is free to those who repent of their sins, place their faith in His sacrifice, and trust that God raised Him from the dead. If you would like to place your trust in Yeshua, you can do so right now. Simply tell God about your decision. Perhaps this prayer (prayer is simply talking with God) reflects your heart. If it does, you might want to use it to express your decision to trust in Yeshua. The Prayer: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I am a Jew. I was born a Jew and I will die a Jew.  I now see and understand that Yeshua is our promised Messiah. I now see and understand my separation from you caused by my sin. I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that Yeshua provided the ultimate blood atonement for my sins. I receive Him today as my Messiah and Saviour. I thank you for the gift of eternal life. Amen

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