Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Leviticus 5.17-19, and the Title of our Message is, “Why Jewish People reject Jesus and The New Testament?”.
So with that said, let’s read Leviticus 5.17-19.
The reason for the existence of the Jewish People is to be GOD’S witnesses. GOD adopted the Jewish People out of the Gentiles when He chose Abraham to make of him a great Nation and to bless him and make his name great. Genesis 12.1-3. And the Jewish People are GOD’S son. Israel is GOD’s firstborn. Exodus 4.22. And GOD revealed His Glory to the Children of Israel during their forty year journey to the Promised Land when He led them in the Day by His Cloud of Glory and in the night by His Fire of Glory. And GOD’S Glory filled The Temple when Solomon dedicated The House of The LORD to The LORD our GOD.
GOD also made His Covenants with the Jewish people including The New Covenant for atonement. And as The Law requires that “It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul”, Leviticus 17.11, The New Covenant was fulfilled by the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua’s atoning death for the forgiveness of our sins. Jeremiah 31.31-34. Also GOD gave His Laws to the Jewish people that are written in The Law of Moses for all mankind to live by. Deuteronomy 32.1. And GOD has given the Jewish People the proper service of The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY in The Temple through The Law of Moses, the Priesthood and The Temple Worship on the weekly Sabbaths, and The Feasts of The LORD that are written in Leviticus 23.
And GOD has given the Jewish People all His promises and teachings that are written in The Bible. The fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are Jewish. And as a human being, The Messiah Yeshua, GOD ALMIGHTY was born from the Jewish People, Isaiah 9.6(5), Micah 5.2(1). And GOD in His love for the Jewish People has chosen them to be His witnesses to the world, Isaiah 43.10. And as GOD’S witnesses, the Jewish People accomplished their responsibility by writing The Bible from Genesis through Revelation for the world to know, believe, and understand GOD, that there is ONLY ONE GOD and no others.
And GOD teaches in The Law of Moses that sin is breaking any of GOD’S Commandments or Laws. And The LORD also teaches in The Law of Moses His Way for atonement that forgives our sins, by the shed blood of the sacrifice.
LEVITICUS 5.17-19 The Hebrew word for Commandments in Verse 17, “And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by The Commandments of The LORD,” Commandments in Hebrew MEETS’VOTE meaning The Commandments of The LORD are Collectively The Law of Moses.
Certainly we all sin from time to time. Thus John writes, “If we confess our sins, GOD is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1.9. But it is important to understand what GOD requires of us after our sins are forgiven in Yeshua The Messiah. And this is what GOD requires of us; To fear The LORD our GOD, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and serve The LORD our GOD with all our heart, with all our soul, to keep the Commandments of The LORD and His Statutes which GOD commands us for our good.
Thus Yeshua teaches that “Salvation is from the Jews”. What does that mean? It’s explained in DEUTERONOMY 10.12-13, JOHN 4.22
The word atonement in Hebrew is KAH’FAR meaning to cancel our sins and forgive us.
Much of GOD’s teaching in Leviticus and Numbers in The Torah centers on atonement, and this indicates the critical importance for the forgiveness of our sins. GOD stresses the need for atonement for every human being, and He emphasizes that atonement can only be made by the shed blood that is given to us upon the altar to make atonement for our souls, Leviticus 17.11. And GOD, making animal sacrifices unlawful without a Temple in Jerusalem, Leviticus 17.8-9, that altar for atonement was a Roman cross in Jerusalem where The Jewish Messiah Yeshua was killed, and shed His blood for the sole purpose of being our Atonement. For Jewish People, for Gentiles, for everybody. That is The New Covenant that forgives our sins and remembers our iniquities no more. Jeremiah 31.31-34. But without Atonement for our sins, GOD promises to blot our name out of The Book of Life, thus having no hope for eternal life in Heaven. Exodus 32.33.
Unfortunately, Judaism whom GOD has given The Law for atonement by the shed blood, and their Messiah Yeshua Who shed His blood for the forgiveness of their sins, teaches that atonement can be achieved through different alternatives, disregarding GOD’S instructions in Torah that it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.
Those Jewish alternatives for atonement are good works, a man’s table is an atonement, acts of kindness bring atonement, and charity brings atonement. All very nice but none of them accomplish atonement in the eyes of GOD. Today it is the shed blood of The Jewish Messiah that makes atonement for the soul. Isaiah 53.10.
The Rabbis are not teaching their People correctly about GOD’S Atonement and we all suffer.
And then there is Christianity that teaches that atonement and reconciliation are effected by the death of Jesus Christ in His incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension. All proper teaching. But then Christian doctrine proceeds to destroy Biblical doctrine by their man made lies that GOD’S Laws that are written in The Law of Moses are no longer in effect because of assorted lies that have nothing to do with the written Word of GOD in The Bible. Thus Church doctrine teaches lawlessness, sin, unrighteousness, transgression and iniquity against GOD by rejecting The Law of Moses making the Christian void of Atonement and Salvation even with their belief in Jesus Christ by living in absolute disobedience to GOD. See JOHN 4.22, DEUTERONOMY 10.12-13 and MATTHEW 7.21-23.
Now to the question, Why do Jewish People reject Jesus and The New Testament?
Before I came to believe in Jesus, His given Hebrew Name is Yeshua meaning Deliverance and Salvation, I thought that Jesus Christ was the number one anti-Semite in the world because of the huge number of Christian atrocities against the Jewish people in the Christian pograms in Europe, and the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Holocaust. And I believed that Jesus was the Christian leader who influenced all these atrocities. Until I read The New Testament. How wrong I was about Jesus. Jesus or Yeshua is Jewish, and He loves His Jewish people so much that He gave His Life for us to be our Atonement, to forgive all our sins, and remember them no more.
So this week I decided to investigate that question, why Jewish People, not all, despise and reject Jesus and The New Testament. Both are Jewish. That is, Jesus or Yeshua is Jewish. In fact, Yeshua is GOD ALMIGHTY, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, HASHEM. He is ELOHIM. And He alone is GOD. And YESHUA is The Promised MESSIAH to the Jewish People.
The New Testament is a Jewish Bible written by Jewish People, having the same importance as Moses, the Prophets, Ezra and Nehemiah and other Jewish People who wrote The Tnakh, The Old Testament.
Messiah Yeshua’s disciples were all Jewish as were His apostles, GOD’s messengers who were sent to teach The Word of GOD. They were all Jewish. So why do Jewish people reject Jesus and The New Testament?
First question. Why are Jewish People taught to reject Jesus? Jewish answer: Because Christianity teaches that Jesus is GOD and Judaism teaches that He is not GOD. He is a man. And many Jewish people believe that Jesus is not a prophet.
My answer: Jesus or Yeshua IS GOD. The Tnakh, The Old Testament Scriptures teach in prophesy that The Son born to the Jewish People is THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER. Yeshua IS GOD. And Yeshua The Messiah IS ELOHIM. ISAIAH 9.6, Hebrew Bible ISAIAH 9.5
Why are many Jewish People opposed to The New Testament and the thought of it is repugnant and offensive? Because Christianity teaches that The New Testament fulfills the promises and teachings of The Old Testament. That is to say, Christianity teaches that The New Testament has ended the teachings and promises of The Old Testament, therefore ending The Law of Moses. And much of the church teaches that the church has replaced the Jewish People as GOD’S chosen people, and the church has inherited the sacred Scriptures from Judaism.
My answer is this. If that is in fact Christian teaching, those teaching those lies should be very frightened of meeting GOD, for GOD is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12.29.
The New Testament, better called The New Covenant, is The New Covenant in Yeshua The Messiah for the atonement of our sins. Nothing changes or ends in GOD’S teachings, His promises, His Word, His Laws and Commandments that are written in The Old Testament. The New Testament never speaks of any changes.
Only the atonement of Messiah Yeshua and His Return along with other Biblical teachings that agree with The Old Testament because New Testament teachings come from The Old Testament. In fact, The Old Testament, and The New Testament are One book, One Bible. Both teach GOD’S Laws on how to lead a GODLY life pleasing to GOD by living according to GOD’S Law Of Moses. And The New Testament is the fulfillment of the hundreds of Old Testament prophesies concerning the coming of The Jewish Messiah.
Why were most Jewish People reluctant to accept Yeshua as The Messiah? Judausm teaches that in Jewish tradition, the arrival of The Messiah was to bring peace and joy, and eliminate all offensive conditions and wars, and restore Israel to its former glory. Jesus did not accomplish that, they say.
My answer is this. GOD Himself said in prophesy that Messiah would be despised and rejected of men, Isaiah 53.3. That was accomplished at His first coming. The prophesy continues that Messiah had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His Mouth, Isaiah 53.9. That He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His Voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench. He shall bring forth judgment unto the truth. Isaiah 42.2-3. And prophesy reads that Messiah would be hated without a cause, and He still is. Psalm 69.4(5). And it is the prophesy of GOD that GOD Himself would make Messiah’s Soul an offering for sin. Isaiah 53.10.
Messiah Yeshua came the first time Not to restore Israel to its’ former glory, but to be Israel’s atonement for their sins. And Israel needs Messiah’s atonement today.
Yes, Yeshua came the first time to be our Atonement by His death on a Roman cross in Jerusalem, replacing the animal sacrifice that is forbidden without a Temple in Jerusalem. But when Messiah Yeshua returns, He is GOD ALMIGHTY, He will restore Israel to a much greater place than its former glory. GOD will make Israel like The Garden of Eden, her borders to the Euphrates River. And when GOD gathers the Jewish People out of the enemies’ lands and brings them into their own Land, the Land of Israel, then they will recognize and believe in their Messiah Yeshua when He sits on His Throne, King over all the earth, The One Whom we have pierced. And Messiah will grant them Atonement and pour His Holy Spirit upon them, and bless them with eternal life. ZECHARIAH 12.10, ZECHARIAH 14.9, ISAIAH 51.3
And finally, why are Jewish people taught to reject the Christian teaching that Yeshua was born of a virgin that is written in Isaiah 7.14. The prophesy reads, Therefore The LORD Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel, meaning GOD with us. The answer is long expressing unbelief in the virgin birth for numerous reasons.
My answer. The virgin birth is not Christian teaching. The virgin birth is prophesy from the Lips of GOD. The Word “sign” in Hebrew is OTE meaning a sign and a miracle. The miracle is that The Messiah was born of a virgin. The virgin was Miriam, a nice Jewish girl. The sign is further evidence that Messiah Yeshua IS The Messiah, GOD With Us.
The reasons for Jewish People not believing in Jesus or The New Testament are numerous. I just mentioned a few. But the decision for belief in Messiah is not ours to make, but The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY Who determines whether we believe in Messiah Yeshua or not. Whether we believe correctly according to The Word of GOD, or incorrectly according to the teaching of men and women. It is GOD Who formed us, and determined our entire life. Everything about us is GOD’s determination. ZECHARIAH 12.1.
I believe if Jewish people would read The New Testament which is part of The Torah, Hebrews 8.6, without prejudice, putting aside negative traditions, seeking the truth, there is a good possibility GOD will show you that Messiah Yeshua is Jewish, that He loves His Jewish People, that He is The Messiah, GOD ALMIGHTY, HASHEM, and His death is your Atonement for your sins.
Jewish People, like everyone else in the world, need Atonement to remain written in GOD’S Book of Life for eternal life in Heaven. And there is only one Atonement available, your Messiah Yeshua. So have courage and read The Bible from Genesis through Revelation and perhaps it is the Will of GOD for you to be part of GOD’S special family who will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader