Did God Forsake Jesus? (Psalm 22)

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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 4.56.12 PMRabbi Yosi Mizrachi claims that Jesus cannot be the Messiah, because when he was on the cross he begged God to save him, but God didn’t save him and he wasn’t able to save himself. In the New Testament, Matthew describes what happened: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Mt. 27:46)

 

Rabbi Yosi Mizrachi believes that Jesus begged God to save him, but that is not quite what Matthew described. Actually, Matthew gives the answer to Rabbi Mizrachi's claim when he says, "Jesus cried out with a loud voice"... Jesus was not addressing God, but was shouting so that the crowd could hear him. He shouted in Aramaic: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These are the very words that King David wrote at the beginning of Psalm 22. Jesus addressed the crowd in their spoken language, in Aramaic, so that they would hear and understand. In other words, Jesus wasn't asking God for help, but he was deliberately quoting King David's words in Psalm 22.

The Deity of the Messiah

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Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.46.52 PMRabbi Tovia Singer says: “Anyone who thinks that God came down to us, manifested as anything, whether as cottage cheese or as Jesus, such person is going to the eternal fire of hell and will not enjoy Heaven.”

 

Rabbi Daniel Asor adds: “The Old Testament forbids pagan beliefs which evolve around “human idols” a man-god.” And in page 256 in his book, he writes the following: “The Christians lean on Old Testament verses when it comes to the divinity of Jesus.” And then in a condescending and arrogant way, the rabbi suggests you take a look "at a number of verses in the Old Testament on which the missionaries base their Pagan belief.”

 

So let's do that. Let's look at what the Bible has to say, and at Rabbi Asor's objections, and then explain why even the ancient Jewish Sages think he is wrong.

Is Blood Necessary for Atonement of Sins?

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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.20.22 PMThe motif of blood is so strong, so central, and so important in the Torah that it's impossible to separate it from the motif of sacrifice and atonement for sins, which are interrelated. The Torah (Law of Moses) teaches that when someone sins, they must be put to death; or someone or something else needs to take their place and die in their stead. But since there is no temple, no sacrifices, and no priests, more and more modern rabbis refuse to recognize the importance and centrality of blood for the atonement and forgiveness of sins. The radicals among them exaggerate and take it even further. See the sayings of Rabbi Daniel Asor for example: “Christianity’s obsession on the subject of ‘atonement for sins' through someone else’s pure blood comes from the pagan idolatry of ancient religions.” Rabbi Asor found a creative way to avoid dealing with God’s demand in the Torah for blood sacrifice to atone for sin, by claiming that this is paganism and idolatry. If this is true, why did God demand it from the people of Israel in such a clear way?

Can We Make Substitutions for Blood Sacrifice?

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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 3.36.35 PMAs we know, blood sacrifice is a central theme in the Torah, when it comes to the atonement of sins. But today, in an attempt to find a way around the need for the temple and for sacrifices (and especially the sacrifice of the Messiah) certain rabbis claim that even during the time of the Pentateuch it was possible to atone for sins without blood, but with fine flour and money.

 

See for example the words of Rabbi Daniel Asor: “Forgiveness of sins does not necessarily depend upon blood, but on repentance and on the offering of fine flour, without any blood.” Here he is quoting Leviticus 5:11. Sounds reasonable, right?

Did Jesus use Magic and Sorcery?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.49.56 PM“Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Luke 7:22)

 

The miracles that Jesus and his disciples performed before the people testified to the great authority that Jesus held; authority over the powers of nature, authority over diseases, authority over demons, authority over creation and even authority over death. But yet, this didn’t convince the rabbis who declared that they'd rather die than let someone heal them in the name of Jesus.

 

Do Jewish People Need a Mediator?

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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 10.08.28 AMThe Old Testament teaches that because of the sin that entered the world, there is no longer a direct relationship between human-beings and God, as there was in the beginning. The sin in us separates us from God. The prophet Isaiah described the situation very well: “Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 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.” (Is. 59:1-2)

 

 

In the Pentateuch we learn that when God gave the Law, only the high priests were allowed to enter the Holy of Holies, and only after they offered a sacrifice in order to first purify themselves. The priests are the ones who mediated between the people of Israel and God. Generally it is true that every Jew could cry out to God and beg for His mercy. But, without the atoning sacrifice offered by the high priest, no Jew could come directly into the presence of God. Therefore, one of the roles of the Messiah (as foretold by the Old Testament prophets) is also to be a High Priest for us.

 

In Three Days, Live!

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Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 5.51.13 PMHistorians are now finding out that there were ancient people of Israel who believed that the Messiah would suffer and die - and crucially, that he would rise again... and what is even more amazing is that they had come to these conclusions just before the arrival of Yeshua.

 

There are several passages in the Hebrew scriptures predicting the suffering and death of the promised Messiah, but there is not so much that is obviously speaking about his resurrection. However, as we shall see, there was enough evidence that this was exactly what God had in mind for people to believe that the Messiah would come back to life on the third day - before it even happened.

The Plague of Original Sin

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Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 3.24.34 PMWhen God created mankind, He gave them freedom. Freedom is a good thing, but if human beings are meant to be free, it is impossible to force them to obey God. Adam and Eve were the first human beings who were given this enormous power of free will, and they took advantage of it; they rebelled against God’s command in the Garden of Eden, and the tragic consequences of their choice affected us all. This is what is known as “Original Sin”, which is thought to be a very Christian concept, and not Jewish. But is that really true?

Messianic Judaism is a Cult?

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Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 1.19.46 PMThe chief rabbi of Ashdod (Israel) claims that we are worse than Hitler, another rabbi called us “The Cult of the Messianic Jews". Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, who also calls us a cult adds: “The missionaries "buy" everyone with money, they pay money to needy families and send them free tickets to France”. How easy and convenient it is to define anyone whose views you are in disagreement with and whose message you are threatened by as a “cult”! But what is the actual definition of a cult? What tactics do cult leaders use to keep their members loyal, and to whom does this description really apply? Let’s consider what the Israeli Center for Victims of Cults has to say...

The Biblical Time To Spring Clean

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Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.56.18 AMChanges are happening in Israeli supermarkets - cleaning products are on special offer, and sections of “Kosher for Pesach” goods are appearing with no traces of yeast in them. Yes, we’re gearing up for Passover! At this time of year, everyone gets busy spring cleaning, as the Festival of Unleavened Bread approaches, and all leaven must be removed from the house.

It’s a time of getting rid of the leaven which represents sin, and remembering the miracle of the Angel of Death passing over the Hebrew houses that were protected by the blood of a lamb. Isn't it funny that about this time of year, Yeshua also gave the House of God a good spring clean?

 

How Can we Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 1.45.44 PMPsalm 122 urges us to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”, or more literally, to ask about shalom for Jerusalem. What does it mean? Is it talking here about the need to pray for the city itself - for the dirt and stones, or for spiritual salvation, as true peace starts within? Or a bit of both? Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about the significant city, and some suggestions about how we can pray today.

Holocaust Survivors Hear Handel's Messiah

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 12.35.33 PMLast night, bus loads of Holocaust survivors came to hear a stirring performance of Handel's Messiah at the Or Akiva Cultural Center, close to Caesarea in Israel, but not as they might have heard it before... this version was all in Hebrew.

Even though many Israelis know English very well, hearing something in its original Hebrew sounds very different; "When you know the meaning of the words in another language it's not the same as when hearing in your own language," said music conductor Monika Vasques. "It touches much more the heart." And it certainly did touch many hearts in that packed auditorium; hearts and lives that have lived through hell heard words of comfort and redemption in the Messiah.

Isaiah 53: About the People of Israel or Messiah of Israel?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 2.41.07 PMWithout a doubt, Isaiah 53 is one of the most significant chapters in the Old Testament regarding the Messiah. It is also one of the most troubling chapters for the rabbis, because it prophesies very clearly that the Messiah will be rejected by his own people, will suffer, and die for the sins of humanity. Since the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth (who was rejected, suffered and died) this chapter has caused great confusion among the rabbis. Eventually, about 1,000 years ago, attempts began to reinterpret the whole chapter, claiming that it does not speak about the Messiah.

Was Jesus a False Prophet? Do His Followers Worship 3 gods?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 1.06.03 PMThe rabbis claim that Jesus was a false prophet who incited the people of Israel and lead them astray into idolatry. They base this on what is written in Deuteronomy 18:20: “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.” This verse says that a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods should be put to death, and that such prophet is considered a false prophet. Rabbi Menashe Yisrael, while referring to this verse, claims that Jesus, “Deteriorated to idolatry, bewitched, incited and caused Israel to sin.”

 

The early rabbinical literature painted a picture in which the disciples of Jesus worshiped three different gods, and therefore today, they accuse Jesus, his disciples, and us, of believing in three gods. But anyone who will read the New Testament for themselves will come to the conclusion that the truth is quite the opposite, as we explain here.

Messiah: Suffering Servant or Victorious King?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 12.24.52 PMIn order to dismiss the possibility that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, who suffered and died as a sacrifice for our sins, rabbis of our time try to claim that the Messiah was never supposed to suffer or to die at all, but rather that the Messiah was to be a King who would come to save and conquer. See for example the words of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who declared that when the Messiah comes, he will wipe out all the Arabs: “With one ‘poof’ he will blow them all away, who are the nations of the world? What are they? When the our righteous Messiah comes he will not be afraid of anyone. And will send all these Arabs to hell.”

 

But is the Messiah supposed to be a suffering son of Joseph, or a reigning son of David? Why is the concept of Messiah so confused in Judaism? Why there are so many different ideas of who the Messiah is in Judaism? Here are some answers.

Jesus vs Moses

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Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 11.13.53 AMAn honorable place is reserved for Moses in the history of the people of Israel. And even though he was never a Rabbi, he received the nickname “Our Rabbi Moses”. He is the one who gave the Law to our people, performed miracles and even prophesied about the coming of the Messiah. On top of that, he spoke with God face to face. But for one reason or another, there are those who try to propagate the idea, that we, the believers in Jesus, reject Moses. They claim “we believe in Moses, not in Jesus”. But there is a problem with this idea that you are forced to believe in either one or the other; we, the Messianic Jews, do not reject Moses when we follow Jesus, and as we will show you, the Bible doesn’t force this choice, and neither do the Sages.

Jesus and Moses do not compete against each other, on the contrary, Moses points to the Messiah - to Jesus.

 

The Date of the Messiah's Coming

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Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 3.23.13 PMThe ninth chapter of the book of Daniel contains one of the most important prophecies in the Old Testament. The prophecy predicts the exact time at which the Messiah will appear in the world.

 

 

During the first year of Darius’ reign, Daniel discovered some interesting information, while he was reading the sacred Jewish books, the Bible - or as much of it as had been written by that time. Daniel read that God declared through the prophet Jeremiah that the Babylonian exile would last 70 years.This information was of great value, especially for Daniel, because he was reading it in 538 BC. And since the Babylonian exile began in 605 BC, that meant it was soon coming to an end. So Daniel chose to come before God in prayer, repentance and fasting. And God sent the angel Gabriel to tell him some very specific details about what would happen, and when the Messiah would come.

If Jesus is the Messiah - How come no Rabbi believes in Him?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 3.03.22 PMIf Jesus is indeed the Messiah, how come no Rabbis believe in him?

 

The truth is, that this statement is completely wrong. Among the Jews who came to faith in Jesus, there were many great rabbis. But you have probably never heard of them, since the Jewish community casts them out and slanders them as soon as it comes to light that they believe in Jesus. As long as these rabbis were a part of the Jewish community, they were considered righteous and well-respected, but as soon as their faith in Jesus the Messiah became known, they were despised and considered traitors; sinners, fools and gentiles. Here are just a few of them - if you thought that there are no rabbis who believe in Jesus, you are in for a surprise!

The Old Testament vs. the New Testament?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 2.23.10 PMThe rabbis may claim that they observe the “Law”, but the truth is that they never observed the Law of Moses. They don’t even try to. What they call “The Law” is actually the teachings and traditions invented by the Sages, many thousands of years after Moses. See for example the foreword by the famous Orthodox author and lawyer, Chaim Schimmel, in his book “The Oral Law”, which says: “The Jews never followed the literal words of the Pentateuch, but rather the rabbis' traditions, while believing that God gave an additional Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the “Oral Law”. However, this doesn’t stop certain rabbis from accusing us, the Messianic Jews, of abolishing the Law... while they observe it, so they claim. But this is far from the truth, as we shall see.

Isn't God Having a Son a Pagan Idea?

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Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.54.22 PMMany accuse us, the Messianic Jews, of making a human, Jesus, into God.

 

See for example the words of Rabbi Daniel Asor, who writes: “The Old Testament denies pagan idolatry which revolves around human gods, a man-god.” But there is a lack of understanding (or maybe a lack of desire to understand) what we really believe. Do we believe that a man can suddenly become God? Or that a certain man in history was "promoted" and became God? The answer to both these questions is NO! But, can God reveal Himself to humanity in any way He may choose? And if He created us in His image, and according to His likeness, would it be inappropriate that at some point of time in history, He would want to reveal Himself to us in human form? Is this concept even biblical? And what about Jews who lived before the time of Jesus, did they believe that God can reveal Himself as a human? Did they expect the Messiah to be the “Son of God’? The answer to these questions is YES!

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