What is the true
The earliest Biblical description of the Jews as a people
2 Ki. 16.6 At that
time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews
from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this
As so often Jews
are defined by the hostility towards them
Esther 3.6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai
alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman
sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom
of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
Yet even at the
time of the revelation of the Law - there was still something
profoundly 'Gentile' about the people
De 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be
no more stiffnecked.
De 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and
the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
This exposure of
this problem is repeated by the Prophets and in the New Testament
Jer 6:10 To whom
shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear
is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the
LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
Eze 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in
heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of
any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
Ac 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye
do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
reproved rabbinic teachers in His own time for despising Moses
Jn.5.45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there
is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he
wrote of me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my
The words He
spoke before indicate the reason for this
Jn.5.41 I receive not honour from men. 42 But I know you,
that ye have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if
another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and
seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
The true essence
of Judaism comes from the root of Judah's name, and Leah's worship
of God on his account
Ge 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she
said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah;
and left bearing.
From Judah's root
comes the One Whom His brethren worship
Ge 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall
praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s
children shall bow down before thee.
Here is the
kernel of true Judaism - Psalm 103 - the worship of and delight in
Ps. 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and
all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Apostle Paul writes strong words about the effects of neglecting the
words that have since been wickedly
abused by Chrysostom
and many others to justify persecuting and even murdering rabbinic
This abuse is something Paul
and other followers would have robustly renounced and condemned as
hideously contrary to the Messiah's mission and spirit.
Rom.1:28 For he is
not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which
is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not
of men, but of God.
Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the
spirit, and rejoice in Yehoshua the Messiah, and have no confidence in
of the heart, the undeserved inscription of His Law in our hearts,
comes through the kinsman-Redeemer (Goel)
of the New Covenant - Yehoshua
Deut.30:5-8 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land
which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do
thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy
seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy
soul, that thou mayest live.
And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and
on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his
commandments which I command thee this day.
Jer. 31:31-4 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the
day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of
Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto
them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put
my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will
be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no
more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know
the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity,
and I will remember their sin no more.
Isa 44:6, 22-3 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his
Redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and
beside me there is no God.
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a
cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts
of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and
every tree therein:
for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Gen. 47: 16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the
lads; and let my name be named on them,
and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a
multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen. 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said,
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he
said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God
face to face, and my life is preserved.
Col. 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision
made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh
by the circumcision of Messiah.
His voice calls
for mercy and patience, to provoke repentance, not the malice or
hatred (so often shown by the idolatrous) towards those still in
Heb 12:24 And to Yehoshua, the mediator of the new
covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of Abel.
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that
inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy
with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the
spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Why would a leading
Jewish rabbi want to visit Jesus?
An old rabbi's appeal from the heart