WND: While messianic Jews in Israel often describe their belief and faith in Jesus-Yeshua as “the most Jewish and Israeli thing” about them, there is increasing pushback from Orthodox Jews who see them as traitors to their Jewish faith, in league with Jewish persecutors of the past. Many Orthodox believers don’t think you can be both Jewish and a follower of Jesus-Yeshua.
Just last month, the Israeli Knesset narrowly passed what is called the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People,” formal legislation that officially makes Israel a Jewish state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized the reality of Israel – including equality.
“We enshrined in law the basic principle of our existence,” he said. “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, that respects the individual rights of all its citizens.”
But what about the rights of messianic Jews? more …
Opinion: Messianic Judaism (a branch of which is “Jews for Jesus”) has tried to straddle the line between Judaism and Christianity. According to this group, Jesus, or Yeshua (Aramaic), was the Messiah, and He died on behalf of the world’s sins. They also believe that the Jews are the chosen people, and that the explicit laws of the Torah, such as observing Shabbat, holidays, and circumcision must be obeyed today.
The origins of this group can be traced back to the Hebrew Christian missions to the Jews in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1948, there was only 23 Messianic Jews in all of Israel skyrocketing now to some 30,000 with at least 300 congregations throughout the land – 20 in Jerusalem alone. In many cases Messianic Jews are ostracized, cannot marry in a traditional ceremony, and some in Israel have even been deported.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” Galatians 3:28.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians records that in the Church there is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile). No matter which we were before becoming born again we are neither afterward. The Church is a completely different group of mankind with a different destiny than either Jews or Gentiles.
In Ephesians 2:14-16 Paul wrote that God’s purpose in sending His son to die for us was to create one new man out of the two. Since the cross there have been three types of human, Jews, Gentiles, and the Church, 1 Corinthians 10:32.
Believers in Christ (John 3:16) everywhere in the world will hear the final trumpet signaling the end of the church age (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4″16-18).