Can I be Jewish and Believe in Jesus? An interesting question. Did you know that one of the biggest question of the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) was not about whether Jews could believe in Yeshua (Jesus), but if Gentiles could believe in Him? Acts 11:18 says, “When [the Messianic Jews in Jerusalem] heard this they became quiet, and they glorified God, saying, “Then even to the Gentiles God has granted repentance leading to life!”
Below I will quote several Scriptures from the Tanach (CJB) and I want you to ask yourself the question, “Who is this talking about?”
- Deuteronomy 18:17-18 On that occasion Adonai said to me, ‘They are right in what they are saying. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.
- Psalms 2:7-9 “I will proclaim the decree: Adonai said to me, ‘You are my son; today I became your father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance; the whole wide world
will be your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot.’”
- Psalms 22:2,7-9,14-18 My God! My God! Why have you abandoned me? Why so far from helping me, so far from my anguished cries? 7 But I am a worm, not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 8 All who see me jeer at me; they sneer and shake their heads: 9 “He committed himself to Adonai, so let him rescue him! Let him set him free
if he takes such delight in him!” 14 They open their mouths wide against me, like ravening, roaring lions. 15 I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart has become like wax — it melts inside me; 16 my mouth is as dry as a fragment of a pot, my tongue sticks to my palate; you lay me down in the dust of death. 17 Dogs are all around me, a pack of villains closes in on me like a lion [at] my hands and feet.[“They pierced my hands and feet.” ] 18 I can count every one of my bones, while they gaze at me and gloat.
- Isaiah 9:5-6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders,
and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace], 6 in order to extend the dominion
and perpetuate the peace of the throne and kingdom of David, to secure it and sustain it
through justice and righteousness henceforth and forever. The zeal of Adonai–Tzva’ot will accomplish this.
- Micah 5:1 But you, Beit-Lechem near Efrat, so small among the clans of Y’hudah, out of you will come forth to me the future ruler of Isra’el, whose origins are far in the past, back in ancient times.
- Isaiah 53 Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed? 2 For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us. 3 People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him. 4 In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. 5 But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises* we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet Adonai laid on him the guilt of all of us. 7 Though mistreated, he was submissive — he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves. 9 He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive, 10 yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering. If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand Adonai’s desire
will be accomplished. 11 After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. “By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers. 12 Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”
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