Know Your Stuff

Philip found Nathaniel and said to him,
“We have found him about whom Moses in the law
and also the prophets wrote, Yeshua, son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
-John 1:45

There are 85 mentions of Moses in the New Testament and of these mentions 7 refer specifically to Moses and the Prophets. “Moses” appears in the Gospels, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, 2 Timothy, Hebrews, Jude and Revelation. The references to Moses in the New Testament are either used as a teaching tool or as a source referred to as containing Messianic prophecies. Knowing about these references is not the same as actually knowing their location and reading them.

You might be able to point Jews to the references about Moses and his prophecies concerning Yeshua in the New Testament, a book unlikely to have been, or to be, read by Jews because it is considered anathema to do so, but could you turn to the Hebrew scriptures and point out to them what their own texts have to say about Yeshua?

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures (Luke 24:27).

If Yeshua had the patience and knowledge to do this for the two on the road to Emmaus, should we not also emulate the Lord in this area?

There is a wave of curiosity sweeping through young Jews today, as they watch the rise of Messianic Judaism in Israel. In 2008, CBN’s, Inside Israel reported:

Although nobody knows for sure how many Messianic Jews live in Israel, it’s believed there are about 120 congregations now and 10,000-15,000 Jewish believers in Jesus.

That may not sound like many given Israel’s nearly six million Jews, but it’s a far cry from 10 years ago when there were only about 3,500 Jewish believers and 80 congregations.

Recently, Jewish Israel, quoted statistics from Charisma Magazine (October 2013) on the current state of Messianic Judaism:

Today the latest reports estimate almost 20,000 and 150 congregations in “the Land” (as Ertz Yisrael is called), while globally the reports range as high 300,000 Messianic Jewish believers.

These figures may not seem to amount to a proper hill-of-beans but considering that it is believed that this movement did not exist prior to the 1970s, these figures are reminiscent of those of another movement’s growth between the start of the Common Era (C.E.) and the 4th century, C.E.

The Lord is coming!

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Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
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