Today I would like to talk to you about Messianic Judaism
because many people ask, "What exactly is Messianic
Judaism?" and, "How can Jewish people believe in Jesus?"
Messianic Judaism began 2,000 years ago with the Messiah
Himself, (Jesus of Nazareth). Jesus was Jewish and so were
all of His disciples, and so were all the men who wrote
the Bible, both Old and New Covenant scriptures. (In
Hebrew, the Tenach and the Brit Hadasha)
According to the scriptures, Yeshua lived the life of a
Jewish person. He was circumcised, dedicated and had a
"form of a Bar Mitzvah" at the Temple (see Luke, chapter
2). He attended the synagogues on Shabbat and went to the
Jewish festivals. He not only observed the commandments of
the Torah, but He, Himself, fulfilled them (Matt. 5:17,
In the early centuries after Yeshua's death and
resurrection, many changes in the Body of the Messiah came
about through Roman church policy (including the switching
of Shabbat, the official day of worship from Saturday to
Sunday), but that never stopped Messianic Judaism from
existing, nor the fact that Christianity was born out of
Over the centuries and up until the present time, the
majority of Jewish believers in Yeshua still maintained
their Jewish identity, Jewish Customs and Jewish
lifestyle, even through they have also embraced the basic
doctrine of the New Covenant (the deity of Jesus,
forgiveness of sins through His blood atonement on the
cross, resurrection from the dead and everlasting life in
the Kingdom of Heaven). The same is true today, only on a
larger magnitude due to the worldwide Messianic Jewish
explosion which has taken place during the last 40 years.
In the late 1960's there were only a handful of Messianic
Synagogues and perhaps a few thousand Jewish believers in
Yeshua. Today there are over 400 Messianic Congregations
in the United States alone, with many more around the
world. There are also hundreds of thousands of Jewish
believers in Yeshua throughout the world today, and the
number is growing rapidly!
Why, you might ask? Because God has a divine plan and
nothing can stop it! In these last days, as many of our
Jewish people are becoming "born again" through the Ruach
Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit); the Church (also inspired by the
Holy Spirit), is sovereignly becoming hungry for the
Jewishness of the gospel and for the biblical Jewish Roots
of Christianity. The reason being, that as the Bride of
Messiah, God is preparing us for the soon return of our
Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Yeshua, who has broken down
the middle wall of partition and made us all one in Him.
On a personal note, I grew up in a typical Jewish home,
had Bar Mitzvah and observed the Jewish holidays, but
honestly it was all a lifeless form of religion to me.
Today, after being a believer in Yeshua for twenty-seven
years, I have never been more Jewish in all my life! I
worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I observe
Shabbat and all of the Biblical Jewish Festivals, I study
the writings of the Torah and the entire Tenach (Old
Testament) on a regular basis, and I pray to the God of
Israel every day. These are things I never did until I
accepted God's Messiah into my heart. You might say, Jesus
really made me Jewish, and not only that, but a Messianic
Jewish Rabbi as well, for the glory of God.
Today I would like to talk to you about the triune nature
of God. Of course, the Lord our God is one God who
manifests His Presence in three divine persons. Avinu (our
Father), Yeshua (the Son) and the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the
Holy Spirit), but still He is one God!
In Deut. 6:4 we find a central statement of all branches
of Judaism, including Messianic Judaism (Jewish believers
in Jesus). It is called in Hebrew the "Shema". It reads
“Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echad” – “Hear O
Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”.
Now, some of you may be asking "If the Lord is one God,
how can He manifest Himself in three divine persons? How
can three be one?"
A hard concept for the human mind to grasp; however, God
created and arranged many things is a triune fashion. The
universe consists of space, time and matter. Space
consists of length, breadth and depth. Time consists of
past, present and future. Matter consists of energy,
motion and phenomena. A sunbeam is light, heat and ultra
violet rays and H20 is ice, liquid and steam. What's more,
even basic Judaism teaches the same concept. The
patriarchs are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Tenach
(Hebrew Bible), includes the Torah, the Prophets and the
Writings. The three pieces of Matzah at the Passover table
represents the Priests, the Levites and the people,
according to traditional Judaism.
The Trinity is not originally a Christian concept. It was
well documented in the Hebrew Scriptures long before the
New Testament was written. The scripture references often
read "Elohim" in Hebrew in the Tenach. Elohim is the
plural noun for the word "God". You will discover this as
you read the following scriptures: Genesis 1:1,2 with
verse 26 and Genesis 3:22. These passages use "Elohim". In
Psalm 110:1 David wrote, "The Lord said to my Lord, sit at
my right hand till make your enemies your footstool".
Isaiah 48:16 (A great Messianic Prophecy) says, "The
sovereign Lord, meaning (God), has sent me (the Messiah),
with His Spirit (the Holy Spirit).
Here we see all three divine persons of the Godhead in one
verse of scripture! (That's Isa. 48:16). There are many
other passages in the Tenach which clearly reflect the
triune nature of God. The Trinity, contrary to popular
belief, finds its roots in Judaism, not Christianity.
In either case, the Trinity does not represent three gods,
but one God who manifests Himself in three divine persons.
This may be hard for the human mind to grasp, but
remember, with God, all things are possible.
Today I would like to talk to you about "blood atonement".
The theme of blood atonement is dominant throughout the
Torah (the first five books of the Bible). The blood of
the Passover Lamb was applied to the door posts of every
Israelite home just prior to the exodus from Egypt
(according to Ex. 12). When God saw the blood on the
door-post, he "passed over" that house and those inside
passed from death to life.
The writings of Torah often remind us that "without the
shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins".
Leviticus 17:11 says, "For the life of a creature is in
the blood; and I have given it to you to make atonement
for yourselves on the altar, it is the blood that makes
atonement for one's life". In the Tabernacle of Moses and
in the Temple of Solomon, the blood of animals was offered
as a sacrifice for the sins of the people, especially on
Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement.
All the blood sacrifices foreshadowed the one perfect
sacrifice, Yeshua, whose blood made atonement for the sins
of all mankind. He is also known as the Lamb of God. If
you apply (spiritually speaking) the blood of His
atonement to the door-post of your heart, you will pass
from "death unto life". You will also receive the gift of
the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit). If you reject His
blood sacrifice, which He made on your behalf, then there
is no forgiveness of sin. Through Him, and Him alone, is
God's plan of salvation for the Jewish people and for all
The Rabbis teach that when the Temple was destroyed in 70
AD by the Romans, blood atonement became unnecessary.
Forgiveness of sins now came through doing "good works".
But God says, "Without the shedding of blood, there is no
remission of sins". Even the prophet Isaiah said, "Our own
acts of righteousness are like filthy rags before the
Lord". (Isaiah 64:6)
The question to all of us is, "do you think you can save
yourself" or "Do you want to come under the New Covenant
which God has provided for you and me through the blood of
the Messiah Yeshua?
This New Covenant was instituted by the Messiah, Himself,
shortly before His crucifixion, when at the Passover table
He took the cup and said, "Drink from it, all of you –
this is the blood of the covenant which is poured out for
many, for the forgiveness of sins".
My fiends, you do not have to live a life of bondage and
sin - you can have the "abundant life" instead, promised
by the Messiah Yeshua, who also gave His life for you -
listen carefully to the words of this song and then simply
ask Jesus into your heart, today!
The song “My Atonement” can be ordered – it’s on the
Mount Zion” CD
At the Tabernacle we place an emphasis on Spirit-filled
praise and worship that we may worship the Lord Yeshua
(Jesus) in "Spirit and in truth" and in the "splendor of
His holiness". We also recognize that there is a strong
connection between "high praise" and spiritual warfare.
According to the scriptures there is a strong connection
between praise and warfare. In Gen. 29:35, when Leah, the
wife of Jacob, gave birth to their fourth son, she said,
"this time I will praise the Lord" and she named the child
Judah. The name of Judah comes from the Hebrew root word "Yadah",
which means "to thank and praise with extended hands". In
Judges 1:1,2, the Israelites inquired of the Lord "who
shall go up first to fight against the Canaanites?" The
Lord answered "let Judah go up first" or in other words,
let praise be on the frontlines of the battle. In II
Chronicles 20, there were three enemy nations coming
against King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah. The
Spirit of the Lord told Jehoshaphat to place singers on
the frontlines of the battle, which he did. The Lord then
threw all three enemy nations into complete confusion and
gave Jehoshaphat a total victory that day.
Today, for us as believers in Jesus, who is the "lion of
the tribe of Judah", the same biblical and spiritual
principles apply. When we come together and lift up our
voices in praise to the Lord, spiritual warfare takes
place in the "heavenly realms" and God always gives us the
victory, "for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God, even to the pulling down of
strongholds!" (2 Cor. 10:4).
If you are presently under a "spiritual attack", remember
to pick up one of the spiritual weapons God has given us,
the weapon of praise! Take you position on the frontlines
of the battle and "give thanks to the Lord, for He is
good, and His mercy endures forever". Praise the Lord with
all your heart, and watch Him throw your enemies into
complete confusion and give you a mighty victory.
“Speak to Me” can be ordered – it’s on
Presence of the Lord” CD
Shalom! This is Messianic Rabbi Jeremy Storch of the
Tabernacle, a Messianic Jewish/Christian congregation here
in Branson, Mo. For service times and locations, please
call 417-334-7373. Song played from CD, entitled "Speak to Me", which
reflects prayer, worship and intimacy with God.