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Recently in an attempt to better understand and foster Jewish evangelism by our local Messianic Jewish congregation, we were given a book to read that deals primarily with Isaiah 53, written by a contemporary Messianic Jewish author. As I thoughtfully read the book, the writer’s testimony of coming to faith in Yeshua, and his specific call to evangelize fellow Jewish people, was emphasized. Most assuredly, I was delighted to spend some time to contemplate and be reminded of the accuracy of what the Prophet Isaiah communicated to his audience about the Suffering Servant in this prophecy, issued some 700 years before the time of Yeshua. Of course, the overall premise of the book was the strong recommendation to use ancient prophecies from the Hebrew Tanakh, and in particular Isaiah 53, when evangelizing Jewish people. This was due to the historical bias of many Jews toward Jesus, because of all of the persecution of the Jewish people down through the centuries by those who claimed to be Christians.

However, as a born again Believer who was saved utilizing the name Jesus Christ many years before I knew His Hebrew name was Yeshua (salvation), my first serious encounter with the Isaiah 53 prophecy came some time after I had placed my trust and belief in His blood sacrifice. As a non-Jew, the key to calling upon the name of the Lord for mercy and salvation (Joel 2:32; Romans 10:13), was the innate heartfelt recognition of my fallen nature and my personal need of a Savior. The primary Scriptures used by the Lord to usher me to faith were found in the classic “Romans Road” to salvation (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9; 5:1; 8:1; 8:38-39), with a few references to some of the more ancient Scriptures found in the Old Testament, which have been utilized by modern-day evangelical Christianity. Because I was not Jewish, I did not have any cultural or historical prejudices about the Apostolic Writings. Rather, by growing up attending various Protestant denominational churches, I was not at all antagonistic toward Jesus. I just did not know Him other than as an historical figure, and the founder or primary reason for the religion called Christianity. In fact, even before I was born from above, when asked about what religion I was, I would naturally reply or check the box labeled Christian.

In pondering the distinctions between how the Lord utilizes different Scriptures to bring salvation to diverse people groups from unique cultural and national backgrounds, I was awestruck by the Lord’s majesty and omniscient sovereign plan to fulfill all that He has promised in the words recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Consequently, I have been led to write this month’s lead article, entitled Restoration Calls,” primarily because of the unique work of the Holy Spirit over the last several decades to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Believers into union through the Messianic community of faith. The promised restoration of all things (Acts 3:18-21), involving the emergence of the “one new humanity” (Ephesians 2:15), of men and women who have a testimony of Yeshua and obey His commandments (Revelation 12:17; 14:12), is most certainly a work in progress—with different people from Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds all working according to their unique gifting and callings to service. Hopefully, this article will encourage those called into this end-time move of the Holy Spirit, to ask, seek, and knock in order to receive, find, and discover the unique role that they have been predestined to fulfill, as we prepare for the eventual return of the Messiah to rule and reign from Mount Zion.

Outreach Israel and TNN Press continue to publish books and articles which emphasize a loving, balanced, and scholarly approach, to examining the Scriptures with the objective to help people mature in their Messianic walk of faith. This call has led us to form the Theological Defense Trust in order to support our mission. Additionally, we have been led to develop the Prison Ministry Free Book Fund to send our written materials to those incarcerated in the U.S. penal system. We thank you in advance for your prayers and financial partnership, which is a blessing to all of us!

Advancing His Kingdom, until the Messianic restoration of all things…

Mark Huey

 
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Nine years go, in September 2005, a major fiasco hit the broad Messianic community, with the release of a number of articles by Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries, in which he proceeded to argue that the Epistle to the Hebrews had an unreliable and inappropriate message for Messiah followers. While his rhetoric against Hebrews was strong, the general impression given was that its author did not know what he was talking about, and that Messianic people should remove Hebrews from their regimen of spiritual instruction.

The Hebrews incident, while exhibiting a very, very irresponsible approach to Bible teaching--actually did us more of a positive service than we might realize. It made many of us realize how behind the curve the Messianic movement was, in terms of its understanding of the Apostolic Scriptures, and the Bible as a whole--and how under-developed our approaches to difficult passages, traditionally interpreted as being anti-Torah, were also. It got me to produce the volume Hebrews for the Practical Messianic, and many more subsequent commentaries!

     


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There are a huge array of pressure and tension issues in the Messianic movement. These include, but are not limited to: the salvation and redemption of the Jewish people, non-Jewish Believers embracing their Hebraic Roots, the validity of God's Torah in the post-resurrection era, the nature of Yeshua, and the unity and value of all in the Body of Messiah.

A widely unrecognized or even unknown point of tension regards the composition and reliability of Holy Scripture. For the most part, the broad Messianic movement has tended to take a rather simplistic and somewhat fundamentalist view of the composition of the Biblical books. While a major part of this is due to the lack of commentaries produced from a Messianic perspective, another major part is simply wanting to ignore or dismiss presumed "controversies" that can divide Believers. Yet, being a little more cognizant of controversies and debates going back a century or more, is going to need to take place, as we mature forward as a faith community.



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