November 24: Christian Anti-Semitism: And the Gentiles?

What about the Gentiles?

After his conversion (which means change of direction) Saul, now named Paul, brought the Good News of Yeshua to the Gentiles.  As more and more Gentiles believed in Yeshua, everyone began to ask if the Gentiles had to follow the Law of Moses.  That question is still being asked today! In about 50 AD, the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem met to discuss and decide the question.

Acts 15:6-11; 19-21

Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.  So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.

 “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.  For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” (NKJV)

God had told Jeremiah hundreds of years before the Jerusalem Council, that He was giving a New Covenant to the Jewish people, one which the Gentiles could share. The New Covenant was needed because the Old Covenant of Moses was impossible to keep! 



Image of the Jerusalem Council. This style of art is indicative of Replacement Theology…putting “halos” and dressing 1st century Jewish men in Roman style! Note also the crosses…

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