November 26: Christian Anti-Semitism: The Split Begins

-The Split Begins

The destruction of the Temple in 70 AD was a major turning point in the relations between Jewish and Gentile Believers. 

The Gentiles were challenged by what they considered to be a contradiction between God’s promises to His “Chosen People” and the Temple in ruins.  The challenge was God’s faithfulness.  The Gentiles asked the question, “Why did God allow this?”

God had clearly warned that He would discipline Israel for rebellion and sin, but that He would also restore them to their unique relationship with Him.

Psalm 89:30-33

“If his sons forsake My law
And do not walk in My judgments,
If they break My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
And their iniquity with stripes.
Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him,
Nor allow My faithfulness to fail. (NKJV)

Instead of looking at both God’s warnings and His promises, the Gentiles resolved the question in another way – Replacement Theology

 

Renounce the lie:

In Yeshua’s I repent from being jealous of the Jewish people and sometimes feeling like a second-class Believer. I renounce the lie that God has replaced the Israel with the church.

 

Replace with the truth:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed [All Believers] with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV)

 

This picture seems to show the confusion between the “two roads.” God never intended there to be such a split between His Jewish and the Gentile followers. There is only one identity – follower of Yeshua, regardless of culture, ethnicity or heritage.

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