Why should Christians learn about Judaism?

We have all heard that Yeshua (Jesus) is a Jew. During his time on earth he was the only one ever to keep the Law of Moses perfectly. The only times that he ever displayed his anger were when the leadership would teach that traditions of man were on equal par as the Word of the *L-RD. As stated in Matthew 23:3,”Do as they say, not as they do.” Other examples of this are when He overturned the moneychanger tables and when He was scolded for not washing His hands in Luke 11. Matthew 12 recounts Yeshua’s Talmidim (Disciples) picking the heads off of grain and eating it on Shabbat. He and all of the talmidim never ceased observing the tenets of Judaism, the word of the L-RD. We must be scrupulous to know the difference between tradition and the word of the L-RD.

That being said, it is important that we realize that He and the talmidim and apostles continued to be Jewish and to practice Judaism. He did not come to start a new religion. There was already one religion of one *G-D, one Temple, one Word of G-D, one Israel, and one Messiah. He came to provide the way of reconciling everyone to G-D. The gentile to be grafted in and the Jew to be re-grafted back as it tells us in Romans 11. Grafted into Israel the nation of priests taking the good news to all the nations.

Born-again believers are spiritual Israel; G-D’S chosen people. Not replacing Israel, grafted into Israel. This is our inheritance, our destiny. Keep in mind that G-D gave us the scriptures so that we can come to know him. How can we get to know G-D? One way is by listening to him through reading His word.

This brings up an important issue that only a few folks realize. Now that you are a born again believer, all the L-RD’S blessings are available to you. Just because you have prayed the sinner’s prayer does not mean that you should not pray anymore. Do you have to pray? No, but you will miss the blessing. It tells us in Psalm 122 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Do you have to? Will you lose your salvation if you don’t? Of course not, but you will miss the blessing. Do you have to remember the Shabbat and keep it holy? No, but you will miss the blessing. The point is that you don’t have to live according to the word of G-D, but you can and then you will get the blessing.

*Many Jewish people write G-D or L-RD substituting a dash for the letter o when referring to the Creator of the Universe. This is done as a sign of respect for His Name (not to be taken lightly) and to avoid the possibility that His Name could wind up in the dust bin.