Melva Lea Beacham
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why Israel?
God made a covenant with His friend Abraham that He would make him into a great nation and bless him, and that through him all the peoples of the earth would be blessed. God promised that the land would be given to Abraham’s descendants through his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. God promised that those who blessed Abraham and his descendants would be blessed, and those who cursed them would be cursed. The everlasting covenant was twofold;
God would be their God.
The land of Israel would belong to the descendants of Isaac.
Genesis 12:2-3,6-7, Genesis 13:14-17, Genesis 15:7,18-21, Genesis 17:7-8,19, Genesis 26:3-4, Genesis 28:13-15, Genesis 35:10-13, Exodus 6:8, Exodus 32:13, Duet 1:8,21, Psalm 105:6-11, Isaiah 14:1-2, Isaiah 41:8-10, Isaiah 49:19-20, Isaiah 60:4-5, Isaiah 61:4-7, Isaiah 62, Jeremiah 12:14-15, Ezekiel 11:16-17, Ezekiel 28:25, Ezekiel 36, Ezekiel 37
2. Why the Jewish people?
Looking closer at the covenant God made with Abraham, He promised his descendants would be named through Isaac (Genesis 21:12). Isaac gave the blessing of Abraham and inheritance to his son Jacob (Genesis 27:26-29, Genesis 28:3-4). God gave Jacob the new name Israel (Genesis 32:28), and from him came the twelve tribes of Israel. The descendants of these tribes are the Jewish people today.
Exodus 19:5 says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”
Genesis 28:13-15, Leviticus 20:24, Leviticus 26:9,42, Deuteronomy 10:15, Psalm 105:6-11, Psalm 135:4, Isaiah 14:1-2, Isaiah 41:8-10, Isaiah 61:4-7, Isaiah 65:9, Jeremiah 31:31-37, Jeremiah 32:37-41
3. Hasn’t the Church replaced Israel because of their disobedience?
The apostle Paul said in Romans 11:1-2a “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.”
This was a confirmation of Jeremiah 31:31-37. In this passage God indeed said He was going to make a new covenant with Israel; one written in their hearts and in their minds. But according to Ezekiel 36:24-28, this would only happen once they returned from the nations to the covenant land of Israel. God is still working His eternal covenant with His Jewish people, both to be their God and to return them to their land.
The Church never replaced Israel. The Church was accorded the profound mercy of God to be grafted into their root. This was never to the Jews’ exclusion, but for the sake of the Church’s inclusion.
Isaiah 41:8-10, Isaiah 44:21-22, Isaiah 46:3-4, Isaiah 51:3, Isaiah 54:6-8, Jeremiah 3:14-18, Jeremiah 30:11, Jeremiah 31:31-37, Ezekiel 36:22-23, Joel 2:18-19, Zechariah 10:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 11:11-32
4. Should the Jews give back the land of Israel to the Palestinians?
Before there was ever a Palestinian, the patriarch Abraham purchased land in Hebron to bury his wife Sarah (Genesis 23:3-20, Genesis 25:7-10). Today, this piece of real estate is being hotly disputed by the Palestinians who limit Jewish access there. This is the burial site of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah. The Land of Israel belongs to the descendants of Isaac through covenant (Genesis 17:21).
Ishmael, the father of many Arab nations, bears witness to this everlasting covenant. How so? The sign of the covenant was circumcision. Ishmael was circumcised when he was 13 years old, thus having a constant reminder for him and his descendants (to date) to whom the land belonged. Even Esau, another son of Isaac would have been circumcised along with his descendants. Thus, all circumcised Arab cousins, including the Palestinians, bear the sign of this covenant in their bodies that the land belongs to the Jews.
Genesis 17:9-11, Leviticus 25:23, Ezekiel 11:16-17, Zephaniah 3:19-20
5. Is a two state solution really the answer?
No. God’s Word expresses very clearly to whom He has given the land as an inheritance. He defines it another way in Joel 3:1-2 “In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning My inheritance, My people Israel, for they scattered My people among the nations and divided up My land.” “I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed…” 2 Samuel 7:10
Zechariah 8:7-8, Zechariah 14:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
6. What is Aliyah and the regathering of the Jewish people?
‘Aliyah’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘to go up’. The term used when a Jewish person immigrates to the homeland of Israel is ‘to make aliyah’.
God promises throughout His Word that He will gather His people from where they have been scattered around the world, back to the land of Israel. He will plant them in their inherited land and cause them to prosper there.
In Amos 9:14-15 God says “I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.
Nehemiah 1:8-9, Psalm 69:33-36, Psalm 106:47, Psalm 107:2-3, Psalm 147:2-3, Isaiah 11:11-12, Isaiah 14:1-2, Isaiah 45:20, Isaiah 49:22, Isaiah 51:11, Isaiah 61:4-7, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Jeremiah 23:3-4, Jeremiah 24:6-7, Jeremiah 30:3,10, Jeremiah 31:8-9, Jeremiah 31:27-28, Ezekiel 11:16-17, Ezekiel 20:34-38,41-41, Obadiah 1:17-21, Micah 2:12-13
7. Didn’t this happen when the exiles came home from the Babylonian captivity?
Yes, but God specifically referred to a later time after the Jews had been dispersed world wide. He said repeatedly that He would bring them home from all nations (not just Babylon); that a nation would be born in one day (Isaiah 66:8). On May 14, 1948, after 2000 years of exile, the Jewish people again had a homeland, and have been making aliyah ever since.
8. Can Jews believe in Yeshua and still be Jewish?
Yes. When a Jewish person comes to faith in Yeshua it is a wonderful reconciliation of the Jewish Messiah to his people. Yeshua Himself said that He was sent for lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Matthew 15:24) The Jewish people do not lose their Jewishness when they come to believe Yeshua is the Messiah. God has called the Jewish people to be an example, a peculiar treasure (Psalm 135:4), a light to the nations (Isaiah 42:6). In John 15:5 Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches..”, Paul uses this metaphor to help explain the position of the believing Jew in Romans 11:17-18,24-25 “And if some of the branches (Jews) were broken off, and you (Gentiles), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them. and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree. do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”.
When Gentiles come to faith in Yeshua, they are grafted into the cultivated olive tree. When Jewish people come to faith in Yeshua they are grafted back into their own tree! They keep their identity and calling as a people. For the Gentiles however, it is their responsibility to come to know and understand the Jewish roots into which they have been grafted.
9. Who are Messianic Jews?
Messianic Jews are Jewish people who understand and accept that Yeshua is the One whom Torah and Tanakh point to: their Messiah. And not only that, He is the Son of the living God. It was this very revelation that Peter, the disciple of Yeshua, received, “You are the Messiah; the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-17)
This does not come by mental assent, but only by the revelation of the Holy Spirit! Yeshua replied to Peter, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father Who is in heaven.”
10. Is it important for Christians to understand God’s appointed feasts?
It is important for Christians to know their Messiah. To better appreciate Yeshua, it is important to understand His Jewish culture. Also, through the feasts, the Church is brought back to a biblical reference, instead of pagan holidays.
We can more deeply appreciate Yeshua as our Passover, our Unleavened Bread, our First Fruits.
Through the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), we can understand that God gave His Word (10 commandments), and Holy Spirit on the same day–thousands of years apart–to remind us that we cannot have the Word without the Spirit, or the Spirit without the Word. We must have the power of both working concurrently in our lives.
The celebration of Rosh HaShanah, the solemn day of Yom Kippur, and celebration of Succot (Tabernacles) have not yet been fulfilled and directly point to the return of the Lord. Without following the feasts, the Church has a woeful lack of prophetic timing–to be able to rightly discern bible prophecies as they relate to current events.
11. Should Christians participate in the feasts of the Lord?
God commanded His people to meet with Him during specific times of the year. The Bible does not specifically instruct Gentile believers in Yeshua to participate in the Lord’s feasts, however because we have been grafted in, we too are invited. There is a great deal of enrichment and joy that can come from participating in the feasts, as well as an increased sense of prophetic timing. We don’t have to participate in the feasts–we get to!
Furthermore, Paul the apostle to the Gentiles exhorted the the Gentile believers in Corinth to celebrate the feast of Passover (Pesach). Not only that, during the millennial reign of Yeshua, all nations will be required to send representatives to Jerusalem to celebrate the international holiday – the feast of Tabernacles (Succot), and worship the Lord. All nations who refuse to do so will not receive rain (economic blessing the following year), and will also receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the feast of Tabernacles.
Leviticus 23, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, Zechariah 14:16-19
12. What is Shabbat (Sabbath)?
Shabbat is the Hebrew name for the seventh day of the week on which God refrained from His work. It is the only day of the Hebrew week that has a name. Shabbat begins at sundown Friday evening and ends at sundown the following evening. In Jewish culture there is no work to be done on Shabbat, as it is a day for rest, family and worship of God.
Genesis 2:2, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 23:12
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