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Why won’t you listen?!

January 20th, 2014

I don’t know how many times I have to say it: I don’t believe in three gods.  No one who is a Christian believes in three gods.  Every true believer can say, along with every Jew the Shema: Here O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One (Deuteronomy 6:4).  Neither do we believe that a man became God – that is sacrilegious.

Where do you get these ideas?  From those who do not understand themselves what Christians (whether Jewish or Gentile) believe.  Why not get the truth about the Christian faith from those who understand it: Christians (whether Jewish or Gentile)?  Or from the source, the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament)?  We’d be happy to send you a copy.

Is it possible that the you are told not to interact with us, because there is truth in what we say?  You won’t know till you check it out.

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Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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Have you kissed the Son?

November 26th, 2013

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalms 2:12; English Standard Version)

Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, when suddenly His wrath is kindled. Happy are all they that take refuge in Him. (Psalms 2:12; Jewish Publication Society)

A quick perusal of this verse in the two versions will show that there is some disagreement here.  But, why?

The phrase under debate is the Hebrew words that can be transliterated in English as neeshku-var.  The Hebrew word nshk, can mean “kiss” or “paying homage.”  Var is the Aramaic word for “son.”  So why has the JPS translated it, “do homage in purity?”

Although this is the tradition of some Medieval Jewish sages, there are notable exceptions, such as Ibn Ezra, and the Radak.  The Zohar also speaks of this verse, understanding the word as son.  More importantly, the Talmud recognizes this psalm as Messianic, and speaking in relationship to both Messiah son of Joseph (i.e. Yeshua or Jesus), and Messiah son of David (b. Sukkah 52a).

Already in Psalm 2 we are asked why the world rebels against the Lord and His Anointed (v.1). Later in the psalm God calls this anointed his Son whom He has begotten (v. 7).  So in the words of Michael Brown, to whom I am indebted for the information in this article*, “Why then should it be considered odd that the psalm would close with a twofold admonition, namely, to ‘serve the Lord with fear’ and ‘kiss the son?’”

Where traditional Jewish interpreters vary, they are required to say that the word as written is not quite correct, and that it represents a different word (like the Hebrew word for “purity” which is very similar).  As demonstrated above, however, that is not necessary.

Who is right?  Those who take the words as they are written and translate them within the context of the Psalm; or those who –  disregarding what is written both in the Scriptural text and even, at times, in rabbinic tradition – translate according to their own idea of what they want Scripture to say.

Sadly, many (happily not all) passages in Scripture that point to Yeshua as Messiah are treated this way. Still, more Jewish people are coming to “kiss the Son” today than since the time of Yeshua.  Why not listen to God and do the same?

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* For a more detailed discussion on this passage, read “Answering Jewish Objections of Jesus: Volume Three – Messianic Prophecy Objections,” by Michael Brown.  2003.  Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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The Branch, the King and the Priest

January 11th, 2013

And the word of the LORD came to me: “Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah. Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. And say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”‘ And the crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah. “And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD. And you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.”
(Zechariah 6:9-15)

God is painting here a prophetic picture through the prophet Zechariah, who ministered to Israel during the return from Babylonian captivity of some of the exiles.  He takes the High Priest Yehoshua (Joshua; in Ezra he is referred to as Yeshua, the same Hebrew name as Jesus), and he tells us that he is a symbol of something to come.  This High Priest is symbolized as the Branch (also in Zechariah 3:8), a messianic symbol that we find as early as Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah writing in the 8th Century B.C.E.

And this branch according to our passage, shall be a priest on the throne.  There’s a problem though!  According to the Mosaic Covenant, The High Priest was of the tribe of Levi (the first High Priest Aaron being of that tribe), and the king and the Messiah from the tribe of Judah.  So how is this possible?  Only if the Messiah were not of the Priesthood of Aaron; only if he was not a priest within the context of the covenant made on Mount Sinai, is this possible.

The prophetic symbolism used here of the High Priest Yeshua in the time of Zechariah some 2,400 years ago, is fulfilled  by the High Priest Yeshua, who lived, ministered, died and was then resurrected some 2,000 years ago.  He is the fulfillment of God’s messianic promise of an eternal throne for David, and an eternal priesthood.

That is why King David writes prophetically that:

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies! Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours. The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
(Psalms 110:1-4)

That’s why the writer of the book of the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) called Hebrews can say:

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 6:19-20)

The writer goes on to explain this in Hebrews 7:1-10.

Once again we can see that the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures or Old Testament) only makes sense in light of the Good News that Yeshua was Messiah in fulfillment of it, as illuminated in the B’rit Hadashah.  Faith in Yeshua is the continuation of the faith in God expressed to the nation of Israel in the Tanakh.  Won’t you be a part of the faithful?

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Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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Some Words and Thoughts

January 4th, 2013

Then the LORD caused to rain upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
(Genesis 19:24, Jewish Publication Society)

In Genesis 18, God appears to Abraham in physical form along with two other individuals.  Although the rabbis try to explain this away, the plain meaning of the text is clear – God took on physical form, ate with Abraham (even ate dairy and meat together – imagine that!) and walked around with him – read it for yourself.

In Genesis 19, the two individual with God turn out to be angels who go down to Sodom, speak with Abraham’s nephew Lot and then take him away from Sodom before God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah and the other sinful towns in the area.

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah begins with the verse quoted above.  God on earth reigns down fire and brimstone from God in Heaven.  Could it be that the biblical understanding of the nature of God is at odds with rabbinic understanding?  Could it be that the homogeneous oneness of God that traditional Judaism proclaims is merely the result of a polemic against a pluralistic view of God’s unity as understood by both Jewish and Gentile Christians.  Could it me that the idea of the tri-une nature of God is actually the biblical one and true?

John Wesley, an 18th Century commentator, reflects upon Genesis 19:24 in this way:

Then the Lord rained – from the Lord – God the Son, from God the Father, for the Father has committed all judgment to the Son. He that is the Saviour will be the destroyer of those that reject the salvation.

Let’s get scriptural shall we?!  Food for thought.  Contact us if you wish to know more or if you need a bible.

 

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Who’s a Jew?

July 9th, 2012

Conservative and Reform Jewish leaders in Israel are upset about the rhetoric of the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar, who is trying to prevent the Knesset from passing a measure that would allow the funding of rabbis from those branches of Judaism.  As a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus), I certainly can empathize with their concerns, but cannot help seeing the irony of it all.

At the heart of the issue is the question of what is Judaism and who says so.  Rabbi Amar and his Ashkenazi counterpart, Yona Metzger, proclaim that Conservatives and the Reforms are leading Jewish people astray.  To them, being Jewish and the traditions of the sages as codified in the Talmud and other rabbinic writings are one and the same. 

To this, Reform and Conservative leaders, would disagree: although all due respect is given to the traditions, they do not define what it means to be Jewish, or even what it means to be a follower of Judaism.  

Ironically, it is these same Reform and Conservative leaders who are quick to declare that Jews who believe in Jesus are not Jewish.  Yet many of us believers would say, as the Conservatives and Reforms would, “I was born a Jew and I will die a Jew.”

In the midst of all this I wonder: where is God in this discussion?  Surely it is God who determines what is right and what is wrong; what is biblical and what is unbiblical;  who is a Jew by birth, and who is a Jew by faith.  He has made His understanding known.  His word can be found in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Scriptures), as well as the B’rit Hadashah (the New Testament or New Covenant), if you would but read it.

Being Jewish is following God and obeying the will of God. 

God, in the Tanakh, talks of a Saviour who would have the titles Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).  Signs God gives for the coming of this Saviour include his birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), authority in the word (Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Matthew 7:28-29), and his coming to his temple (Malachi 3:1; this would have had to occur before its destruction).

The Tanakh speaks of the Messiah’s suffering and sacrifice on our behalf (Isaiah 53:5-8).  It speaks of his resurrection from the dead (Isaiah 53:8-10).  And it speaks of a time when he will return and all of Israel will recognize him for who he is (Zechariah 12:10, 13:1).

To be a good Jew before God is to be, not a Talmudic one or a cultural one, but to be a biblical one.  To be that, one must  put their faith in the Messiah, Yeshua  (John 14:6).

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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Redemption and the Tanakh – Part 1: The Akedah

April 27th, 2012

A number of years ago, I was sharing with a church congregation about the way the modern Passover Seder service points to the redemption found in Yeshua (Jesus).  I’m afraid my attempts must have been found wanting, because afterward a young Jewish man, who attended the service, came up to me and asked me what I meant by the term, “redemption”.

Clearly I had not explained myself well enough.  I recognize that the expression tends to be used a lot in Christian circles but the concept is a biblical one that goes back to the Patriarchs.

Genesis 22, a passage know in Jewish tradition as the Akedah, or “binding,” speaks of the time when God called upon Abraham to sacrifice his one-and-only son, Isaac.  Abraham, ever the faithful servant of God, prepares to do so; even though God promised him that he would become a great nation through Isaac.

The passage tells of how Abraham and Isaac, with some servants, went to the place where God instructed them to go in the wilderness of Moriah.  At one point Abraham leaves his servants and goes on alone with Isaac .  Isaac was in his thirties at this time, and it was he who carried the wood for the burnt offering.  He carried the means of his pending destruction, just as Jesus did when he carried the wood he was crucified upon.

Interestingly, Abraham tells his servant that they would both return.  Abraham was confident that God would keep his promise regarding Isaac, even though he was asked to sacrifice him.  Whether he believed that God would spare him at the last, or that He would resurrect Isaac from the dead, we cannot say.  We can only say that Abraham exhibits unswerving faith in God’s ability to keep His promise.

On the way, Isaac notices that there is wood and fuel for the burnt offering; but where is the sacrifice?  He asks his father, who once again exhibits his trust in God, by responding, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22:8).

Notice that he does not say the Lord will provide a lamb for the patriarch and his son, but for Himself.

It is amazing to think that Isaac, although ignorant at first regarding his part in the sacrifice, is a willing participant.  Certainly, Abraham could not have bound up Isaac on the altar, if Isaac had fought with him.  So we see here not only Abraham’s faith, but Isaac’s as well.

As all who are familiar with the story know, just as Abraham lifts the knife and prepares to bring it down upon Isaac, the Angel of the Lord comes and prevents him.  Abraham’s one–and-only son was safe, and their faith was proven.

But a sacrifice was still necessary.  Abraham looks up, “and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns.  And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son” (Genesis 22:13).

The picture is clear.  Abraham was to sacrifice his only son of the promise, Isaac, and the son willingly prepares to lay down his life at God’s command.  God wanted to test Abraham and Isaac, not to see Isaac sacrificed, and so He sent a ram to redeem Isaac’s life. 

The Akedah is a story of both faith and redemption.  The two are inseparable.  Almost two millennia after this sacrifice, God sent His one-and-only Son, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).  This son was not a mere human, like Isaac, but was God Himself, come in human form to be a perfect sacrifice.  He willingly laid down his life at His Father’s command.

It is not a human sacrifice, but God’s self-sacrifice on behalf of his people – to reconcile them to Him.   By this sacrifice, Yeshua has redeemed us, just as that ram redeemed Isaac so long before.

That redemption – that salvation – is available to all those who put their faith in God through that sacrifice.  It is effective to all who put their faith in Yeshua and recognize him as both Saviour and Lord.

If you would like to know this redemption, then please contact us.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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Is the Golden Rule Universal?

January 23rd, 2012

“The Golden Rule, also known as the Ethic of Reciprocity, is arguably the most consistent, prevalent and universal ethical principle in history.”
(McKenna, Paul: The Golden Rule Poster. 2000; PfLaum, Dayton, OH : PfLaum, 2000.)

Such is the claim of the Golden Rule Poster which includes quotations from the sacred or philosophical writings of thirteen of the world’s faith traditions representing the vast majority of the human race.  At the end of the explanation of this poster, we find that, “the Golden Rule may be the best guide we have for bringing all the world’s people to live together in peace.”

I have to wonder if either statement is true?

Certainly, Messiah (Christ) was adamant about this idea of loving others (Matthew 7:12).  This truth was proclaimed in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures; Leviticus 19:18), and so Yeshua (Jesus) reiterates it to his followers.

It is interesting that in the religious text for Judaism, the poster doesn’t even use the Leviticus reference in the Tanakh, but a rendition of it by Rabbi Hillel found in the Talmud.  Nevertheless, Hillel’s saying is similar to Yeshua’s statement in Matthew.

Furthermore, though some religious texts seem to speak to this “Ethic of Reciprocity” theme, it is clear in the full context of those faiths’ sacred writings that this reciprocity is limited to those who are fellow members of that faith group, and excludes those who are not.  In other words, many of these faiths teach only limited reciprocity; and any thought that there is a wider, ecumenical sense to these sayings is to take these texts out of the wider context of the faith’s traditions.

Even the Talmud is guilty of this.  In the Mishnah b. Qamma 4:3 it is written:

” An ox belonging to an Israelite which gored an ox belonging to a Gentile – the Israelite owner is exempt.  And one of a gentile which gored one of an Israelite – whether it is harmless or an attested danger, the Gentile owner pays full damages.”
(Neusner, Jacob: The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary. Peabody, MA : Hendrickson Publishers, 2011, S. 13:571)

This is hardly interfaith reciprocity.

Furthermore, in reference to the Christian faith, this “Golden Rule” as expressed by Yeshua is by no means an “Ethic of Reciprocity.”  Reciprocity, by definition, means a balanced interchange, such as, “I scratch your back, and you scratch mine.”   But Yeshua said:

“I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
(Luke 6:27-36)

I’ve got news for you.  This is not an ethic of reciprocity.  The commandment of God is not to reciprocate, but to love unconditionally – even our enemies.

This makes sense in light of a correct understanding of God’s relationship to humankind.

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)  As God loves us and is gracious to us who are in rebellion to Him and therefore His enemies, so we must do the same.  As followers of Yeshua, we are to act kindly, with no respect to person and regardless of response.

That is the true “Golden Rule,” and only the biblical faith as exemplified by Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) expresses this truly.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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God on Earth and a Divine Messiah

January 16th, 2012

There are plenty of times in the Bible when we see God in palpable form.  Now, this confuses a lot of people, especially Jewish people.

It is stated in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) that, “man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20)  The rabbis are always quick to bring this up when arguing against the idea that Yeshua (Jesus) was God come in the form of man.

Yet there are many times when God is clearly visible, as is evidenced by the list below.  How can this be?  The rabbis would tell you that these examples are not God but angels, but that is denying the plain sense of Scriptures.

If we consider that Exodus 33:20 refers to God the Father, and that it is God the Son who is visible, the puzzle is solved.  It is for this reason that the Gospel writer John can say, “no one has ever seen God [the Father]; the only God [the Son], who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”

This Second Person of the Triune Godhead is often called the Angel of the Lord in the Tanakh.  He is different from all other angels because he speaks as the Lord and also accepts worship.  It is, therefore, certain that the Angel of the Lord is the Lord Himself – God the Son come in physical form.

Here is a list of times when we see God the Son physically present in the Tanakh:

Genesis 3:8; 15:17; 16:7-13; 18; 19:24; 32:24-30.
Exodus 3:1-15; 14:19-24; 19:9-11, 18; 24:12-17; 25:21-22; 40:34-38.
Leviticus 16:2.
Numbers 22:21-35, 38.
Joshua 5:13-6:2.
Judges 2:1-5; 6:11-23; 13:2-3, 13-14, 16-22.
2 Chronicles 7:1-2 (cf. 2 Chronicles 6:18).

This is not comprehensive, but should be sufficient to indicate that God has come in physical form, human and otherwise, and has been “seen.”  Yeshua  was the greatest example of God’s physical presence among us – an appearance promised by Moses and the Prophets.

The Lord has come to bring Salvation to those who believe.  Contact us here at New Covenant Forum to better understand what faith in Him means.

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Some Words and Thoughts

January 9th, 2012

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25)

Inherent in these closing words of the letter of Jude to fellow believers in Yeshua (Jesus), is an understanding that is foreign to most people.  Many religions are about man improving himself and attaining to God, but only the biblical faith understands that to attain to God is not possible through human effort.  It is God who deigns to reach down to humanity and to bring out of it a redeemed people for Himself.

That was the purpose of Yeshua – God coming in human form to be the redeemer of those who God makes faithful.  This is why the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) speaks of God being our salvation.

This, I believe, is where the Judaism of the rabbis falls short – it misses this vital point.  We cannot earn our way into God’s good grace.  No amount of mitzvoth (deeds fulfilling the commandments) no quantity of tzedakah (charity) will suffice, for you will still be separated by your sins (Isaiah 59:2; 64:6).

What brings us into God’s good grace is God’s grace.  He freely paid the price by sending Yeshua, God in the flesh, to die for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 5:8).  When we come to faith in Him, we have His Righteousness credited to us.

This is the way of salvation in the Scriptures, both the Tanakh and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament).  This is the way to have a share in the Kingdom of God – the Olam Habah – and to have eternal life with Him.

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Setting the Standard

December 15th, 2011

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:19

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Proverbs 14:12; 16:25

“Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon,’ for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city become a desolation?”
Jeremiah 27:16-17

God’s Standard Ignored

In the last passage, Jeremiah is warning the people of Jerusalem to surrender to the Babylonians. They refused, thinking that God would never allow Jerusalem and the Temple to fall into the hands of the Gentiles.  They had plenty of men who called themselves prophets, telling them so.

But God warned them, through Jeremiah and other true prophets, that this would not be. God had set them a standard of behaviour and they had disobeyed.  Now God was fulfilling his promise to spew out the Israelites from the Land.

The Lord sets the standard and he ensures the consequences when we do not live up to His standard.

God’s Standard for Atonement

Today, however, many people who can’t even live up to their own standards refuse to consider the standard of God.  Is it any wonder then that the world has so many problems?

The biggest issue is: what is God’s standard for eternal life with Him?  How do we meet this standard?

It was first expressed by God in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Scriptures).  Speaking of the sacrifices at the Temple God says,

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.”
Leviticus 17:11

God commanded the shedding of blood in order for sins to be covered.  That is why, when the repentant Israelite brought his sacrifice to the Temple, he laid his hands upon the animal before slaughtering it (e.g. Leviticus 4:29); as much as if to say, “may my sins be laid upon this animal.”

So God introduced the principle of substitutionary sacrifice.  This is part of his standard of behaviour for attaining eternal life. There is no way of getting around it – God makes it very clear throughout the Scriptures.  (For more, click here.)

Eternal Life: God’s Promised Standard

God says more in the Tanakh.  Isaiah speaks of a righteous servant who would be, “wounded for our transgressions,” and, “crushed for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5)” Isaiah goes on to say,

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth … he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people …it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of  the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
Isaiah 53:7,8, 10 (italics mine).

God, through the prophet Jeremiah, spoke of a day when,

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Eternal Life: The Promise Kept

Yeshua (Jesus) laid down his life so that we have forgiveness of our sins – our transgressions against God.  Thus, Yeshua is the standard by which we have eternal life with the Lord our God.  He is the fulfillment of Isaiah 53, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and many other prophetic Scripture concerning our Messiah (Saviour).

  • Yeshua himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)”
  • Yeshua’s disciple, Peter, speaking of Yeshua said, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)”
  • His disciple Paul wrote, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe  in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)”

They said these things because they recognized what the Tanakh had predicted: that Yeshua was the atoning substitutionary sacrifice that God promised and that would allow our sins to be forgiven.

By what standard are you living?  Upon what standard are you basing your life?  Why not check out God’s standard.  Contact us and let us show you why we firmly believe that Yeshua is the way to eternal life with God.  You have little to lose and much to gain by doing so.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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