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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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Hanukkah with Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)

These words were spoken by Yeshua (Jesus) in the Temple in Jerusalem during the Feast of Dedication – what we call Hanukkah.  Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  It is also the day when our American friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving.

Both of these holidays are intended to be centered around family festivities – the family coming together to celebrate God’s provision.  At Thanksgiving we celebrate God’s providing us not only with food and shelter as he did our early forebears who came to dwell here, but also to celebrate the land of freedom for which both the U.S. and Canada are renowned; freedom of conscience, of religion, of expression and many other freedoms.  At Hanukkah, we celebrate God’s victory for his people Israel over the Syrian Greeks, and his provision in enabling the people to rededicate themselves to Him.

Yeshua, in the passage above, reminds us of God’s dedication to us, especially as we dedicate ourselves to Him.  We are his sheep, and we are called on to listen to Him.  Yeshua was our Messiah, God come in human form to provide the means for eternal life He promised us through the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34), and so we are called on to follow Him.

To not believe in God, is to celebrate Thanksgiving meaninglessly.  It is as foolish as talking on the phone when no one is on the other end.  We may celebrate all the trappings, but the reason for our joy is gone and the holiday serves no true purpose.

To not believe in Yeshua, is to celebrate Hanukkah meaninglessly.  Because, though God is dedicated to us, he only provides the reason for our joy through our dedication to Him – and that is by faith in the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua.  We may celebrate with all the trappings, but the holiday serves no true purpose.

This year, let us all celebrate Hanukkah with thanksgiving for the joy of eternal life vouchsafed by God through our faith in Messiah Yeshua.

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Flesh and Blood Yeshua (Jesus)

October 24th, 2013

“This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:50-51)

This is one of the verses that rabbis love to tout to demonstrate the terrible nature of Christian thought, as if Christianity were promoting cannibalism.  Indeed, Yeshua (Jesus) is responding here to the offense his Jewish listeners took when he spoke of this a few verses earlier (see John 6:.25-59 for the whole story).

But to take offense, is to lack understanding of the fact that Yeshua is speaking of spiritual things, not literal things.  The same confusion occurs in the 3rd chapter of John, when a Jewish priest by the name of Nicodemus is told that to see the kingdom of God he must be born again.  Nicodemus takes him literally, and asks how a man is to re-enter his mother’s womb to be reborn.  He doesn’t get that Yeshua is talking of a spiritual regeneration – reborn in his relationship with God (see John 3:1-21).

In chapter 4 we see the same thing, this time when Yeshua is speaking to a Samaritan woman.  He promises her living water that would permanently quench her thirst and she asks him for it assuming it was a physical thing – like Yeshua was some sort of snake-oil salesman.  But Yeshua was talking spiritually; that in having a right relationship with God through him, we can have eternal life.

And in our passage above, Yeshua is speaking spiritually once again.  It was, after all, his finger at Mount Sinai that put the law on the tablets of stone (Exodus 31:18); and it is by Yeshua’s finger again that, in the New Covenant promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah, the same law is written in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-34).  So when he speaks of partaking of his flesh and blood, he is talking about our partaking spiritually in his act of sacrifice on the cross that would bring atonement for our sins and enable us to enter into that New Covenant.

Many turned away because they misunderstood Yeshua.  Many turn away today for the same reason.  Don’t misunderstand the Word of God.  It is a spiritual book seeking to give you life eternal.

If you would like to know more about what Jesus truly taught, feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to send you a copy of the B’rit Hadashah (New Covenant or New Testament) to read, and we are always ready to help you to understand it.

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

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Yom Kippur Opportunity

September 13th, 2013

This evening is Yom Kippur.  What an opportune time for us to draw near to God and let His Spirit move in our hearts!

We tend to be so slow in recognizing our indebtedness to our Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe (melech ha-olam – king of the universe); slow in humbling ourselves before Him and confessing our sins and seeking forgiveness.  This is the one time of year in the Jewish calendar when we are more aware of this need in our lives.

In fact, this self-examination is prescribed for us both biblically and traditionally.  Moses described the Day of Atonement in Leviticus chapters 16 and 23. The high priest represented the people to God.  He alone could enter the holiest place in the tabernacle, and only once a year.  Even then he had to first offer a perfect animal sacrifice for his own sin, and then he and his priests offered sacrifices for the people, so their sins would be ‘covered’.  Since the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in the first century, we have replaced these animal sacrifices with our mitzvot, our good deeds.

In contrast, when our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) came, He replaced these repetitive animal sacrifices by the costly sacrifice of Himself.  He knew that when the Temple was destroyed we would have no need to re-institute the animal sacrifices. The new covenant that God promised for us so long ago through His prophet Jeremiah came into effect (Jeremiah 31:31-34).  He set aside the first covenant so He could establish the second (Hebrews 10:9)

Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the world, is the only One who could take our place and be sacrificed for us, since He alone was without sin.  Now His is the only acceptable sacrifice to God which allows us to enter His holy Presence.

The Bible is an accurate record of the history of our people and of God’s intervention in our lives.  He loves us so much that He gave His only Son so that we can come to Him and find joy in His Presence now and forever.

If you find this teaching questionable, or confusing, or interesting enough to pursue, why not contact Daniel or Alan at  They’d be happy to discuss it with you and answer your questions.

Contributed by Cynthia Sugar, a Jewish believer in Jesus.

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It’s the High Holidays!

September 11th, 2013

It’s the High Holidays!  It’s a time for spiritual awakening; a call to repentance as we prepare for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  We are to recognize our transgressions against God; we are to turn away from doing them and turn towards God.

So before Yom Kippur we ramp up our good activities and try to reduce our bad ones.  On Yom Kippur we fast and pray.  In the end, we hope that our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds sufficiently to have our names written in the Book of Life, as if our actions could ever meet the standards of our holy, perfect God.  In the end, we have no assurance – we just hope and pray that our sacrifice is acceptable to God, all the time knowing deep inside that it can never be sufficient.

What if, however, our eternal life had nothing to do with our merit and everything to do with the Lord’s?  What if our relationship with God was based on just that – our relationship and not our deeds or lack of them?  What if it were our faith that determined our eternal destiny?

In the Tanakh (Old Testament) it is written, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Surely we already have the love of God, but we only inherit his kingdom if we are in right relationship with him by faith.  After all, we who are in God’s image love our children, even though they do wrong, but we long for them to be in right relationship with us.

For this reason, God came to be amongst us in human form (much like he did with Abraham in Genesis 18), and became a guilt offering for us (Isaiah 53:10).  This was Yeshua (Jesus) who died on the cross for our sins and who said,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
(John 3:16-17)

Yeshua has paid the price of sin eternally for us. We do not need to wonder, for we know that the sacrifice for our sin is complete. God has provided the way for you and me.

This Yom Kippur, as you contemplate your sinfulness before God, why not receive forgiveness the way God intended: through our Messiah Yeshua.  If you want to know more, please contact us.


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The Real Shammas of Hanukkah

December 14th, 2012

At Hanukkah, we light the nine-armed menorah called a Hanukkiah.  The middle candle, the one that lights all the others, is called the shammas – the leader.

We light the Hanukkiah because our sages tell us that when the Maccabees conquered the Syrian Greeks and wanted to reconsecrate the Temple, they could only find one vial of oil, enough to light the menorah for one day.  But when they used that vial, the light lasted eight days, just enough time to make more vials for use.

This great miracle of God is remembered as we light the Hanukkiah. It’s a wonderful, if not biblical story – and, who knows, it may very well have happened.  After all, though the book of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) was closed at the time and the Book of the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) was not yet begun, still God was then, as he still is, “in the miracle business.”

It is amazing to me, however, that the vast majority of the Jewish people will celebrate this apocryphal story, but cannot seem to recognize the even greater miracle of their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) – the greatest light that ever shone.

After all, Isaiah wrote of him:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
Isaiah 9:2 (see the whole of Isaiah 9:1-7)

Isaiah goes on to describe the coming of this light:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah continued to talk about his ministry, death and resurrection in Isaiah 53.  Jeremiah spoke of the New Covenant that he would inaugurate in Jeremiah 31:31-34.  Zechariah also talked of him, and promised a time when all Israel would one day recognize him before he comes again (Zechariah 12:10-13:1).

Such a miracle of light was promised, and God kept His promised and made His Messiah known and knowable through His Word.  Yet, tragically, the vast majority of the Jewish people do not recognize this most palpable of miracles.

Yet this miracle is knowable.  Let us send you the evidence of the Messiah’s coming.  Contact us, and let us help you to recognize him for who he really is: the real Shammas of Hanukkah and all other times; the true light of the world!

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The High Holidays are passed us now, but …

October 3rd, 2012

The High Holidays are passed us now, and we are now celebrating Sukkoth (The Feast of Booths).  But I came across this story about Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) written by Ehud Neeman in the September 21st, 2012 edition of the Israeli journal Makor Rishon.  It tells the story of Franz Rosenzweig, a Jew who almost “converted” to Christianity in the late 18th Century, but did not do so in the end.  Yom Kippur apparently played a big part in this decision.

Neeman relates that Rosenzweig saw something lacking in Judaism; something that he thought Christianity offered.  What he concluded, presumably because of the Yom Kippur tradition, was that Christianity needed a mediator, Jesus, while Judaism did not.  Thus we can see, says Neeman, “Yom Kippur’s unique quality of being able to return lost sons to their father in Heaven.”

Part of what Rosenzweig was looking for was a Judaism connected with history, which he saw in Christianity.  But after his Yom Kippur experience, Neeman asserts that Rosenzweig felt that this need for a mediator actually makes Judaism more connected than Christianity – how we are not told in the article.

I remember the first Yom Kippur service I attended after becoming a believer in Yeshua (Jesus).  I remember the sadness it gave me that my people were seeking atonement in a way unsanctioned by God and insufficient for its purpose.  I mourned for my people Israel who were led astray by a tradition that tore them away from their Messiah and their only true means of atonement.

So, what is the difference between Franz Rosenzweig and Daniel Muller when it come to this varied response to Yom Kippur?  Why should Yom Kippur lead one back to the rabbinic traditions and the other away?

I think Neeman offers the answer when he writes in his article:

 “Christianity needs a mediator – a conclusion he [Rosenzweig] reached when thinking of Jesus as the Son of God, the only one through whom man can reach God. Judaism, on the other hand, does not require a mediator – the God of history has called his people to himself and they are his, directly.”

This comment indicates a misunderstanding of both Judaism and Christianity.  Judaism, as handed down by the sages is a far cry from the biblical relationship described in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures). 

Since the time they came out of Egypt and met God on Mount Sinai, Israel’s relationship to God has been mediated. First there was the mediation of Moses, which they requested themselves (Exodus 20:19).  Later, mediation came by the priesthood as “the priest shall make atonement for him [the repentant transgressor] as touching his sin that he hath sinned, and he shall be forgiven. (Leviticus 4:35 Jewish Publication Society)” 

Mediation is part of the historical context of biblical Judaism.  In fact, the true mediation for atonement was the blood of the atoning sacrifice.  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life” (Leviticus 17:11 JPS).

A mediated atonement was essential to Jewish faith up until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., some forty years after Messiah Yeshua ministered here on earth.  But the Jewish people have grave misunderstandings of who Yeshua is, and therefore misunderstand Christianity. 

He is not, as some suggest, simply a man who is worshipped as a God – that is reprehensible for Christians today, as it would have been to the many Jewish believers of the 1st Century.  He also is not one of three Gods that Christians worship – we recognize the oneness of God found in the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4) just as do our Jewish counterparts.

No, Yeshua is God come in human form (as he did to Abraham in Genesis 18 and to Jacob in Genesis 32:24-32) to be the ultimate atonement for sins as promised in Isaiah 53:12.  The mediation of Yeshua, therefore is historically planted in the Judaism of the Tanakh.  It comes about as fulfillment of God’s promises and is borne out by his followers who recognized this historicity and even died to proclaim it. 

Does this not make more sense of why God would allow his temple to be destroyed?  It was no longer needed.  He has made a new Temple as He tabernacles within the hearts of His people, in fulfillment of His promise of a New Covenant that we find in Jeremiah 31:31-34; a New Covenant, by the way, that God promised to be unlike the one He made with Israel on Mount Sinai.

Rosenzweig (and Neeman) had it wrong!  Not only is Christianity grounded in history, it is grounded in the very promises of God historically given to the people of Israel.  The Judaism of the rabbis, sadly, has taken us away from our biblical faith and the precedents found there pointing to our Messiah, and they lead us to precedents and traditions made by man and set up to refute the Messiah of history, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).

Oh, if only Franz Rosenzweig would have taken the time to explore these things more closely.  Oh, if only he would have come to know Messiah Yeshua as I have – to experience His grace and His presence.  Then, I believe, the following Yom Kippur would have confirmed his faith in Yeshua, and made him feel blessed in the atonement to eternal life he found in Him.

May your name be firmly written in the Book of Life forever as you come to accept on your behalf the once-for-all atoning sacrifice, Yeshua HaMashiach.  He is our 24/7 Yom Kippur.

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

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Seeking Honestly is the Best Policy!

August 1st, 2012

“I love them that love me, and those that seek me earnestly shall find me.”
(Proverbs 8:17; Jewish Pulication Society)

I was walking along Queen Street in the midst of the packed crowd at the Beaches Jazz Festival.  Along with a colleague and some volunteers I was wearing a blue shirt that says, “Jesus Loves You,” in the midst of a Star of David. 

A woman passed by – looked at us – and said, “That’s disgusting!”

I am sure it was only meant as a pot shot, and she was taken aback when I turned to ask her, “Why?” 

She looked a little startled, but could only restate her objection, “That’s disgusting!”  I asked her why once more and she responded in the same manner.

Finally, I smiled and said, “You don’t know why, do you?”  She could make no response and turned away, with, “that’s disgusting,” still on her face.

This is not an uncommon interaction.  The truth is that most of my Jewish people, when confronted with the Gospel, respond negatively – not because they have knowledge of the Gospel (very few do) – but because they have been indoctrinated against the Gospel.  The reaction is a knee-jerk one, and not one that comes from an honest look at the facts, biblical or otherwise.

There is a social contract among the wider Jewish community that Jews cannot consider Yeshua (Jesus), that Yeshua is not for Jews, and that for a Jew to believe in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) is to turn one’s back on Judaism. 

There are all kinds of religious, social and historical reasons that can be discussed as to why this is the case, but they all boil down to one thing: the Jewish people do not give the Gospel message a fair shake.  When pressed for details, many Jews who claim to have looked into the Gospel and rejected it will have to admit that their search generally consisted of prejudiced rabbinic responses and, perhaps, a smattering of liberal “Christian” scholars that themselves do not believe in the Gospel as presented in Scriptures, but are acceptable to rabbinic sensibilities.  Such research can hardly be considered honest.

We here at New Covenant Forum want to help the Jewish people to take an honest look at the message of Yeshua as both Messiah (Saviour) and Adonai (Lord).  We simply have a message to pass on that we believe in with all our hearts, whether we are Jew or Gentile.  We wish for this message to be heard and considered honestly.

To my fellow Jews, I wish to say that – though I don’t agree with the rabbis – we do not ask you to ignore them.  We merely wish you to hear the message we believe we have from God and consider it in an unbiased and honest manner.  Listen to your rabbi, to be sure, but please also listen to us.  Pray and ask God to reveal to you His truth, and then be willing to believe and follow that truth, whatever it may be.

If you would like more information, you can check our website out or contact us.  We also have the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Covenant or Testament) that we would be happy to send you free of charge.

Honesty is the best policy – especially when it comes to seeking God.

“And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:13; Jewish Publication Society)

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

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The Biblical Faith

July 11th, 2012

I recently watched a documentary about an Amish man who had left his community a number of years back, and who wanted to help others who were coming out of the community.  This man spoke much about spirituality and the search for spirituality. 

At one point he investigated a Pentecostal Church who was reaching out to those in the Amish community and called it a different religion, as if Pentecostalism was predicated on different intrinsic tenets than other Christian faiths, like the Amish.

It was then that I began to wonder if this man actually understood the faith of Christianity.  Did he not know that the Church of Christ was composed of all those who believed and put their faith in Christ, making him both Saviour and Lord of their life.  People who do so, are Christians regardless of what church they go to.  People who do not, are not.

I used to say that faith in Yeshua (Jesus) was the biblical Jewish faith.  After some thought, I realize that this statement is not entirely accurate.  What I should simply say is that faith in Yeshua is the biblical faith.

That is why we can say there are believers in the Amish churches, the Pentecostal churches, the Catholic churches, the Baptist churches and so on.  It is also why there are many who sit in the pews of these same churches who are not Christians.  Christianity is not about spirituality or religion – it is about the biblical faith.

This is something Jewish people do not understand, either.  Most do not know their Scriptures well enough to recognize how biblical Yeshua is.  But the consistency between the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament or New Covenant) make a convincing argument.

To believe one must recognize one’s sinfulness.  All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) is consistent with Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 53:6 and Isaiah 64:6.

We must recognize that sin separates us from God.  We are told that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  This agrees with the Tanakh which tells us that our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Ezekiel 18:4).

Once we accept our own sinfulness, we must put our faith in the provision for atonement God has given us.  In the time before Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) that was through the sacrificial system (Leviticus 17:11).  Since then, it is through the Messiah that God had promised in the Tanakh (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Isaiah 53; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Zechariah 12:10; John 5:46-47, 7:14, Acts 4:11-12; Romans 6:23).

Faith in Jesus is the continuation of his plan for reconciliation between himself and humankind.  He has expressed that plan in the Tanakh and it finds its fruition in Messiah Yeshua.  Why not read the Tanakh and the B’rit Hadashah and check it out for yourself?  If you need a copy, contact us and we’d be happy to send you one.

That means that faith in Yeshua is for the Jew as well as the Gentile.  In fact, the B’rit Hadashah tells us that it is for the Jew first (Romans 1:16).  God’s call on the Jewish people was to behave according to his Word; in other words, to be biblical.  Faith in Yeshua is the biblical faith.

If you are Jewish and reading this, what will you do with Yeshua?  If you are reading this and you are not Jewish, the question is the same.

If you have any questions, contact us.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His Truth.

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


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Keeping Jews Jewish

April 25th, 2012

“Keeping Jews Jewish.”  That is the caption at the top of the Canadian website of the organization Jews for Judaism; an organization whose purpose is to prevent Jewish people from hearing the message that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel promised by Moses and the Prophets.

It is certainly a fine rhetorical statement.  It speaks into the hearts of Jewish people, who believe that Jewish identity is the greatest thing of value to the Jewish people, regardless of belief or practise or, in some cases, God.  Within the context of the website, it implies that Jewish identity is lost when one becomes a believer in Jesus.

When you come right down to it, however, rhetoric is all that this statement is.  It is a smoke and mirrors statement; a continued attempt to indoctrinate my Jewish people against the message of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).  It is, in essence, propaganda.

While believing in Jesus definitely puts one at odds with rabbinic Judaism, it by no means keeps one from being Jewish.  Any rabbinic scholar can tell you that.  The question is not an issue of being Jewish, but an issue of Judaism.  Is Rabbinic Judaism a correct form of faithful Jewish expression in light of God’s revelation?  It is our contention, borne out in the many articles found on this blog and website, that the answer is no.

Many Jews are caught up in belief systems contrary to a rabbinic perspective.  There are Jews who are atheists and humanists, as well as Jews who are Buddhists and New Agers.  But Jews for Judaism spares little, if any, time on them.  If Jewishness is part and parcel with rabbinic Judaism, then certainly they should be spending at least as much time on such “unbelieving” Jews as they do on those who believe in Jesus.  Certainly, within the Jewish community,  they are numerically a larger group than Hebrew Christians (for now).

I think it has quite rightly been said that Jews for Judaism should more rightly be named “Jews Against Christianity.” Better yet, “Jews Against Jews for Jesus.”  On the website’s homepage, there is a picture of me speaking with their director, Julius Ciss, captioned as a discussion with Jews for Jesus – a different organization altogether.  This is not by accident, but is one more piece of misinformation found on their site that shows that they either have no correct understanding of the Christian faith and practise or are deliberately misrepresenting it.

Perhaps groups like Jews for Judaism are combatting the truth, just as the prophets were combatting the truth in the days of Jeremiah and the other prophets of God?

Here is the crux of the problem for these organizations.  There are Jews that are thinking for themselves.  There are Jews who are seeking spiritual truths, which often lead them away from the rabbinic traditions of Judaism.  That there is truth in these matters is beyond question, but who has that truth?  Jews for Judaism and their ilk respond by telling Jewish people not to listen – not to consider – not to use their own judgment.

The message of New Covenant Forum (and Jews for Jesus and the rest) is different.  We want you to listen to us, and to your rabbis and to others.  We want you to then read the Word of God carefully, both the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) so that you can see how they work together to present a complete and consistent picture of Jesus as our Messiah.  We then ask you to pray to God and ask Him to show you His Truth.  Not our truth, or the rabbis’ truth, but His Truth.  We believe that if you ask God honestly, he will show you that Truth faithfully.

If Jesus is the Messiah promised by Moses and the Prophets, then there is nothing better a Jew can do than to believe in him.  If faith in Jesus, which is the Christian faith, is consistent with what God says in His Word, including the Tanakh, then there is nothing more Jewish than to enter into that faith.  That is what it means then to be a Jew.

New Covenant Forum is an organization who is interested in “Keeping Jews Jewish.”  Want to know more about the message of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ)?  Contact us.

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




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