Mending the Tear
By Leta Van Brussel
To this day Jewish people practice circumcision and see Israel as G-D’s promised land according
to His covenant with Abraham. The Mosaic covenant did not cancel that covenant. It added to it more of G-D’s commandments and promises to us.
The new covenant from Yeshua did not cancel those two covenants. He added to them His redemption of us from our sins. He did not cancel the ten commandments, the Sabbath (7th day) or any of the festivals.
Matthew 5:17-19 (TLV)
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Shortly after the death and resurrection of Yeshua, G-D’s religion of his covenants (commandments and promises to us) was torn into halves by the Roman Empire’s persecution of Yeshua followers and the dispersion of the Jews. As more and more of the nations began to follow Yeshua’s teaching, they began to deny the Jewish roots of their new religion, and along with that, the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, saying Yeshua did away with them in His new covenant of redemption. And the Jews who wanted to follow Yeshua were told they had to abandon Abraham and Moses!
Instead of one religion of all of G-D’s teachings, we now have two religions - each following one half of G-D’s teachings! How can we mend this tear? How can we put them back together as “one,” as G-D had originally intended in His promises to us? That is what Messianic Judaism is trying to do.
As Messianic Jews we celebrated Pentecost (Shavuot in Hebrew) on the same day, June 9, as Christians celebrated it this year. We had an evening service Saturday after sunset (Erev - eve of - Shavuot), and then Shavuot service Sunday morning. We celebrated the Torah being given to Israel by the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh in Hebrew) at Mt. Sinai, and also the Ruach HaKodesh coming upon the disciples of Yeshua at the temple after his death and resurrection as the Torah was placed in their hearts (Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8). A double celebration!
We also celebrated Passover this year at Christian Resurrection Season. During our Seder meal we celebrated G-D redeeming the Israelites from slavery in Egypt through Moses, and also Yeshua redeeming us from sin by His sacrificial death on the cross. Two celebrations again! Old and New Testament - one Bible. Messianic Judaism is “like a sewing thread” putting the two halves of the Bible back together “to be one.”
We follow all of G-D’s commandments, the ones given by G-D to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and we follow the example of Yeshua as to how we are to live our lives. One religion - Jews and Christians united as G-D had intended.
When the tear is mended, healing and blessings will come to G-D’s people through following all of His laws, and we will partake of His promises.