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Evangelical influence in the Jewish world

Jayson Casper has presents his view about Israel on his blog and looks at certain Messianic Jews and wonders how evangelicals should identify with the issues Israel faces.

Jamie Cowen, an Israeli lawyer and a believer in Jesus says:

“going through Messianic Jews is best.”

This brings Casper to think the complexity of Israel divides even Messianic Jews in attitude toward Palestine, as illustrated by debate this year over an interview provocatively summarized as supporting ethnic cleansing. He looks at Paul Liberman, executive director of the Alliance for Israel Advocacy (AIA), who told The Intercept:

“The only rights the Palestinians have are squatter’s rights.”{How Palestine Divides Messianic Jews}

Liberman described how the lobbying arm of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) was pushing for a shift of US funding from UN–administered Palestinian aid ($364 million in 2017) to an Israeli-led effort offering money to relocate from the West Bank. The goal: eventual annexation of the territory in a one-state solution with fewer Palestinian citizens, maintaining Israel as a Jewish state.

First adopted by the MJAA in 2015, the idea reverberated within Messianic Jewish circles once TheIntercept highlighted efforts to harness evangelical influence in Congress and the White House.

“It is not a removal. It is an opportunity for a much better life,”

said Joel Chernoff, CEO of the MJAA.

“But the demographic issue is real.”

In “GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews” Jayson wrote

The Messianic movement, which emerged in its modern form in the 1970s, incorporates Jewish symbols and practices — including referring to Jesus by his Hebrew name, Yeshua — but is widely seen as a form of Christianity. All major Jewish denominations reject it, and Israel considers Messianic Jews to be converts to another faith.

Messianic Jews in Israel push back against the accusations. {GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews}

People should also know that it is not by keeping to the Sabbath or by calling Jesus Yeshua that one becomes a Messianic Jew. For the ‘classic’ Jews it is also incomprehensible that a Jew would have faith in a three-headed god. For them there is only One True God,, Elohei HaEmes, the God of Israel Who is an Eternal Spirit no man can see. Many Jewish denominations do not know or do not (want) to see the difference between Messianics who do not believe in the Trinity and others who adhere the Trinity.

Lisa Loden, co-chair of the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine as a peace builder and faith leader within the Messianic Jewish community works to promote reconciliation between the Israeli Messianic Jewish and Palestinian Christian communities, and a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As an expression of her faith and passion, she immigrated to Israel in 1974 and co-founded a Messianic congregation Beit Asaph in Netanya, Israel. Since then, Lisa has been involved with several ecumenical organizations and initiatives. She finds that by passing the 2018 Nation State law as a Basic Law of Israel, the foundations of democracy were undermined. In 2018 she wrote

What is not stated in the law is in some ways more disturbing than what is stated. Minority rights are not mentioned; leaving opening for non-implementation of equal rights for all citizens of which there are over 2 million non-Jews who are Israeli citizens. This law gives priority to Jewishness in terms of both religion and ethnicity. According to this law, Judaism determines national holidays and influences curriculum for education. Jewish ethnicity determines status and certain civil rights. Regarding Messianic Jews, who are a much smaller minority than the Arab population, the already difficult situation with immigration is likely to become even more problematic. {Another view of Israel’s Nation State Law}

For her

To be part of the people of Israel is to be involved in a divine/human struggle.

and

The history of God’s interactions with Israel is one of ongoing struggle. Israel has yet to fully submit to her God who, in his sovereignty, has chosen not to overwhelm this people

but continues in a struggle with them from Peniel until today. The element of struggle is inherent in and integral to the identity of the Jewish people. Only as individual Jews willingly submit to God does that struggle resolve for them. The people, Am Israel, continue to be engaged in the struggle.
One would expect that all those who are part of Am Israel share a common spiritual history and according to her:
Thus, for the Jew who, in Yeshua, has experienced the resolution of his struggle with the God of Israel, his identity issues assume a new configuration. His personal struggle has ceased; but the communal struggle of his people, Am Israel, continues.

In chapter 31, Jeremiah uses all three of these terms goi (nation), am (people) and zera (seed or offspring) in the passage on the New Covenant. (Jeremiah 31:31-37). With even a slight knowledge of the Hebrew
language, it becomes apparent that the subject of the prophecy is Israel – the nation, the people and the biological descendants of Israel. The New Covenant has many elements from previous covenants made between God and Israel. The newness of the New Covenant is that it is an unconditional divine promise to
Israel, establishing God’s relationship to Israel on a new basis as a covenant of pure grace.
The people are merely the recipients of this covenant that was later activated through the death of Israel’s Messiah.
Israel’s role was, and continues to be, to accept the covenant that God freely gives. Though we may not forget that the Elohim Who gave the Covenant is a Singular Spirit Being and that the intermediate was a man of flesh and bones who was seen by many. Several Jews recognised Jeshua (or Yeshua if you prefer the old spelling) as the promised one from God, spoken about already in Gan Eden.

Throughout history there has been a remnant of individual Jews who have accepted the covenant. The devout Jew Saul or Paul also got other Jews and non-Jews to come to see who Jeshua really was and what he did for the Jewish people, but also for the rest of the world. By their acceptance of Jeshua as their Messiah, all those came to join the believing remnant of Israel.By accepting Jeshua and his function as mediator between God and man, their faith in the New Covenant, does not have to mean they are no part of the Jewish community, but indicates more that they are just part of the continued struggle and that as Bnei Jeshua that are really part of Bnei Yisroel.

Being part of Am Israel is predicated on the covenantal relationship between God and the people. The New Covenant remains the primary province of Am Israel. The covenant is not a distant, abstract concept. Rather it is a practical guideline for the working out of relationship.But to have a good relationship there has to be the right attitude to the right God and acceptance and honour to the right persons. Worship of a threeheaded God is something which can not be part of Children of God and as such no part of Judaism.

We may not overlook the importance the Elohim gave to Israel’s identity. It was mandated and brought into being by God himself. To be a part of Am Israel can only be fully understood in the outworking of the relationship between God and Israel. The relationship is described by the family paradigms of father to child and husband to wife.(Jer. 3:14)These two relationship schemes express the dualnature of what it means to be Am Israel. Linguistically, “Am” is related to the word meaning “with.” To be Am Israel includes the sense of being together, with one another and communally together with God.

To be with God one has to be in accordance with Him, with His Will and with His wishes. Scriptures indicate God is a jealous God and as such does not want other gods honoured or worshipped next to Him. Jeshua might be His beloved son, But to him may not have been given the same honour as to the Highest Elohim. Jeshua may receive a high place but he always shall be seated next to God, never taking in His place.

A person who wants to be part of Am Israel can not have other Gods before him than the Only One True God of Israel, who is One. In Judaism or in Jeshuaism there is no place for Trinitarism.

Lisa Loden says

“The average Jewish Israeli does not distinguish between Jews who believe in Jesus and Christians.”

It is a pity that the Jews do not want to see the difference between the Jews who accept Jeshua as their Messiah but do not take him as their god and the ones who have fallen into the trap of evangelical missionaries and accepted their trinity.

Jayson Casper wrote in 2020:

Many Messianic Jews, however, are rejoicing at the opportunity to demonstrate their sincerity (of still belonging to the Jewish community) to their fellow Israeli citizens. Shelanu has stated 70 percent of its content will be locally produced. {GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews}

The Israeli Messianic TV channel that has started to broadcast on Israeli cable TV in Hebrew shall not want to speak about the other Messianic Jews who do not adhere to the Trinity.

The Messianic channel, Shelanu, has a seven-year contract with the Israeli cable company Hot. Shelanu passed all inspections of the Israel Cable and Satellite Bureau, which is an independent institution with authority to confirm or deny channels. According to Arutz Sheva, Amsalem turned to the head of the bureau, Asher Biton, asking him to investigate how this could happen.

“No channel can operate against its license – if this channel indeed is a missionary channel it will be removed immediately,”

“Our rules are that religious content is allowed, but we don’t allow content that has the potential of influencing the viewers unfairly, especially programs for young people,”

The anti-missionary organization Yad l’Achim in 2020, posted a Facebook post praising Amsalem’s statement.

“We have followed the missionaries’ intentions to open a cable channel in Israel for three months, and we have gathered evidence that it is indeed a channel that will try to convert Jews to Christianity. We have presented our evidence to everyone involved,”

the organization said.

The Israel Cable and Satellite Bureau disagreed.

“We have always allowed a pluralism in what we allow to be aired, and we allow religious content of all religions, as part of freedom of speech and freedom of religion,”

it said in a statement.

“If the show was produced by a US or European Christian organization, the argument is very strong that the aim is conversion,”

said Jaime Cowen, an Israeli lawyer and former president of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations.

“The reality is that Jews believe all kinds of different things and are subject to all kinds of programming that pushes various views.

“This is a huge open door—as long as the government doesn’t shut it down.”

Regardless of the new channel’s fate, Sered at Jews for Jesus hopes any legal ruling won’t have implications for Hebrew-language gospel content online.

“The internet has brought a lot of Israelis to view and be challenged by the message of Yeshua.”

Please read further about Christian broadcaster’s expansion into Hebrew cable channel may be short-lived, but raises profile of followers of Yeshua:

GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews

GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews
Ron Cantor, CEO of Tikkun International and a Shelanu board member, hosts the Out of Zion program on GOD TV and Shelanu TV.
Shelanu says it produces original content in Hebrew with native-born Israeli Messianic Jews.
Shelanu says it produces original content in Hebrew with native-born Israeli Messianic Jews.

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Preceding

Who is a Jew?

What’s a Hebrew?

This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #5

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Additional reading

  1. GOD TV Dispute Has Israel Talking About Messianic Jews
  2. An American Embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem
  3. Judeo-Christian Politics… in Israel?
  4. Just a Bill: Religious Freedom Consensus Rarely Voted into Law

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