I get a lot of comments from people: “What is that?”, “Are you Jewish?”, “What do Messianics believe?”, and many colorful (and some not quite as kind) variations on a theme. So, since I’ve decided to get a blog space to share what I believe someplace besides Facebook, I figured I would go ahead and explain just what it is that Messianics are and what Messianics believe. I will also explain what a Messianic is and is NOT, and what they do and don’t claim to be. Now, this will be just a brief overview. Many of the things that I touch on today will be dealt with in detail in later posts. So, if your questions aren’t answered today, stick around. It won’t be long before I answer in detail.
– Messianics are both Jew and Gentile. Although blood by nature separates us, we consider ourselves one due to the blood atonement of Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross of Calvary. This is best evidenced in Romans 11. We are “grafted in” to the old Covenant, and by the blood of Yeshua we are as much a part of the Commonwealth of Israel as one who was born in the land. We are not, at least the Gentiles amongst, so arrogant as to claim Jewish blood from a natural standpoint. However, from a spiritual standpoint we are indeed as entitled to the promises of the Covenant as if we were.
– We believe that the Bible is symbiotic in nature, neither Testament standing on it’s own. The Old Testament looks forward to the New for completion. The New Testament looks to the Old Testament for the natural examples of how our spiritual walk is to be conducted (I Corinthians 15:46, Romans 1:20). Both are complete truth, and given the difference between physical and spiritual things, all tenets of both are to be followed. I do realize that this statement leaves a LOT of open territory to explore, and I do indeed intend on exploring it all and posting here very soon.
– As we believe, by Scripture, that we are indeed full members of the Commonwealth of Israel; we choose to follow the Law of Moses as it so applies to us today (I Corinthians 15:46, Matthew 5:18). That means we follow Kashrut, or the dietary laws, AS THEY ARE FOUND IN TORAH (or the Bible). We choose to celebrate the Feast Days and Festivals, as they are found in Scripture. We choose to cover our heads, wear Tzitzit (Deuteronomy 22:12) as men, read the Shema, and hold the Shabbat on its prescribed day, as Torah demands. We don’t necessarily follow Talmud, as we consider this man-made laws and tradition that is NOT found in Torah, but if it helps us follow Torah better, we do it. Strictly the Law of Moses, as it applies today. Obviously, we don’t sacrifice bulls and goats, as Christ is our sacrifice (Hebrews 10:21). But we follow the Law by appropriating the sacrifices to our lives via repentance, praise, worship, prayer, and intercession (I Peter 2:5). We observe the Feasts and Festivals, because Christ fulfilled them all and is the fulfillment of them all (very interesting topic in itself with more to come for sure). Neither do we judge critically, nor expect to be judged critically by, the mainstream Church for doing so, either (Colossians 2:16).
So, I hope this clarifies what I mean when I say Messianic. Looking forward to discussing with all of you out there and exploring these topics further with you.