The Weekend Word

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19 Responses

  1. Paige says:

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige!

  3. Nonnie says:

    “Sometimes it seems like Gentiles, especially in this country, have an inferiority complex when it comes to the Jews.
    We try to mimic their customs and liturgies and act as if they are more privileged in the family of God. This is not so”

    I know some Christians who would take issue with this. 😀

    “Belonging to the family is only possible through faith in Christ and if you are in Christ you are a child of Abraham.”
    AMEN!

  4. Michael says:

    Nonnie,

    I’m waiting for the pushback… 🙂

  5. Em says:

    well taught, Michael – simple, logical, dogmatic aaand factual – reasonable and uncontrived – pure … IMNSHO 🙂

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em…I’m just trying to keep the good news good. 🙂

  7. Linnea says:

    Very well-said, Michael, thank you!….We don’t need to mimic Jewish customs to feel part of the fold, but sometimes celebrating a Seder now and again helps us to identify with the roots of our Savior.

  8. Linda says:

    I agree that it is Ok to celebrate a Jewish holiday for historical reasons, but not as a necessity for salvation. We are all saved through faith in Jesus – whether we are Jew or Gentile!

  9. Personally I think the purpose of the Passover has come to an end with the coming of the true Lamb of God slain before mankind, and the only people who continue to observe it are those who totally reject Jesus Christ as Messiah – I have trouble understanding why a Christian, especially one who comes from the Gentile branch would join in such a dead activity.

    But hey, that’s just me. 🙂

  10. Linnea says:

    Yup, that’s just you, MLD 🙂

  11. Xenia says:

    Well, Christians have always imitated Jewish worship because the earliest forms of Christian worship are patterned on Jewish synagogue worship which was very adaptable to Christian worship, just add NT readings and the Eucharist. If you compare a traditional synagogue order of worship with an EO or traditional RC order of worship, they are very similar.

    I have a chart around here somewhere….

  12. Em says:

    hmmm… if i were a Jew today and raised observing Passover as a Jew & kinda, sorta waiting for Messiah (we used to hear that every Jewish mother wondered if her first-born son could be Him 🙂 ) if i were said Jew and i came to the wonderful realization that Jesus was The Christ – Immanuel – would i want to continue with my Jewish traditions as a memorial or some such? dunno…

  13. Ps40 says:

    I agree that our relationship to the nation of Israel is in a state of confusion in modern evangelicalism. Thinking somehow that being more “Jewish” makes us more spiritual. While I’m not advocating this simplistic approach, I think it would water down our own faith experience if we discontinue our attempts to become more familiar with Judaism as a whole. Reason being—this IS the context–the decoder ring of sorts–that enables us to understand what Jesus was saying. We do not have an “eastern” lens–ours is a western one. Without taking this into consideration–we project our western reality onto the words of Christ–which becomes a distortion–a self-centered distortion.
    An in depth study of the minor and major prophets, for example, can give us HUGE insight into the teachings of Jesus! In fact, it transforms our modern view from a monochromatic outlined coloring book to a multi-colored hologram!!! One cannot really “get” the Gospels/NT without being familiar with the OT. And the OT is the narrative of God’s involvement –intervention for humanity–using the nation of Israel as a focal point–a context. Isn’t the story of these people still the best commentary on our NT faith? He chose that context for the Incarnated Christ to be set in. So those folks are significant whether we like it or not. So if we discard them, their cultural context, in the name of being Abraham’s latest true children–aren’t we in real danger of missing the unfamiliar parts of our westernized faith–parts that could enrich us in the end?
    Perhaps?
    I think we need to do a better job at asking ourselves “WHY?” we do the things we do–not just “Should we?” do the things we do. When it comes to our relationship to the Jewish people.
    It always boils down to balance. IMO

  14. Muff Potter says:

    Ps40 @ # 13

    Much agreement here but I would take it a tad further and say that if celebrating with a Passover Seder or not celebrating floats your boat, by all means do (or not do) the dictates of your conscience. Who is anybody to say that you’re wrong (or right)?

  15. Ps40 says:

    @#14
    And I would push just a tittle bit more and say, the Passover meal, and the participation in it, can enrich my soteriology, my theology, my community, my Biblical understanding in a way that going to a traditional evangelical Bible study cannot. There is something to be said for the way the Jewish people “lived out” their covenant relationship in the physical realm–tactile and in the flesh, whereas, we tend to spiritualize everything and dismiss the physical entirely.
    But should we make this a “should”–?? I agree with you Muff Potter that we should not 🙂 It’s the Spirits applications that enrich our faith walk–not the law that can only point to it.

  16. Ps40 says:

    I guess I am yearning for a more sacramental exhibition of my faith—one that inscribes it in my everyday activities–lest I forget and become distracted–which is the way it is more often than not.

  17. Jim says:

    “Be who you are…a blessed and beloved child of the King through faith in Christ.”

    !

  18. Em says:

    #17 … Jim (& Michael) amen – exclamation point

  19. Papias says:

    What a good word – “Be who you are.”

    On the subject of Jewish(ness), we are grafted in…. Romans 11

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