Sunday, March 11, 2018
Book of Hebrews
Someone recently told me that after much research, they’ve determined that the book of Hebrews is a rejection of Judaism but how could that be??
Would Adonai reject His own? Judaism, as I understand it, is the beliefs and practices given by God and recorded in Torah.
“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’[a]
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one![b] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:1-9
God has always loved the Jewish people, hence Judaism and will continue to do so. There is no getting around that. How can we say that Hebrews is a rejection of Judaism? The entire Bible is His Word to ALL who love Him and will keep His commandments.
The Jewish people are waiting for the coming Mashiach. They still do not believe that Yeshua ben Josef is the Mashiach…after all how can a carpenter’s son be their expected King? Can anything good come out of Nazareth? John 1:46
So the Jewish people are waiting for Yeshua ben David…the Kingly Mashiach that will come as described in the book of Revelation. As the book of Hebrews addresses First Century Jewish believers in Yeshua, they are being urged not to return to Judaism, a faith being practiced without Yeshua. The Jewish people who had become believers in Yeshua were being ostracized and persecuted for leaving their Jewish faith (Judaism) to follow One, Who to them, was not the expected Mashiach. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Hebrews 13:13. They were undergoing trials and persecution; some were following strange teachings and had stopped meeting with other believers in Yeshua to worship. To return to their original form of Judaism would mean that they had abandoned the work done by Yeshua which now allowed them direct access to God the Father.
I believe the point of the book of Hebrews is to encourage those who now believe in Yeshua not to go back to a form of Judaism without Yeshua. This is a form of Judaism that, though the people love God, they will not be with the Him because they cannot enter His presence and live forever with Him, if they don’t receive His Son, Yeshua. The Word (Bible) tells us, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6.
I, personally, believe more than anything that Hebrews is encouraging the people to embrace all of God and Who He is. To not embrace Yeshua but return to a form of Judaism is not the way to go. He is encouraging them to persevere though there are obstacles because in the end a Sabbath-rest with Yeshua is coming…stay focused on the One Who can bring deliverance.