Today I have four more questions which in turn all revolve around one central concern:
“With respect to the wider Jewish community, who should we Messianic Jews consider ourselves to be?”
- Should Jewish believers in Yeshua see ourselves as members of that faithful remnant drawn from out of Israel?
- Should we see ourselves to be the new Israel, as part of that new Israel which is the Church?
- Should we see ourselves to be the prior Israel, viewing ourselves to be more “bibilical” and less “rabbinic” and therefore having a greater claim on authenticity and and on the love of God than that people Israel which has existed for millennia and which exists now, but which somehow departed from the truth when Yeshua came.
- Should we see ourselves to be part of the faithful Yeshua\believing remnant within the people Israel?
These are crucial questions, because the answer we choose, and the ones we reject, have substantial implications for how we live our lives and understand our calling.
Think about this for a day or so, and then I will be back with some reflections on these important questions.