This High Holiday season, Messianic Jews should not be surprised to find that the theology of repentance in the Siddur and in rabbinic literature follows similar lines to what Yeshua and the apostles had already said. The apostolic message flows from the Hebrew Bible as does the rabbinic tradition. It is to be expected that these two streams would have much in common.
Some may be surprised by the strong note of repentance required in the New Testament. Others may be surprised by the radical forgiveness offered by God. The Bible upholds the notion of repentance and good deeds on the one hand and the insufficiency of our deeds and the need for mercy on the other.
Perhaps most surprising to some will be Paul