The Worldwide Jewish Community–Where is it Going?

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Dr. Brown gives his perspective on what we can expect to see in the Jewish community worldwide, in the Messianic Jewish movement, and in the Church as a whole in terms of its connection to Israel and Jewish roots.

Hour 1:
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line:  The Jewish people will not be able to get away from Jesus, the Jew, the rabbi, and the most influential Jew who ever lived, the one who brought the knowledge of God to hundreds of millions of people around the world, who will ultimately restore His Jewish people to the one true God.
Hour 2:
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: It is good to restore the Jewish roots of the faith, as long as we realize that those Jewish roots point us to Jesus the King, the Messiah, and the Savior, not just Yeshua the Jew, but Yeshua, Lord of All.

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: The Jewish people will not be able to get away from Jesus, the Jew, the rabbi, and the most influential Jew who ever lived, the one who brought the knowledge of God to hundreds of millions of people around the world, who will ultimately restore His Jewish people to the one true God.

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: It is good to restore the Jewish roots of the faith, as long as we realize that those Jewish roots point us to Jesus the King, the Messiah, and the Savior, not just Yeshua the Jew, but Yeshua, Lord of All.

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus vol. 2 by Dr. Brown: Incisive and direct, this book provides an honest, fair, and thorough discussion of common objections on theological themes. Brown’s answers are thoroughly documented and foot noted.

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus vol. 3 by Dr. Brown: This third installment of Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus looks specifically at questions raised about messianic prophecies in Isaiah, Daniel, Psalms, Haggai, and Zechariah.

Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus vol. 4 by Dr. Brown:  In this volume of the Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus series, Dr. Brown counters the arguments that the New Testament mistranslates, misuses, and misunderstands the Hebrew Scriptures, also addressing the objections that Jesus or Paul abolished the Law.

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18 Comments
  1. The Lord gives us eyes to see and I see this…

    Jesus DID talk about not being legalistic when it comes to living according to Scripture. Every interaction He had with the Pharisees was about that.

    The Pharisees were experts at the religious law….and really about using that to find loopholes…instead of understanding the heart of God.

    Jesus called them “hypocrites” because they portrayed themselves as righteous (because of how they “obeyed” the law–but, they also worked in their own loopholes and their own traditions). They were concerned with outward obedience….and God is concerned with internal obedience…

    Matthew 15:8-9
    8 “‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
    9 They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.

    I personally would never, ever ask a legalistic Pharisee(those who claim they know Jesus) for prayer. Never would I trust them and besides that I do not believe the Lord would listen to their prayer because they are full of pride and have a very, very cold heart.

    The Lord resists the proud.

    Why do they have to be that way. Why?

  2. somtimes around 3:20pm–

    I’m not saying that Jesus has cast off His Jewish heritage or that He started a religion called Christianity, or anything like that, but I can’t help but see that it must have been part of God’s plan to take the Gospel to the Gentiles by using the Greek language. In blinding the eyes of Israel for a time, He has added to the Kingdom. I think the calling of His servants by a “new name” is still true today. Christianity was sort of the Greek version of Messianic (although I’m not sure that’s a literal translation) and even the believers today refer to themselves as “Messianic Jews”, so He did in some way, “Call His servants by a new name.” Isa. 65

  3. It’s true that the prayer of the proud and sinners doesn’t have that much effect, but,
    “The prayer of a ṣadiq (a righteous man) is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

  4. Dr.Brown,
    I would like to apologize for an extremely overzealous Ron Paul supporter. I’m a supporter myself, but I see the need for an independent Jewish state and I think Dr. Paul does too.
    His supporters are hyper-vigilant because of a smear campaign going on this month by the mainstream media.
    The point of contention is not Israel’s right to exist, but the people who didnt serve in the American military who are pushing a belligerent foreign policy while claiming to be Christian. The largest sect of this movement is the neoconservatives. They try to marginalize their opponents by calling them antisemetic, which causes a series of other problems. This is probably the impetus of the angry post you received.
    My contention is that people who want a belligerent military stance use the Tanakh to militarize Christianity. The Prince of Peace is transformed into a militant entity to justify perpetual war. The focus is taken off of Jesus’ words and placed upon the militancy of the Israelites who were essentially fighting the same people that surround Israel today.
    Christians are ignoring 2000 years of deliberation over the issue of war which is embodied in Augustine’s Just War Theory. Many of us are concerned with the way that our establishment is encircling Iran and enticing the Persians into open war.
    I’m anxiously awaiting Jesus’ return just as much as any other Christian, but I’m not going to throw my hands into the air in the hope that I will be airlifted out of harms way because of the rapture. As long as we are here, Christians need to exemplify the Prince of Peace. Vengeance and violence is reserved for God’s judgment, not our military. If we took heed to Jesus’ command when he told Peter to feed his sheep, we wouldnt be living on the edge of a knife right now.
    Many of us are hoping for a reprieve like the people of Nineveh (which is near Iran) received, but many more are coalescing with violence because they think it will accelerate us to the end of the age.

  5. Those were some astute predictions tonight.

    Biblical prophecies, it seems, are rarely really understood in advance. Only when people can look back, do we figure out how a prophecy was fulfilled….we tend to be always in for a surprise…but those predictions seem pretty on target.

    Alright…is it OK for me to vent a bit? I have really become disenchanted with some of the Messianics on Facebook, who are always, without pause, going on and on about the Torah. Okay..those are great, the first five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. What’s not to love? Totally great. But TORAH TORAH TORAH 24/7 What about the rest of The Bible? What about the Prophets, what about the Writings, what about The Main Event, Yeshua’s ministry and the New Testament witness? Someone on FB commented that she refers to that bunch as “The Torah Terrors” and I had to laugh because it fits! They just seem to thrive on terrorizing others with TORAH TORAH TORAH — and what AREN’T you doing right. What rules aren’t you keeping that you need to be?

    I know our big holidays are mostly ancient Roman paganism in origin and why I foreswear them (and honestly have never liked them, even as a kid), but there is far more to Christianity than the pagan roots of holidays. Yet all that these Torah Terrorists seem to want to focus on are these traditions and how polluted the church is, whom they call the Great Whore. But oh, now, the Jewish traditions are just too cute — these are only man-made traditions, too, but somehow in their mind, these are superior because of their connection to Judaism. And all day long they are posting about the Law (and bragging, really, over their genetic Jewish roots, or the wish-they-were’s are fawning over certain prominent Jews) and hating Christianity and showing, not merely disrespect, but contempt for it, and these are supposedly followers of Yeshua? That’s another thing: they’ll verbally stone you for calling him “Jesus” — I mean, nevermind that He’s been saving souls for thousands of years — now they don’t want you calling him “Jesus” anymore. AND in their minds, He only came to “bring everyone back to Torah.” Seriously…this is their general consensus on the purpose of His ministry.

    If they only knew how tiresome they are…no mention of saving souls…of how you can be redeemed even this minute, today….No, just browbeating (however even subtly) all day long and into the night….

    Eesh…

    And then you have the opposite spectrum…where people can’t even seem to appreciate the Tanakh, treating it as if it’s all about “the Law”, as if it’s passe (and showing themselves deficient in having actually read it through).

    I used to think Gentiles (of which I am one; despite Ashkenazic and Sephardic family roots, culturally, I am Protestant, born and bred) — I used to think Gentiles were grafted into the Jewish people. I now believe we are grafted in, as believers, into the Messiah, who is THE righteous branch. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but He is the living one in whom we must ‘abide,’ so….therefore, we don’t give up our cultural identity to embrace a (what is to us, essentially) a foreign culture and ‘become Jewish’…And even Jesus the Jew didn’t dance to Klezmer music; didn’t wear a black hat; didn’t eat latkes; didn’t say “Oy vey”; nor wear a kippa. What it means to be Jewish by culture today is fine — just fine — for Jews, if that is how they choose to express themselves…not a problem for me in the least, and I also like many of those expressions, BUT those things do not make us closer to the Messiah ONE WHIT and are truly irrelevant at the end of the day to our private, one-to-one relationship with Him. But amazingly, many of these so-called (Neo) Messianics do not even believe you can HAVE a relationship with Yeshua, if their FB comments and links are to be believed.

    I’m glad I listened to the entire show before posting, and I appreciate the note at the end, which was an encouraging one…perhaps I’m too disenchanted to miss the fact that…these are actually steps…and they should lead to something greater afterall…

    It’s great to hear a voice of reason in all this madness and that’s why I’ve come back to listening…

    🙂

  6. Dr. Brown.
    I wonder what the Apostle John is talking about when he writes:

    “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4 (King James Version)

    Is he talking about the Torah or what is he talking about?

    How does this apply to Jews

    How does this apply to Christian believers (non Jews)

  7. David, once again, we differ here — quite emphatically — but this is not the place to renew that conversation, as you know, since it has been discussed ad infinitum on other threads. And the fact is 1 John makes clear what the commands of Jesus are — quoting them again — rather than following your line of argument.

    Either way, despite our different understandings of Paul’s words here, I’ll end here with a scripture (and if you want to pursue the question of whether NT believers are under obligation to obey the entire Torah, please find a relevant thread where you can continue that): “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” (Rom 7:6 ESV)

  8. Omar,

    Matthew 22

    36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    38 This is the first and great commandment.
    39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    Please note that these two commandments, that are the basic “New Testament” commandments, are quoted from the “Old Testament.” Messiah did not say that these two are the only ones left or that they replace the OT commandments, but that they are what all the other commandments hang on. The other commandments are the intricacies of the these two great commandments. The others in the law and the prophets are still in place. We are not really fully obeying the two great ones if we are breaking the least ones. Those that keep and teach them all will be considered great in the kingdom. Those that neglect the smaller ones will be considered least in the kingdom.

    Matthew 5
    18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
    19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Shalom

  9. I understand Romans 7:6 as talking about the bondage of serving sin, which was holding us back in our abusive lifestyles, drugs, sex, violence, but after having died in baptism, and rising up in Christ, the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, for the carnal man is at enmity with the Law. But more importantly than that, and this will be my last comment about the Law on this thread, I categorically reject the that Matthew 5 was only said under the Old Covenant and that Matthew 5 doesn’t apply to New Covenant believers. Especially when he talks about our place in the future kingdom of God being dependent on how well we’re been a light by leading by example by demonstrating the love, purity and righteousness of God in our own lives as well as teaching others to walk in his paths.

  10. David, I categorically reject that reading of Matt 5 as well, as I’ve made plain in writing and on the air. I totally agree with you and with what you wrote in your last sentence. Amen! I would simply say that Yeshua’s fulfilling Torah and Prophets moves us forward not backward, the best example being what happens to the sacrificial system, priesthood, and tabernacle/temple, all of which were of massive importance in the Torah but have been fulfilled in Yeshua. Just think of what that means! In any case, yes, David and Bo, feel free to argue your Torah-obligatory views on relevant threads should others care to join you there. “Accordingly, the Torah functioned as a custodian until the Messiah came, so that we might be declared righteous on the ground of trusting and being faithful. But now that the time for this trusting faithfulness has come, we are no longer under a custodian.” (Gal 3:24-25, CJB)

  11. Hey folks, with the new year upon us, I need to return to my normal custom of very selective interaction here on the blog, since, first of all, it is mainly for all of you to post your views (within the guidelines, of course) and, second of all, because of time and commitments don’t allow me to post more. So, if you address me directly and don’t get a response, it’s either because I didn’t see the post or because I wasn’t able to respond. I made an exception to my normal schedule because of my esteemed friend Yisroel Blumenthal posting here, and I still owe him some interaction on major posts, periodically, but beyond that, with rare exception, I will be back to my normal limited posting — and I’m sure all of you will do just fine without me here a lot. And keep listening to the shows each day, since I’ll surely address lots of relevant issues all the time.

    Blessings on your new year in Yeshua our Messiah and Lord!

  12. Dr. Brown,

    How do you feel about the subject of Christians owning/having television. I know you have your own show think it thru, but I come from a congregation who preaches against all of the Hollywood industry because of all the filth it promotes. I would like your view. Thanks

  13. I watch TV, but I have to look away every now and then, because of how TV is nowadays. I’ve considered giving it up to just read books and play chess with my wife. Who knows, I might one day.

    I would say it’s a personal matter of conscience with regard to SOME shows/movies/etc. But there are some productions that should NEVER been see by the eyes of Believers.

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