Judaism - CaseyLuskin.com

Judaism - CaseyLuskin.com

 

JUDAISM

 

If you've been reading my website then you know that I have a Jewish background. I believe that Jesus was the predicted Jewish Messiah from the Old Testament.

I love the Jewish people -- including both those who believe in Jesus the Messiah and those who do not. I am sensitive, however, to the fact that the word "Judaism" means different things to many different people. To me, Judaism is the religion which God gave the Jews through the law of Moses almost 3500 years ago. God did this so He could reveal Himself to the world in Jesus Christ through the Jews. That's why God promised to Abraham that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and that through Abraham's offspring, all the nations would be blessed. According to Christian theology, those who have come to know the God of the Jews who revealed Himself through the Jews are also children of Abraham.

Everyone has something to learn from the story of the Hebrew nation in the Bible, because it parallels many of our own lives. Originally the Jews were stuck in Egypt as slaves, just as we are all slaves to sin. But God did not want the Jews to remain as slaves, so He rescued them from slavery in Egypt, just as he desires to rescue each of us from slavery to sin. As the Gospel of John states, referring to the Hebrew nation's time wandering in the desert:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:14-17) God promised them to take the Jews to a better place--the promised land. But it didn't happen immediately--they had to go through 40 years of difficulty, wandering in the desert, before they saw that good promise fulfilled. In the same way, Christians look forward to seeing the promises of God fulfilled in their lives.

The story of Israel illustrates how we humans tend to stray from God and forget Him when times are easy, and then remember Him when times are bad. God wants us to remember Him at all times, and trust Him through our circumstances. This "trust" is not a completely blind or unthinking trust. God more than big enough to handle our questions, doubts, complaints, and even our anger. Trusting God through all circumstances is an interactive relationship where God often reveals and teaches us over time. This is the same story I see when I read about God's interaction in history with the Jewish people.

And both stories have the same ending: those who trust in God's grace and mercy found that His grace triumphed over human inadequacy in the end!

 

 

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