Daily Topic for May 20, 2007
Paul’s point here is that the path of faith is clearly open to both Jews and Gentiles. In a restatement of a major theme of the book-righteousness obtained by faith-Paul very clearly reveals God’s unlimited plan for all peoples. Note the absolute terms used. “No difference,” “Lord of all,” “all who call upon Him,” “everyone.” It wasn’t so long ago that some of our ancestors were what we call unreached peoples. But God in His sovereignty revealed Himself to them in Christ.
Father, we who know You commit ourselves again to making Your grace known to the world’s unreached peoples.
“Rabbi Packouz, I feel I’m being judged and considered non-Jewish because I’m not Orthodox.” The troubled girl was consulting with a Hasidic Rabbi. “Sarah, there will always be individuals who are judgmental and negative. The Torah teaches that God is the One Who judges, not us. At the end of one’s life, how one has led his life is of concern only to the individual and his Maker.
You have a wonderful Jewish mother. This means you are and always will be Jewish. The Torah teaches us how to obtain real joy in life. I encourage you to read the Torah.”
Hasidic Jews consider all other Jewish movements to be unacceptable deviations from authentic Judaism; both because of other denominations’ doubt concerning the verbal revelation of the written and oral Torah, and because of their rejection of Halakhic (Jewish law). Yet they clearly accept that anyone born of a Jewish mother is Jewish.
The majority of Hasidic Jewish communities in New York City are found in Crown Heights, Borough Park, Brooklyn, New Square and Kiryas Joel.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will open the doors for friendship and serious discussions between these Hasidic Jews and Christian believers especially with regard to the prophecies in the Old Testament. Pray that more commentaries on the Bible will be written in Hebrew in such a way that the Orthodox Jewish believer will read them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of their hearts to Jesus.-PD