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A Messianic State of Mind: “Heschel writes, ‘The State of Israel is not the fulfillment of the Messianic promise, but it makes the Messianic promise plausible.”

Very read-worthy article.  Note also the worry of “a certain fundamentalist Jewish chauvinism that now includes a creeping consensus brewing within the ruling coalition to bring the Temple Mount under Israeli sovereignty, a provocation that would most likely lead to war.”

Forward: “Evangelicals Are Falling In Love With Passover — Is There Anything Wrong With That?”  With some followup thoughts from Morning Meditations.

There are good reasons and bad reasons for Gentiles engaging in Passover.  One of the worst reasons is a “fetishization” of Judaism, thinking that if a believer collects to themselves the ancient charms and incantations of Judaism it will somehow give them a higher level of Spiritual power and blessing that they feel lacking.  It’s a sufficiency problem theologically, and a “one weird trick” species of Gnosticism.

James adds the following:

There are times when I get a little tired of churches seeing “types and shadows” of Christ in every little detail of the Tanakh (what Christians call the “Old Testament”), as if Passover and many other sacred events had no intrinsic meaning to Israel in and of themselves.

To God, what is the difference between the symbol and the thing being symbolized? Since both the symbol and the thing being symbolized have the same ontological relationship to the Lord, an outcropping of his Being, it makes just as much sense, to say that Gospel doctrines reflect the Torah lifestyle–and both reflect the person of Yeshua.  Do the dimensions and decorations of the Tabernacle symbolize truths about the universe, or does the universe naturally conform to the Lord’s preferred dimensions and decoration of the throne room of God?

Chris Queen with PJ Media: How Can We Observe the Sabbath in Our Modern World?

The variety of comments are as interesting as the content of the article (as is common with the very intelligent clientele that PJ Media’s extreme good journalism draws).  You see the expected responses “The Sabbath is for Jews and not Christians,” “The Old Testament days and observations are rendered obsolete by the New Testament,” “a Sunday sabbath is Roman tradition disconnected from the Jewish roots of Christianity,” etc.

They all miss a larger point.  If Hashem is his Word, and Yeshua the Word made flesh, then these commandments, which are the Word, reflect the very nature of God and Yeshua.  Shabbat Torah mitzvot, therefore, show how vitally important and deadly earnest it is for Hashem, for Yeshua, to establish this “temple in time” and keep it sanctified and not sullied with worldly concerns. “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, so the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” but by extension, this means that Shabbat was made for the Son of man Yeshua.  It is Yeshua’s Sabbath, he wanted it, and it is very important to him–arguably even integral to his nature.

So people who are content to say the Sabbath is “passed” or “gone” or “obsolete” miss the point…but so do people fixated on the exactitude and minutiae of timing and observance.  If we are going to take a Yeshua-centric approach to Torah and Shabbat, we would have to ponder how he wants the Shabbat celebrated. What is important to him as far as how different kinds of people conduct themselves in this temporal sanctuary of his? Would Yeshua want to celebrate the sabbath with you and your congregation?