You Turn – The Jewish Response To A Christian Challenge

If you are Jewish, you’re a target. Millions of evangelical Christians in North America are passionately committed to converting us to their faith. They fund over 1,000 different missionary organizations to spearhead this effort. These include groups like Jews for Jesus and Chosen People Ministries, as well as hundreds of Messianic congregations reaching out to Jews of all stripes. Many of these organizations encourage and train ordinary Christians to share their faith with Jewish friends, neighbours, and business associates. When they want to begin a discussion with us, what will they speak about? They realize, of course, that it will have to be something that is relevant to us and that we are concerned about. While many Jewish people don’t spend much time thinking about Biblical issues like the Messiah, we are all sensitive to our failures and shortcomings in life. There just may be something to all those jokes about Jewish guilt. We let others down, disappoint them, and sometimes hurt them. Often, this is most true for those closest to us. And we certainly don’t always live up to God’s expectations. We may not usually speak using terms like sinning, but all this word really means is falling short of how we should be living. We know what we need to do for our friends to forgive us, but what about our relationship with the Almighty?

When they want to begin a discussion with us, what will they speak about? They realize, of course, that it will have to be something that is relevant to us and that we are concerned about. While many Jewish people don’t spend much time thinking about Biblical issues like the Messiah, we are all sensitive to our failures and shortcomings in life. There just may be something to all those jokes about Jewish guilt. We let others down, disappoint them, and sometimes hurt them. Often, this is most true for those closest to us. And we certainly don’t always live up to God’s expectations. We may not usually speak using terms like sinning, but all this word really means is falling short of how we should be living. We know what we need to do for our friends to forgive us, but what about our relationship with the Almighty?

While many Jewish people don’t spend much time thinking about Biblical issues like the Messiah, we are all sensitive to our failures and shortcomings in life. There just may be something to all those jokes about Jewish guilt. We let others down, disappoint them, and sometimes hurt them. Often, this is most true for those closest to us. And we certainly don’t always live up to God’s expectations. We may not usually speak using terms like sinning, but all this word really means is falling short of how we should be living. We know what we need to do for our friends to forgive us, but what about our relationship with the Almighty?

Contents:

THE CHALLENGE

A CLOSER LOOK AT LEVITICUS 17:11

DOES THE BLOOD IMPERATIVE MAKE SENSE?

WHY JESUS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SACRIFICE

YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

VICARIOUS ATONEMENT: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

THE FUTURE THIRD TEMPLE

GOD’S ABILITIES

THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF ATONEMENT

THE PROPHETIC PROTEST

AFTERWORD:

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

APPENDIX 1: FLOUR AS AN OFFERING FOR SIN

APPENDIX 2: THE SUFFERING SERVANT OF ISAIAH

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