Daniel Juster Jan 17, 2019
Ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ (Zechariah 8:23b)
This is a passage often quoted by Christians who seek to love the Jewish people and join them in their celebrations and commitment to Israel. Some as well quote this passage in their connection to Messianic Jewish congregations. One of the features of Messianic Jewish congregations is the number who have joined who are not of Jewish descent.
Yet others find this quote and its use as particularly offensive. Are they as followers of Yeshua to join themselves to the Jewish people who have not yet embraced Yeshua the Messiah? In addition, there is now a worldwide Jewish roots movement which means different things to different people. Some teach that all Christians are to live a Jewish life or at least a Jewish Biblical life. They thereby reject the traditions that have become part of the Christian community and seek to make the whole Church Jewish. Others are concerned more with supporting Israel and see their faith from a more Hebraic perspective.
I believe that God is in the phenomena of Christians joining Messianic Jewish congregations, supporting Israel and seeking the Jewish roots of their faith.
However, there can be imbalanced. We need to address this.