SPECIAL NOTE: The blog posts for the next two days, and the previous six days, are connected to Tzedakah Ministries‘ evangelistic/prayer outreach Day of Prayer for the Salvation of the Jewish People (2015) that culminates on 16 January 2015. Each of the blog posts are specially tailored to serve as a devotional guide on how to pray for the Jewish people for on each particular day leading up to today, January 16th, and tomorrow. Tzedakah Ministries hopes that these blogs will assist you in praying for the Jewish people and will equip in knowing how to share Messiah Jesus with the people for whom Jesus first came … #Rom116TTJF!
JANUARY 16 — DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SALVATION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
TRUE MEANING OF JEWISH ATONEMENT
Today is the day! I do hope that the previous devotional thoughts have prepared you for this Day of Prayer for the Salvation of the Jewish People (2015)! I pray you are spending this day seeking God for the atonement/salvation of the Jewish people. They were/are/will always be chosen by God to be His People; however, they must come to redemption just like the rest of the world … through Messiah Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). There is no exception. There is no other way around or “Dual Covenant” approach to God for the Jewish people. There is only ONE WAY and His Name is Jesus the Messiah!
Rabbinic Judaism offers a path to atonement that is not based on the Biblical precept found in Leviticus –
“Sanctify yourselves therefore, AND BE YE HOLY: for I [am] the LORD your God” (20:7) and “For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: FOR IT [IS] THE BLOOD [THAT] MAKETH AN ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL” (17:11) .
Instead, Rabbinic Judaism has adopted some noble concepts – fasting, prayer, and repentance/reconciliation with your fellow individuals as a way to achieve atonement – as the means to achieve atonement with God.
However, none of these satisfy God’s requirement from Leviticus which require a blood sacrifice for atonement. Incidentally, this is why some of the more Orthodox Jewish communities are so desperate for the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt as they know they are “making do” with a form of Judaism that will not ultimately satisfy God’s requirements in the Torah.
Those among the Orthodox Jewish communities, perhaps secretly, recognize the truth of Isaiah 64:6 (verse 5 in the Jewish Bible) – “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” We as humans cannot make atonement for our sins through our own power. We as humans cannot achieve our salvation through our own good works. We can pray. We can fast. We can apologize every year to those we offend and we will still be unrighteous before God because the need for blood of a perfect atoning sacrifice is still necessary.
This is why Jesus came to earth to be our Messiah and Redeemer and King. He came to die for our sins so that we might live forever with Him. And this is the message that we as churches and Christians must share TODAY with the Jewish people. Jesus was/is their Messiah first (Rom. 1:16) and our hearts desire should be for their salvation (Rom. 10:1). Our prayers should not just be for their physical peace but for their spiritual and eternal peace (Psalm 122:6). For no other message matters but the fact that Messiah Jesus is the atonement for our sins and for the sins of all the Jewish people … if only they knew the message He came to bring.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. – Hebrews 9:11-12