L ‘chaim To Life!
There are some people who really
care about you!
Some people feel
THAT A SATISFYING,
WORTHWHILE LIFE CONSISTS OF:
A good education
A good marriage and healthy children
Success in a business or profession
Helping those in need
Involvement with Israel and the Jewish community
These are important
. . . . .
yet we all know people who have or do these
things but who aren't satisfied.
Because there is something even more important than all these,
the Holy Scriptures* tell us five vital facts we need to know.
quotations from the Tanakh, both English and Hebrew, are taken from the
God is the source of
a satisfying, worthwhile life
You make me know the path of life; in your presence is
your right hand eternal delight.
This kind of life is the result of a close relationship with
you, Isra'el, my servant; Ya'akov/Jacob, whom I have
chosen, speaks of a personal relationship
which can be as intimate as the one between Abraham and God:
descendants of Avraham/Abraham my
friend… Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 41:8
DEEP DOWN, JUST ABOUT EVERYONE
WANTS A LIFE AND RELATIONSHIP LIKE THIS.
A JEWISH SCIENTIST PUT IT:
Jewish nature and soul needs to know God. This is its purpose on
earth. Our souls are looking for God and we are trying to know God."
Why, then, aren't most people
experiencing this life and relationship?
Man has separated
himself from God.
GOD'S CHARACTER IS THE STANDARD BY WHICH MAN IS TO LIVE.
Speak to the entire community of Isra'el; tell them,
'You people are to
be holy because I, ADONAI your God, am holy Vayikra/Leviticus
man deviates from God's holiness, he violates God's standard,
and this is called sin. Obviously, then, all of us have sinned.
there isn't a righteous person on earth who does [only] good and never sins.
God is holy and just, He will not establish a personal relationship with
anyone until his sin is dealt with because He cannot allow sin in His
Your eyes are too pure to see evil, you cannot countenance
So why do you
countenance traitors? Why are you silent when evil people swallow
those more righteous than they? Havakuk/Habakkuk
Because sin is a violation of His standard and character, God
must judge man's sin and reject it.
This is why sin causes spiritual death and results in separation from God .
Rather, each will die for his own sin; every
one who eats sour grapes,
own teeth will be set on edge. Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:30
Rather, it is your own crimes that separate you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he doesn't hear. Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 59:2
As long as
sin separates us from God, we can't enjoy the life
and relationship God wants us to have.
can't man solve the problem
by living properly, by prayer, repentance and good deeds!
No, man cannot remove the sin barrier by his own effort.
Don't bring your servant to trial, since in your sight no one
be considered righteous. Tehillah/Psalm
143:2 (cf. Ezekiel 33:13)
Human effort is not adequate
because, in God's sight,
All of us are like someone unclean,
all our righteous deeds like menstrual rags;
wither, all of us, like leaves; and our misdeeds blow us away like the wind.
Human effort is not adequate
because man cannot do enough to solve the problem.
No one can ever redeem his brother
or give God a ransom for him,
because the price for him is too high
(leave the idea completely alone!)
then how can this problem of spiritual death and separation from God be
GOD MUST TAKE THE
HE MUST PROVIDE THE SOLUTION.
But God will redeem me from Sh'ol's control,
he will receive me. (Selah) Tehillah/Psalm 49:15
The sin barrier can
be removed by believing
Word (faith) and by having the blood of the atonement.
an example of how the sin barrier can be removed.
believed in ADONAI, and he credited it to him as righteousness. B’resheet/Genesis
follow the same pattern.
A person whose desire rests on you you preserve in perfect
peace, because he trusts in you.
Trust in ADONAI forever, because in Yah ADONAI, is a Rock of Ages.
Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 26:3-4 (cf. Havakuk/Habakkuk
said that one more thing is essential, the blood of the atonement.
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given
it to you on the altar
make atonement for yourselves; for it is the blood that makes atonement
because of the life.
17:11 (cf. Vayikra/Leviticus 10:17;4:35)
But why would God want man to go through the awful procedure
of killing an animal?
the offerer saw the sacrifice suffering and
bleeding for the sins which he had committed,
he was impressed with the awfulness of sin and the penalty of death
(Yechezk’l/Ezekiel 18:4, 20) the sinner
THE SACRIFICE SHOWED HIM GOD'S:
* HOLINESS because of His hatred of all evil,
* JUSTICE because He does not leave
* MERCY because of His readiness to
pardon the truly repentant
and believing by providing a substitute for
THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE THUS PROVIDED THE BLOOD OF
ATONEMENT AND WAS AN ACT OF FAITH ACCEPTABLE TO GOD.
without priesthood and without a temple, there can be no
sacrifices. How can we have the blood of atonement today?
God has provided the
blood of the atonement for today.
We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his
ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us. Or: and in fellowship with him Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 53.6
After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away;
and none of his generation protested his being cut off from
the land of the living
the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves.
Therefore I will assign him a share with the great,
he will divide the
spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death
and being counted
among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many
and interceding for the offenders
IN THE PROLOGUE TO Yesha’yahu/ISAIAH 53 (Yesha’yahu/ISAIAH 52:13-15)
THE AUTHOR IDENTIFIES THE "HE" OF THESE PASSAGES.
He is described as God's servant who will
be exalted. In other parts of his
equates this servant of God with Messiah. e.g. Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 42:1
provision of the blood of atonement through the Messiah follows
the same principles God set up
in the sacrifice system.
for a man by means of a sacrifice.
for a family by means of a sacrifice.
for a nation by means of a sacrifice.
for all by means of a sacrifice.
As we have seen, under the sacrifice system
personal faith was necessary along with
the blood of atonement. So also faith is necessary with the sacrifice of
He should be the object of our faith today.
But how can we know
who Messiah is?
God made sure we could
recognize Messiah by certain specific identifying marks.
These are described by the prophets of Israel.
His ancestry was from the
family of David Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah
The city of his birth was Bethlehem. Mikhah/Micah
He had a supernatural nature. Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah
The manner of his execution was crucifixion. Tehillah/Psalm 22:14-17
He rose from the dead. Tehillah/Psalm 16:10 Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 53:10
The time of his coming was before the
destruction of Herod's Temple in 70 CE. Dani’el/Daniel
Do you have any idea if anyone has
fulfilled these prophecies, or has even come close?
HISTORY TELLS US THAT JESUS OF
FULFILLED THESE AND MANY OTHER PROPHECIES.
There are at
least 48 specific prophecies concerning Messiah which Jesus fulfilled.
The probability that one person could fulfill all 48 prophecies is 1 out of
10 with 157 zeros after it!
his lifetime many people called him Messiah ("Christ" is the Greek
and believed in him.
Mattityahu/Matthew 16:16 Yochanan/John 1:45-51 Acts 6:7
Many people since that time, both Jews and Gentiles,
have had their sins forgiven
and have gained a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob through Messiah
Jesus. Through him one becomes a completed person; e.g., a Jewish person
becomes a completed Jew.
Since the blood of atonement has been provided
through Messiah Jesus, there is only one thing left for you to do.
You must by faith
receive Messiah Jesus into your life
in order to have a personal relationship with God and a satisfying,
But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their
trust in his person and power,
gave the right to become children of God, Yochanan/John 1:12.
Messiah Jesus involves a moral decision to turn to God's way
and from your own, to trust Messiah Jesus to forgive your sins and bring you
into a right relationship with God.
you receive Messiah Jesus by faith (trusting what he has done for you),
he comes into your life and gives you the power to live a satisfying,
Here, I'm standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my
voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with
me. Revelation 3:20
Some people think that receiving Messiah Jesus by faith means
you are no longer Jewish.
THAT'S NOT TRUE.
AS Yeshua/JESUS PUT IT:
Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the
I have come not to abolish but to complete… Mattityahu/Matthew
THE APOSTLE Sha’ul/PAUL
FELT THE SAME WAY
This is why I have asked to see you and speak with you,
for it is because of the hope of Isra'el that I have this chain
around me (in
jail). Acts 28:20
Are you still here?
Don't let anything hold you
why not invite Messiah Jesus to give you a right relationship with God right
God is the source of a worthwhile life.
Your sin has separated you from God.
God's provision through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus is the solution to the sin
The only thing God asks you to do is to trust Messiah Jesus to forgive your
sins and give you a right relationship with God.
can receive Messiah Yeshua/Jesus by faith
right now through prayer.
Prayer is talking to God and is a good way to express your
may want to use this prayer to express your decision to trust Messiah Jesus.
Jesus, I admit that I have sinned. I believe that you have provided
the blood of atonement for me. I receive you as my Messiah. Thank you for
forgiving my sins and coming into my life as you promised.
always keeps his promises.
YOU RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH JUST NOW?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?
means that the following promises are now true in your life:
Yeshua/Jesus came into your life, and he's there permanently.
All your sins are forgiven.
You have a brand new relationship with God -
you're his child!
You've become a completely new person inside,
and you've got a great new life!
2 Corinthians 5:17 1
You've been set free from yourself to help
others. Yochanan/John 8:31-35 Galatians 5:13
So, what now?
CONTINUE TO TRUST MESSIAH JESUS.
The way you began
is the way to keep going Colossians 4:2-6 Messianic
If you keep trusting him, you'll grow
in your new relationship.
Here are a few
Let him communicate to you, read his
words 1 Kefa/1 Peter
Talk to him about everything
1 Kefa/1 Peter 5:7
Get together with others who have received him Messianic Jews/Hebrews 10:24-25
Tell other people about him
Remember to be tactful and kind.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you
from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. I will give you a new
heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of
your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you and
cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them.
forget, keep trusting him!
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