Many Christians don’t even think about Jesus being Jewish, but that is how He ministered. He spoke to people in parables, but many times they included what the people understood, farming, fishing, baking bread, and even keeping house. The Holy Spirit will minister to us much the same way, He can counsel you in the way you understand and learn, even with sports analogies or fashion or what gets your attention. He speaks your language, but do you speak His?
Jesus was probably wearing a talit or prayer shawl that the woman touched, the girl He raised from the dead was likely wrapped in her father’s. It was Hanukkah when He refers to Himself as the light of the world, the Maccabees celebrated the oil not running out, and it was commemorated, how much more should we appreciate Jesus, having now His Spirit to touch us, we are wrapped in His glory as believers, raised from the spiritual dead” And the oil of the Spirit will never run out, but like the wise virgins we must keep the flame burning until the bridegroom comes.
Anna and Simeon recognized the baby Jesus as the Messiah, Ha’ Maschiach. As did others, even Peter, eventually. But most wanted a king. Jesus dealt with the religious, the wicked, the tax collectors and Romans. He was alive in the most brutal of times and died the most cruel death to save us. So we should be glad to take a lesson from history, study His teaching and follow Him.
Jesus would have worn His talit and even phylacteries or armbands, perhaps, no wonder He enraged those in the synagogue who He had warned about boasting with prayers to be seen and heard and making the armbands larger to draw attention to themselves and not God. And God forbid, He had the nerve to heal on the Sabbath. He did several to prove Himself the Messiah, but He was falsely accused and even called the devil.
The devil is not going to heal you, sabbath or any other time. Jesus also declared the fulfillment of the verse in Isaiah, because He had been anointed to preach the gospel. Acts 2:38, said He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.
They worried about having clean hands before eating, Jesus wanted them to have clean hearts. The Jews were not really much different than we are. We worry about how things will look to people, whether we do or do not go to church enough or give enough. We may have lot of Bibles to look smart or go to every class and outing, but how is your personal relationship with God? Do you really know Yeshua? Has the Holy Spirit been able to release you from the trappings of legalism and let you worship in Spirit and Truth?
Jesus fulfilled the law and prophets, we are now under grace, but we need to know about history. So He was the Messiah, His own did not receive Him, but we did and He still will help Israel. Let’s look at a few more names. Pele Yoetz,Wonderful Counselor, El Gibbor, Mighty God, Avi Ab, Everlastiing Father, Sar Shaloam, the Prince of Peace.These are the Hebraic names from the prophetic verse Isaiah 9:6,7
And finally, Jesus, Yeshua is the way, ha diresh, the truth, el emet, and the life, et chaim. He was the perfect lamb, ta’ mim taleh. And when He died for us on the cross, He said, t’av vnishlim or the Greek, tetestatli, it is finished. Now, we can rest in His grace, peace and really understand the Sabbath. Rebecca Jones / fellow blogger