The most hated people on earth
Featured Blog by Ron Cantor, Kehila News, May 19 2019
Who are the most hated people on earth? The Christians? The Jews? White Anglo Saxon men? The truth is that the most hated people on the face of the earth are the Messianic Jews! We are hated by just about every group out there, from the Klan to Iran. Why? Just think about it:
We are Jews – the most hated group in history.We are Believers in Yeshua – who isn’t against true bible believers?The non-Messianic Jewish Community is poisoned against us.Much of the Christian Community sees us as Judaisers (Galatians 3), trying to bring believers under the Law (which we aren’t).
So one can imagine why a Messianic Jew might be happier blending into the larger Christian world, than boldly identifying himself as a Jewish believer. Some Messianics go the other way, distancing themselves from the Church world – sometimes even denying Yeshua in the end – because of the pressures from both Jewish and Christian communities.
What does God expect from Messianic Jews?
It seems that the Lord places a high value on Jewish identity and on living a Jewish life. (Living a Jewish life doesn’t mean that we are obligated to keep extra-biblical traditions, although many Messianic Jews do find value in some of them.) Take Moses for instance. He was the one chosen by God to redeem Israel. He flees Egypt, marries a nice gentile girl from Midian and about forty years later heads back to Egypt with his wife and two sons.
On the way, the Bible says that God tried to kill Moses – which does seem a little strange since Moses was supposed to rescue the Jews from Pharaoh “At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met [Moses] and was about to kill him” (Exodus 4:24). Why was God so angry? The issue appears to be Moses’ unwillingness to embrace this foundational expression of his Jewish identity. The next two verses tell us what kept God from killing Him: “But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched [Moses’] feet with it. ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said ‘bridegroom of blood,’ referring to circumcision)” (Exodus 4:25-26).