In recent months, I’ve been devouring Rabbi David Fohrman’s teachings at Aleph Beta Academy. In their own words, “Aleph Beta Academy is committed to the relevance of Jewish learning.” This is not a site where anyone believes Yeshua is the Messiah. However, they do believe in the promised Messiah. It is the teachings I glean from this site that have solidified why I believe Yeshua is the promised Messiah.
There are two teachings that speak volumes:
- Passover: The Exodus That Could Have Been is a five-part series that points out how the Exodus could have ended with all the Egyptians worshipping the true Creator of the Universe.
- Tisha B’Av and Mashiach: What Mourning Says About Our Destiny is a seven-part series that points out how King Hezekiah could have been the Messiah had he given God the credit when foreigners came to find out why the sun turned back.
In essence, both teachings point out that the function of Messiah (and Israel) is to bring the Gentiles to worship the true Creator of the Universe.
A few weeks ago I attended service at an Episcopal Church. The opening hymn was about Sunday. The second stanza reads:
This day at the creation, the light first had its birth; this day for our salvation Christ rose from depths of earth;
Here I was in a building full of non-Jewish people, all acknowledging that Sunday is the first day of the week, that God spoke and the light was born, acknowledging the truth of the Hebrew Scriptures. That’s when I was sure, by Judaism’s own reckoning, that Yeshua is the Messiah.
Though the Christian Church might have gotten some things wrong, may have misunderstood much of Paul’s teachings, what I was hearing was Gentiles acknowledging and worshipping God – the Creator of the Universe – thanks to Yeshua and His disciples.