About a month ago I read Dr. Schiffman’s blog, “What Does It Mean to Join Oneself to Israel?” In it, he points out that Messianic Gentiles are all doing their own thing, not really joining themselves to Israel as Ruth did. I posed the question, “How does a believer in Yeshua join oneself to Israel without giving up devotion to Messiah?”
I’ve not received an answer, but to be fair it is a seven year old blog.
But here’s what’s interesting: About the same time I started reading “The World of the Ger” by Chaim Clorfene and David Katz. (A ger is a foreigner, a stranger among the Israelites.)
In his book, Rabbi Clorfene points out that the rabbinic council said they could not accept the Ger when there was no Jubilee for him to be freed, should he find himself in poverty with the need to sell himself into slavery. This ruling leaves the Ger (who desires to follow the God of the Universe) free to observe the Torah in any or all of the commandments, just like his father Abraham, the first Ger Toshav.
So where does the Ger start? With the Exodus, just as the Israelites did. He said, “Passover was, is, and always will be the beginning, because redemption begins with freedom.”
Amazing! This is where I started on this journey to Messiah, with a Seder demonstration by Jews for Jesus, in an Episcopal Church in a little town in south Florida.
In little over a month Passover will be upon us. It is a time to celebrate our freedom. We have been set free from slavery to sin, set free from idolatry, set free from the ways of the world. Passover is our call to freedom.
I hope and pray that you will find a place to celebrate this freedom.