When the average Christian thinks of Judaism, they think of the Jewish people of the nation of Israel that are written about in the Old Testament of the Bible. That is why there is so much talk about Judeo-Christianity in America. Christians have taken the fact that God worked through His chosen people, the nation of Israel throughout the Old Testament and then they link that with how God then reached out to Gentiles in the New Testament. They feel it gives them a solid foundation on how to look at their Christianity to call themselves Judeo-Christian, but I think we need to explore a lot of things from the Old Testament nation of Israel to what is now modern day Judaism, because there is a lot of misunderstanding.
The first and most crucial point I can make is: the Jewish people of the nation of Israel who lived during the Old Testament times were men and women who knew God from the law that came from Moses which is written about in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) But modern day Judaism for the most part is not based on the Torah at all. There are some modern day Jews who have their religion based solely on the Torah but really there is a very small number of them because the mainstream form of Judaism since the 6th century AD is Rabbinism or Rabbinic Judaism. The Rabbinic Jews, seen here in the picture to the left, are centered on the Babylonian Talmud, which were laws that were written under Babylonian influence from when the Jews were in exile there. You might remember Jesus spent much of his time scolding the Pharisees and that is because they taught these extra laws to the Jewish people and they were man-made and not of God. The complete Talmud collection of laws were not completed until after Jesus' death so there are some writings of Jesus in them.
It is important for Christians to know what the Talmud teaches and especially what it says about Jesus, so rather than type out what the Talmud teaches, I am inserting this video below which is very well done in explaining what Rabbinic Judaism is all about. It is produced by two men that I am not endorsing in general but I can say they are 100% accurate in this presentation. In fact, they interview modern day Jews, so you get to hear straight from the "horse's mouth" why Rabbinic Judaism should not be linked in any way, shape or form, to Christianity. And in fact, when you are done with this whole expose on this page, you will learn that Jews are not God's chosen people anymore because of their lack of faith in the Lord. But don't close your mind off yet because you are afraid of people's harsh term of "replacement theology", because that's a negative term used to scare one away from getting free from Dispensationalism (please see End Time Eschatology page), which lifts up the Jews as still being God's chosen people above all others. (Do you ever notice how hostile people get when they talk against replacement theology? That term is not accurate, it twists the belief of those that are not Dispensationalists and then they demonize their fellow Christians over this issue!) But, if you can keep an open-mind and review everything presented here and the End Time Eschatology page I feel you will actually be more of a friend to the Jewish people than if you stayed in the disinformation that Jews today are still favored by God more than all other peoples of the world. But more importantly, your foundation will be fully Christ and you will be safe when the storms of deceit rage against you in these end days. So with all of that preface said, please view the below video - you will learn a lot and be liberated!
Let's take a look at some Bible verses in regards to the Jewish people and then see my notes under each verse:
Exodus 19:5-6 - Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine:
Do you see where God says, "if" they obey his voice and keep his covenant" they would be his peculiar treasure above all people? Well, throughout the Old Testament the Jewish people got punished by God for their unfaithfulness to Him but God continued on giving them chances to get right. God sent prophets who foretold of their Messiah and described Jesus perfectly but still they did not obey God and keep His covenant when Jesus invited them to love him and believe in him. So they ceased to be His peculiar treasure and now God sees believers in Jesus as His peculiar treasure. There is no way to be pleasing to God without faith in Jesus, so the Jewish people need to accept Jesus if they want to be God's peculiar treasure.
Malachi 3:6 - For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
This verse, found in the Old Testament, shows how God was merciful to the Jewish people because He is a faithful God, even though they deserved to be killed for their continued idol-worship
John 4:22 - Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
This verse, a New Testament verse, is the words Jesus said to the Samaritan woman who wanted to know who was right, the Samaritans (who the Jews hated) or the Jews in knowing God. Now this verse may sound like the Jews are all saved but what it is actually saying is that all the prophets spoke of the Savior as one that should come out of the Jewish nation, and that through him the knowledge of the true God, and of the true way of worshipping and serving him, would be communicated to the rest of mankind.
Romans 9:27 - Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
This verse, a New Testament verse, (as are the rest that will follow), is referencing the Old Testament prophet Isaiah who said that only a remnant of the Jewish people would be saved. Isaiah is the main prophet who identified Jesus Christ in descriptive words so the Israelites could identify Him.
Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Because of God's faithfulness to the descendants of Abraham, Jesus came first to the Jews but when they mostly rejected Him, God offered the Gospel to the Gentiles.
Romans 10:12-14 - For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
This verse tells us that when people believe in Jesus, there is no distinction from one nationality to another, there is no difference in God's eyes, we all become new creations in Christ Jesus.
Romans 2:28 - For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
This verse tells us that once Jesus came and there was the new covenant between man and God in Christ Jesus, that nothing outwardly counted. So, a Jew was no longer someone who had the Jewish lineage or the Jewish ceremony of circumcision or anything else that was outwardly. Because of the new covenant in Jesus, a Jew is now defined as those who are believers in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
This verse is similar to the one above in Romans 10:12-14 except it goes on further to explain that all believers in Christ are free from old distinctions.
Revelation 2:9 - I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.
This verse is about how Christians were being persecuted by Jews and God told them that these Jews, (who felt they had the right to destroy the Christians because of their "high-standing" with God) were not of God, but of Satan. And the verse below is similar but goes on to say the Jews who hold to the synagogue (rather than become disciples of Jesus) are liars and are of Satan and they will someday be made to worship at the feet of the persecuted Christian. God was assuring the Christians that if they could endure under the cruelty of these persecuting Jews, there would be a day when the Jews would know that Christians were the ones that God loved.
Revelation 3:9 - Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
This video over to the right is a video entitled "What World-Famous Men have said About the Jews". My reason for putting this video on this page is not to be a basher of the Jewish people through other men's word, nor do I put any emphasis on these men being famous, since God is no respecter of persons so neither am I, but this video covers a great deal of history and explains why the Jews have faced so much persecution over the years. The Jews play the martyr-card and say it's only because they are accused of crucifying Jesus but these men explain that the Jews always worked to lift themselves up above other people and did-so in criminal ways.
Here is a webpage that shows how Christians today need to be aware of the deceit that is being taught to us in mainstream Christianity:
If you want to get born again in Christ Jesus, please take this time now to talk to God. You can say something like this: God I know I am a sinner and I need a Savior and I believe Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin mother, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that He lived a sinless life because He was God in the flesh, and that He was crucified as the once for all sacrifice for mankind's sins. I believe he was buried and rose from the grave and was witnessed alive before ascending to heaven where He now sits on the throne as King of Kings. I repent of my sins and accept Jesus' gift of salvation today and I ask Him to be my Savior and Lord. I ask the Holy Spirit to come and make a dwelling in my heart and to lead me into all righteousness. Thank you God for hearing my prayer and for sending your Son to save me by dying in my place at the Cross so I can be in the family of God. And Father, I understand that while I am saved by my confession of faith, it is also Your will for me to get water baptized to show my private confession in a public way, and so I ask you to lead me to the church or baptismal situation you have for me so I can get baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!