The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Jesus

It dawned on me this morning that in journeying back to Torah that I have discovered something really amazing. And it is simple this: there is a Jewish Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) of the Bible and there is a Christian Jesus that people have created. Although they resemble each other in many ways, in even more dramatic ways they contrast each other. In really simple terms I would like to discuss each Jesus.

Let's start with the Jewish Yeshua - He came first. Without going into detail we know that Yeshua was born a Jew. His parents took Him to the Temple to be circumcised and dedicated. Even at this early age the prophets at the door of the Temple recognized Him as the Meshiach (Messiah). He grew up in a Jewish home celebrating the Feasts, going to the Temple, honoring the Sabbath and following all the commands of the Torah. Some say He is Torah. If He is the Word (John Chapter One) and the Word is Torah, then He must be Torah.

Yeshua ministered to the masses and He always taught in the Temple. Some of His fellow Jews were upset with His teachings of Torah and many followed Him. As He drew people to His Truth, His new followers were considered a "sect" of Judaism. At the time of Yeshua, there were an estimated 32 sects of Judaism - maybe even more. With Roman rule it was a very trying time for the Jews.

We know Yeshua taught Torah from many of the Gospel writings. It was His determination to bring the lost back to Elohim. Here are some supporting verses:

Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 15:24 
But he replied, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel."

Matthew 14:15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."

John 14:21 "Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him."

All of these words spoken by Yeshua confirm that He was following Torah and wanted us to do the same. It is so interesting that He would even clearly say that He did not come to abolish Torah, but teach it to completion (fulfill). This just what Rabbis do, they teach Torah in it's completion. So that we learn all of it.

Yeshua was a Jew and those who followed Him were Jews (the apostles and disciples). They were a "sect" of Judaism and did all that a Jew would do to follow Torah, the Feasts, the Sabbath, the Temple laws, etc.

But, at the time of Yeshua's death and shortly after the Romans had decided to take over complete power of Israel. They destroyed the Temple (70 CE) and Jews of all sects were dispersed throughout the world. 

It wasn't until Paul that "Christianity" emerged. He as a strict Pharisee who had been "rounding up" the early Yeshua disciples had a striking vision. In this vision, he felt like Jesus was telling him to go preach to the Gentiles. Which he did and continued to do until the day he was martyred. His writing were taken by the Gentiles and the new religion of Christianity to many peoples and nations. 

Constantine in the 300's made Christianity a political religion - mandatory. He mixed in the pagan beliefs with the new Christian religion. And here you go - a new "Jesus" is created and followed. Not the Jesus of the Bible, but a "Jesus" of the people - just the way they wanted to believe in him. Unfortunately these early followers, including Constantine were anti-Semitic and encouraged any association with Judaism to be erased.

Now 2,000 years later, we have a religion that sees Jesus as the beginning of a new religion that replaced Judaism. They teach the “church” has replaced Israel. That the church is the new Israel. This is just not true. Jesus never “nailed” the Law or the Torah to the cross. He never replaced the Torah with a “new” message. How could He? If He would have done so He would have DISOBEYED the Torah. We are not in any “new dispensation” – the Torah is eternal!

Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is Truth.

Yes, it is wonderful that Elohim (G-d) sent His only begotten Son (representation) to the earth to bring the Jews back to Him. But, never did He send Yeshua to “replace” the Truth with some new form of a belief system. It is no wonder the Jews do not want to follow a Messiah who is not even claimed to be Jewish!

Yeshua was a Jew, is a Jew. He taught Torah and is Torah (see John Chapter One). He did not “start” Christianity – He developed a “sect” of Judaism which was TRUTH. If you could have picked all the Truth concepts/laws of each of the 32 sects at the time of Yeshua – and combined them all – then you would probably come close to what Yeshua was teaching.

It is time that people who “follow” Jesus, look back at the real Yeshua. It is a time of discovery and change. It is time to realize that there is only one true religion – and that is the religion/belief system that returns to the Torah, believes in the One True Elohim and joins the Covenants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is the system that believes and speaks:

Hear, O Israel! Yehovah our Elohim, Yehovah is one! “You shall love Yehovah your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

To follow Torah (Yeshua) is LIFE.

Which Jesus do YOU CHOOSE to follow? The one that people created or the One that Elohim SENT?

Shalom, shalom.

Nancy




Torah: Brings You Into the Light

Psalm 19:9-11The mitzvah of Adonai is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Adonai is clean enduring forever. The rulings of Adonai are true, they are righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold.." CJB

Some of us work our whole lives to make money. We want our families to be comfortable - us to be comfortable. We want nice cars, homes, jobs etc. But, when you start to study and learn the Torah - things change. You begin to realize there is more to life then money, there is Yehovah.

Once you discover that your life really does revolve around Yehovah and His Truths, His Commands, then something amazing transpires. You become blessed in EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE. So, the ironic part is - you don't have to strive to be prosperous. He will make you prosperous, rich!

Last year I planted a little garden. I hadn't done that in years. It failed. It turned out I planted it in a spot where there was too much shade and not enough sun. No one told me that I should plant it in the sun, this was something that was "assumed" I would just know. But, I didn't. I had to learn the truth.

This year I planted my garden in the sun. In the full light of day, where my plants could absorb total energy and vitamins. And it is growing HUGE. Same plants as last year, just giving them a different place to grow. I brought them out of the shade into the light.

I am the same person I was ten years ago. Unfortunately, I think my spiritual "life" was planted in the "shade". I was following Elohim, but not "knowing" Him. I wasn't in the dark about Truth, but I was certainly in the "shade" - only catching glimpses.

Then about eight years ago, after my first trip to Israel, Yehovah moved me and my spiritual "life" into the sun. Into the LIGHT. And then I began to grow. Then I began to understand more and more. I found the Torah, or should I say the Torah found me. Remember, if you are a believer in Yeshua as Messiah, then you know that He is Truth, He is Life. We know from Scripture that Truth and Life is TORAH. (When I speak of Yeshua as Messiah, I do not refer to the "Jesus" the church has created. I am talking about the True Messiah - the Jewish Yeshua HaMashiach, the Son of Elohim who came to earth to fully teach Torah and restore the Kingdom. NOT the "Jesus" that the church claims came and annulled the Torah. Who they claim was not really a Jew, but a Christian. Be clear about all of this!)

In Psalm 19 we are taught that the Torah will bring light to your eyes, that it is clean, true and righteous. More precious then gold. That it will bring you from the shade to the light, where you will prosper in ALL WAYS, forever. What a good and gracious Elohim that does this for us!

May Yeshua return quickly to Jerusalem and to the Temple. May the Messiah come soon!

Shalom,
Nancy Kujawa

kujawasure@gmail.com

My Trip to Israel

I just spent the most amazing two weeks in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem. I went with a friend so we decided to turn it into a prayer JOURNEY.

We went to the Western Wall for prayer - Every Day!

It was wonderful and so very anointed. Baruch HaShem for this miraculous time!

Here is link to a short video to capture some of the highlights of our trip:

CLICK ON:

Prayer Journey in Jerusalem

I hope you will be super blessed.

Shalom.

Nancy

Psalm 122:6 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you"".

Why Did Jesus Come to the Earth?

Why did Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) come to the planet? We are told to save us from our sins. Which is in part the result of why He came. But, I believe the real reason He came was to restore the TEN LOST TRIBES back to the TORAH - "the lost sheep of Israel" - that had been dispersed centuries earlier.

Matthew 15:24  "He (Yeshua) answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

He didn't come to physically "hunt" them down, but to teach those in Israel who had been "lost"- that came back to the Land, but were not living in Covenant with HaShem (the L-rd). That these people, His chosen people, would be restored through Yeshua's teaching and miracles - and then be able to "spread" the Truth of Torah to the rest of the world that had been lost  - once again the lost ten tribes of Israel.

Yeshua tells this wonderful parable about losing sheep.

Matthew 18:12 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?"

He continues to explain that it is important to search the high mountains for the one sheep that is lost. The "one". That is how important every person is to HaShem. That not "one" would be lost.

You see, HaShem's 12 tribes of Israel are His chosen people. The people He "set apart" to be lights to the world. When part of the tribes (ten of them) were dispersed approximately 600 BC - it must of broken HaShem's heart. For the "light" that He choose to shine in the world was now "dimmed" by the dispersion. And not only were His people taken to the "nations" of the world, but they were being "mixed" and "diluted" with and by the world. How He must love His people to send the Messiah to gather them and teach them.

Look at the following verses. They are all about teaching Torah. Yeshua the Rabbi came to teach Torah to save the lost. To bring them back to the Truth. Back to Life. Life is the Torah.

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I (Yeshua) have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to teach them."

Matthew 9:13 "Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I (Yeshua) came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

John 1:38  "And He (Yeshua) said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may teach there also, for that is why I came out.”

Mark 2:17  "And when Yeshua heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

He came to bring them LIFE, because in following Torah you have the gift to live.

John 10:10  "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I (Yeshua) came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

HaShem so loved the world that He sent an "emanation" of Himself to teach and save the lost. He didn't come to necessarily create new converts (although that was a huge natural result of those hearing His Words ) but to RESTORE those who had been in Covenant with Him and now had strayed.

Matthew 18:11 “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” 

He went across the countryside to look for the lost people of the Covenant.

Luke 4:43  “But He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of Elohim to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose’”

Matthew 10:5-7  "These twelve Yeshua sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans,  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"

It is summed up in the following verse:

Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man (Yeshua) came to seek and to save the lost.”

Now the real question is - was He able to save the lost? Did the dispersed ten tribes hear His messages, and come back to the Covenant? Did He accomplish what He was set out to do?

I guess we will never know the end result of His visit here to earth. It is written that many, many people came back to the Torah during the ministry years of Yeshua. But soon after Yeshua was killed, the Temple was destroyed and once again the people of Israel and Judah were dispersed.

But the Message of Messiah has still remained. The Message to learn and follow Torah. To repent and "teshuvah".  To return to Him.

And now His people are returning. To the Land, to the Torah, to Truth, to HIM. It is a very exciting time. Because I believe once His people return to the Land, that the Temple will be restored. And of course, once the Temple is restored - the Messiah will come back. Some believe He will come for the first time, some for the second. The truth is HE IS COMING. And we must be ready. We must search and follow Truth. So, ask the Elohim you serve to show you His Truth. Follow it and get ready. And pray for His speedily return.

Shalom. Shalom.
Nancy

Psalm 95:6-8 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Adonai, our Maker, For He is our Elohim, and we are the people of His Pasture, and the sheep of His Hand. Today, if you hear HIS VOICE, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness..."





Historical Video About the Temple

I stumbled upon a really cool older video about the historical and spiritual significance of the Temple. I can't say I agree with all that is said but most of it is historically true, and the spiritual side of this video is amazing. Promise you will learn a lot by watching it.

It's 30 minutes long but well worth your time. Click on link:

TEMPLE VIDEO

We don't know if the Messiah will bring the final Temple. Or if He will somehow help us to build it. But this we know - there will be a final, eternal Temple. Where all mankind will come to worship the One, True Elohim. Forever.

Ezekiel 43:5-7 "Next, a spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and I saw Adonai’s glory fill the House (Temple). I heard someone speaking to me from the House, and a man was standing by me. He said, 'Human being, this is the place for My throne, the place for the soles of My feet, where I will live among the people of Isra’el forever.'"

Blessings and Shalom.
Nancy

Dream About the Wall

I have been have this disturbing reoccurring dream this past year. It is very real, and seems sometimes like it is not even a dream. Almost like I have been "transported".

I am in Jerusalem on a trip. I am determined to get to the Western Wall to pray and be close to G-d. Only in every single dream - I cannot reach my destination! Last night I was on day two on my trip and had not yet visited the wall. Lot's of times I am close to the end of my trip and have not visited it. In some dreams I am walking and walking down streets, talking to people and trying to get to the Wall. Or sometimes I am on day 14 heading back to the airport, just grieving that I never made it to the Wall. Like something is always "holding" me back. It's horrible!

In every dream my "frustration" is really almost an unbearable pain. A sadness that I cannot get to the most important place in the world.

I have been there - in 2010. I prayed at the Wall and felt the most peace I have ever experienced in my entire life. I have been a "pilgrim" to the Wall just as millions have over the past 2,000 years. And ever since the day I left Jerusalem, I have dreamed of going back! And I am this spring! Praise Him!

In doing research about the Wall, I found out some interesting things - maybe reasons why in my deepest soul I long to be there again.

1.  The city of Jerusalem has been destroyed nine times, but the Wall has always remained intact.
2.  It was thought to be constructed in 19 BC by Herod the Great.
3.  Just as HaShem (G-d) has promised to never leave His people, that His Covenant is forever, so do we believe the Wall is eternal. (Genesis 17:7 “I am establishing my covenant between Me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be Elohim for you and for your descendants after you."
4. The Wall is a "remnant" of the ancient wall that surrounded the Temple's courtyard.
5.  It is so HOLY because it is the closest section to the actual place where the "Holy of Holies" of the Temple stood.
6.  Throughout the centuries there has been times when Jews have been "barred" from approaching the Wall. I wonder if they, too, had dreams about it all the time, like I do. Most recently from 1948 until 1967 Jews were restricted from going to the Wall until the Israel captured the Old City.
7.  At some time it was referred to as the "Wailing Wall" where many would come and shed tears for their desire to see the return of the Temple.

If the presence of Adonai filled the Temple, does His presence really ever leave? Could it be that a part of His Glory still remains on Mount Moriah - and those dreaming and those visiting about the Wall actually are seeking and finding His eternal Presence?

I do know this. I am not seeking after a "place" - I am seeking after Him. The one true Elohim of the universe and eternity. And it seems for now, until He returns, that this is the closest I can physically get to Him.

If you have had any similar experiences please write me and tell me about it. Sometimes it helps to know you are not the only one dreaming dreams.

Shalom, shalom.
Nancy
Email: kujawa4sure@gmail.com

Failing to Listen Hurts

Not very many people want to admit that HaShem (G-d) told them to do something and they disobeyed. Today, I had a special "revelation" about my doing just this. I am so sorry to Him and I confess I did not listen to His telling me to do some things for other people He put in my life - THREE times. Here's what I did:

My Disobedience

The first time. I was leaving a parking lot where I had just been interviewed by a local radio station about my job. There was a man standing at the bus stop and I felt like HaShem told me to give him my Bible. I paused a the stop, thought about it, and talked myself out of it. Why? Because I was scared. So, I justified that it was probably not G-d that told me to do this. But, I knew from the pain in my heart that it really was Him and I disobeyed Him.

The second time. I was actually in Israel (seven years ago). It was pouring rain and I was with two friends, we were walking and hurrying to get somewhere. An old man walked by me without an umbrella, and again I felt like HaShem told me to give him my umbrella. It was a split decision, and I failed. I try to justify it that the man would think I was crazy, or interfering. But, again in my heart I knew this was G-d asking me to do something special. I turned to look at the elderly man walking hurriedly away and getting very wet. My heart broke.

The third time. Was quite recently. I was driving home, and an older man at the corner was holding a commercial sign - encouraging people to go to a big liquidation sale of a local store. It was hot out, and again I felt like HaShem told me to buy and bring him a cold bottle of cold water. This one I justified not to do, because I was sure that his company had provided him water. Besides, how embarrassing it would be to get out of my car and hand him a bottle of water at a busy intersection - one that was in my community. And after all, someone might see me. My heart pained me all day long and after for disobeying G-d once again.

Of course, I repented. I asked HaShem to forgive me. I asked Him to please give me other chances. But, the truth is - I failed Him three times.

Here's the revelation. I was thinking about it this morning. What are the three things I repeatedly ask G-d for? I ask for my family and for myself - His provision, His protection and to know Him better (through His Torah and Scripture.) And then it dawned on me. These were EXACTLY the three things He had asked me to do!!!

1. To know Him better through His Word. He asked me to give a man a Bible.
2. For His protection. He asked me to give an elderly man an umbrella to protect him from the rain.
3. For His provision. He asked me to give a bottle of water to a thirsty man on a corner.

I failed to listen. I failed to obey. And I am forever sorry. Here I am asking Him for things that I wouldn't even give to others. Shame on me.

I could tell you from here on out I will try to obey Him - if He ever asks me to do anything! But, truthfully, I will have to be super courageous and wise, and not be stupid like I was before. It's hard.

I'm not sure why I am sharing this. Except maybe to help YOU not to do the same as I did. Instead, if He asks you to do something - hurry to obey! The blessing will be incredible. If you don't do it, the pain is almost unbearable.

Deuteronomy 28:1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of Adonai your Elohim, to observe carefully all His Commandments which I command you today, that Adonai your Elohim will set you high above all the nations of the earth." 

Following this verse He lists many blessings we can receive in obedience.

The really sad part about all this is that my job is helping people. I do it every day. But, then when I was asked to do some special things, beyond my daily work - I chose not to listen. However, I will tell you He has asked me to do other things and I have obeyed. And there is no other sweeter thing then to be obedient.

Shalom peace be to you as you strive to listen for His voice, and may He give you courage and strength to follow through with what He has asked you to do.

Nancy