Thrilled to welcome Misty Keith back to My Messy Desk to discuss what it means to be Jewish. Thanks for your great research on this, Misty!
The word Jew is short for Jewish and is the name derived from the patriarch Judah, which was first given to those belonging to the tribe of Judah. Further it is a name given to the separate kingdom of Judah in contradistinction from those belonging to the kingdom of the ten tribes, who were called Israelites.
During captivity, and after the restoration, the Jewish name, was extended to all the Hebrew nation without distinction. (Est. 3:6, 10, Dan. 3:8, 12; Ezr. 4:12; 5:1, 5) Originally the Jews were called Hebrews, but after the Exile, the Hebrew name fell into disuse. (Gen. 39:14; 40:15, Ex. 2:7; 3:18; 5:3, 1 Sam. 4:6,9)
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, “There are three names used in the New Testament to designate the Jewish people. (1.) Jews, as regards to their nationality, to distinguish them from Gentiles. (2.) Hebrews, with regard to their language and education, and in order to distinguish them from Hellenists, i.e., Jews who spoke the Greek language. (3.) Israelites, as respects to their sacred privileges as the chosen people of God. To other races we owe the splendid inheritance of modern civilization and secular culture; but the religious education of mankind has been the gift of the Jew alone.”
The history of the Jewish nation is entwined with the history of Palestine and follows the story of the lives of their rulers and chief men. Jews are now dispersed over all lands, and to this day, they remain a separate people, without a king, without a prince, without a sacrifice, and without an image (Hosea 3:4). Till the beginning of the present century, they were everywhere being oppressed, and often persecuted; but now their condition is greatly improved, and they are admitted in most European countries and have received all the rights of a free citizen.
The Jewish population in all is estimated at about six million, with about four million being in the country of Europe. It has also been said that the United States holds a high population of this group, with Israel following next and then Russia. Many Jews have come to the United States seeking freedom from religious persecution that takes place in many other countries.
According to the Scriptures, we do know that someday the Jews will begin to make their journey back to their original homeland before exile. Why you may ask? Simply put, Christ is coming back. There will be a restoration of Israel which includes both the Jewish and Gentile people. Isaiah 49:16 (ESV) says “Behold I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” This Scripture alone and when studied on a deeper level reveals a poem that encompasses a mixture of questions asked by those of Zion. The poem in Isaiah 49 goes on to reveal a discourse of Christ being introduced to the world. We see prophesy being fulfilled and salvation inhabited through the Suffering Servant Jesus Christ.
God’s purpose on the earth began with a center in the nation of Israel. God will restore the Jewish people to their land and scripture supports the fact that He will deal drastically with those who mess with His first chosen people. God is and always will be the Mighty One of Jacob.
Since God is with His people, He provides salvation and security. God is like a wall, a bulwark protecting and shielding His people from destruction and disgrace. Isaiah 49:16 is a reference to Israel’s final salvation in the final days when Christ returns.
Finally, we must note that currently, modern day Jews believe differently from the Apostle Paul, and the Disciples Peter and James. They do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah and they are still waiting for their Messiah to come.
Today, many Gentiles have already put their faith in Jesus. We know that God will use the Gentiles to help bring about salvation for the Jewish people. No one knows the minute or the hour when Christ will return, but we can rest assure that He is coming back for all who put their faith in Him. It doesn’t matter if you are Jew or Gentile at that point, all that matters is that you believe in God’s One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, the one and only true Messiah.
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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