The following is a response to Yash’s post “Who is Messiah ben Josef?” from his blog “Real Messianic Jews: don’t believe it.”
Yash is an anti-Yeshua Jew. He not only rejects Jesus/Yeshua as the Messiah, but is very much involved in trying to get Jewish believers in Yeshua to come back to Judaism. He’s also trying to stop Jews like bogRaphy going to the bogs. Jewish believers in Yeshua should not shy away from good apologists of Judaism, of which Yash is a good example.
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:12-15).
Here is my response to Yash’s “Who is Messiah ben Josef?” (Although, I didn’t address the topic, I thought that it was a timely “response”).
When I accepted Ye(ho)shua as the Messiah, it was based – from my standpoint – on my belief that Jesus was who He said He was. The belief of course was not blind; I did do my homework. But that is the surface view. Why does one believe anything, why does one do anything, why is one born into this or that culture/religion, and so forth? I find the answer in Isaiah:
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure/delight/longing” (Isaiah 46:10).
מַגִּיד מֵֽרֵאשִׁית אַחֲרִית וּמִקֶּדֶם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־נַעֲשׂוּ אֹמֵר עֲצָתִי תָקוּם וְכָל־חֶפְצִי אֶעֱשֶׂ׃
I am the person I erm? because God did the same to me. And yet, we are not robots. The relationship between God’s sovereigny and our response and responsibility is one of the many mysteries hidden within the inscrutable decrees of God’s Holy Council. We can argue backwards and forwards on what the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) says. I have – in the final unanalysable “analysis” – accepted under the influence of God’s sovereign council (Isaiah 46:10) that Jesus is who he says He is. This does not mean that all is bright and breezy, and I’ve arrived. God continues to renew my mind.