Day of Atonement–Yom Kippur

We observed Yom Kippur from sundown Friday, October 3 to sundown Sabbath, October 4. Part of our prayer and intercession considered the following:
Satan’s Plot
It’s interesting that the original prejudice against the disciples of Yeshua came from the unbelieving, ungrafted-in Jews principally led by the practitioners of Judaism. The Gentiles initially were not the problem. Remember Yeshua’s words, “render unto Caesar….” The Romans initially did not have any problems with the followers of Yeshua–it was again the ungrafted-in Jews (rightly or wrongly) who were creating the problems. My premise is that the whole doctrinal conflict between the Jews of Judaism and the Jewish followers of Messiah was a finely crafted,satanic plot to begin to separate the followers of Yeshua (Jew and Greek) from their Hebrew (not Rabinic/Pharisaic) roots. Then with Paul’s effective ministry the grafted-in Gentiles slowly became a majority of those in Yeshua’s vanguard. With Paul’s passing and the leadership shifting away from its First Century founders, self-serving heresies started coming into the movement. All the while there’s enough satanic junk on both sides to widen the gap. Anti-Gentilism and anti-Semitism become the vogue. Even though the ungrafted-in Jew has missed Messiah, he has not missed the blessing of keeping Torah (even faultily). This favor of God ironically fosters more jealousy, hatred, division and persecution. So who do you hate for the sin of the other? I would suggest the battle is not against either people group, “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). The Messianic can be a bridge of reconciliation recognizing the problem and not fostering it, but being part of the solution. I believe many Christians are unknowingly closet Messianics and are waiting to be loved into understanding.

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