How ironic that former “believers” in Y’shua/Jesus all seem to have this drive to crow about “leaving Jesus” once they’ve been warmly embraced by the Jewish counter-missionary rabbis and their converts who make their living by bashing “Jesus and the NT” on the Internet.
It seems, the first thing these former “believers” all do when they decide
to reject ADONAI’s Messiah, is to run to some counter-missionary radio host to
share their illustrious “testimony” – which always reveals that they didn’t
have a good grasp of Scripture OR their former faith, to begin with. Yet,
suddenly, they’ve found what they think is the Truth (after doing plenty of religion
hopping in their quest to find one that suits them), and now they just HAVE to
tell the world why they’ve denounced “Jesus.”
What a sad commentary about the hearts of humans – hearts that have always
strayed and disappointed Him (Jeremiah 17:9), and which STILL aren’t listening
to HIS Word because it’s easier to sit around and twist and over-analyze
Scripture with their limited human mindsets, than it is to actually comprehend
what it says at the most basic level….
Something I recently heard a Y’shua rejecter say on a radio podcast is that
one of the reasons she left Y’shua behind is because Isaiah 53 tells us Messiah
would have children, and “Jesus didn’t have any.” Really? Is that what that
passage REALLY says?
If you’ll take a look at this passage in Isaiah 53, you’ll see it talks
about the Messiah being a GUILT offering who gave himself unto death…where
ADONAI said that when Messiah DID make himself into a guilt offering, he would
“see a seed.” Does that mean “children”? No! How could he have children after
Leviticus 7:2 The guilt offering is to be
slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood
is to be splashed against the sides of the altar.
How could his life be “prolonged” if he offered HIMSELF as a guilt offering?
Yeshua’s life was never meant to “be prolonged.” He was here for just a season
and a reason – as outlined in the “Rest of the Story” called the Brit Chadasha…
Isaiah 53, verse 10 says that Yahweh purposed Messiah's suffering in His
pleasure and would bring it to pass to see the "seed", or the result
of this offering; i.e., many redeemed and saved, children of God.
Isaiah 53:10 But יהוה was pleased to crush Him, He
laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would
see a seed, He would prolong His days and the pleasure of יהוה prosper in His
11 He would see the result of the suffering of His
life and be satisfied. Through His knowledge My righteous Servant makes many
righteous, and He bears their crookednesses. 12 Therefore I give Him a portion
among the great, and He divides the spoil with the strong, because He poured
out His being unto death, and He was counted with the transgressors, and He
bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (ISR)
Re-read verse 12! “He poured out his being unto DEATH!” The ONLY “seed”
Messiah can possibly have is the many souls his death has redeemed!
The problem with those who “leave Jesus” is that they see what they want to
see, and no amount of reasoning will help once they think they’ve received some
“new truth.” God knows this, and He certainly hears it loud and clear when they
sit in front of a camera and microphone with some counter-missionary radio host
and proclaim that they do NOT “believe in Yeshua/Jesus” anymore! Therefore, He
blinds them so that they CAN’T see His Truth anymore…..
2 Corinthians 4: 3 So if indeed our Good News is
veiled, it is veiled only to those in the process of being lost. 4 They do not
come to trust because the god of the 'olam hazeh has blinded their minds, in
order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about
the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God. (CJB)
This is why it is so important for people to read the whole Bible for
themselves - again and again - so they can at least KNOW what it says and be
able to discern whether or not someone has interpreted some passage correctly.
If someone reading this is thinking of "leaving Jesus" to join the
counter-missionaries and their efforts, I would ask that you first read every
article on our Countering Jewish Counter-Missionaries page, first: http://therefinersfire.org/ca.htm . That page responds to
hundreds of their challenges! "The Jews" only see Scripture from
their "Tanach-only" perspective, while you have been viewing it
through your "grace-only glasses." Why jump from one end of the
spectrum to the other when the TRUTH is somewhere in the middle?
Yes, Torah is "God-breathed" - but He didn't stop
"breathing" when Moshe died, and Israel crossed over into their Land.
Remember..."the Jews" as a whole (all 12 tribes) were eventually
scattered for their endless DISOBEDIENCE! With three major
"religions" living in THEIR Land (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)
so, WHAT makes you think "they" are on the right track NOW? My God,
they gave away the Temple Mount to people who have ALWAYS been, and are STILL
trying to kill them! WAKE UP and stop going "religion hopping!" READ
Hebrews 10:29 Think how much worse will be the
punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who
has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made him holy;
and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God's grace! 30 For the One we know
is the One who said, "Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay,"
and then said, "ADONAI will judge his people." 31 It is a terrifying
thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (CJB)