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Roots of True Worship – And the Revival of Truth in the Last Days

Yahshua the Messiah came at Bethlehem when the Jews again were back in their land. The Temple was stand­ing and the Levitical priests played their part in worship of Yahweh. Al­though the Romans governed the land of Palestine, the Jews were al­lowed to worship in either the Temple or synagogue with comparative free­dom. Naruto Dad

The people of Judah were given sufficient time to get re-established in their homeland since their return under Ezra and Nehemiah. The To­rah was read and expounded each Sabbath, and worship of Yahweh was again in vogue.

A Special Time and Place

The opportunity for salvation has al­ways been “to the Jew first.” The Jew was allowed to become the root or source of the truth by having the evan­gel first revealed to him. If he refused to believe or spurned the offer, the Greek or Gentile was called. This is the gist of Paul’s message to the Ro­mans: “For I am not ashamed of the evangel of Messiah: for it is the power of Yahweh unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16).

Now under the Roman govern­ment relative peace and calm allowed the Jews to worship Yahweh as He had commanded. The message of the birth of the Messiah was given first to the Jewish shepherds.

The Savior was born at Bethlehem (“house of bread”), into a Jewish family, into a community that spoke Hebrew, the language of the Bible. The people were quite familiar with prophecies of a coming Redeemer and an air of expectancy was every­where.

But They Rejected Him

The only place on earth where an entire class of people would compre­hend the prophecies of the coming Redeemer was the Holy Land. The Torah was taught and studied. The Jews would have firsthand knowl­edge of Bible prophecies dealing with the coming Messiah. They would be the first to perceive that He was the exact fulfillment of these prophecies.

John reveals, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1: 11). The Jews who should have acknowledged that Yahshua had ful­filled these prophecies, rejected Him as the Redeemer of Israel.

They were looking for a Savior who would free them from the iron hand of Rome. They expected Him to come on a white horse with pomp and power and drive the Romans out of the Promised Land.

They were not conditioned to ac­cept a babe in a manger, a meek and mild Teacher of righteousness. His rejection of their traditions and hypo­critical customs angered the scribes and Pharisees.

Instead of freeing them from the hated Roman government, He spent His time showing their perversion of the Torah through their own pet doc­trines. “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the command­ments of men” (Mark 7:7). The very people He came to save became His worst enemies.

The twelve disciples called out of Judaism were chosen to proclaim the truth Yahshua brought to earth. The writers of the New Testament were given the commission to proclaim His message to a lost and dying world.

Tearing Out the Roots

The first generation of leaders of the various congregations in the Middle East were Jews, and became known to the world as “Jewish Christians.” Even­tually the Jews died off and were replaced by converts from paganism, known as “Gentile Christians,” who brought with them their heathen cus­toms and ways of worship.

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