“In 1960, Norman Cousins, a former editor of the Saturday Review wrote, ‘There is every reason for Judaism to lose its reluctance toward Jesus. His own towering spiritual presence is a projection of Judaism, not a repudiation of it.’”* From The “Jewishness of Jesus,” American Judaism 10:1(1960),36.
*. Issues✡️A Messianic Jewish Perspective
Volume 22-7. Is Jesus A Rabbi? By Stephanie R. SanHamel
The #7 is the scales of Justice, Libra, the 7th house of mediation, the crossing over, the eye of the needle, balance and harmony.\uD83D\uDC18
22 is a master number that is prevelent in Bruce’s life. Bruce was re-born on 4-2-1948= 28=10=1.
1948 was a #22 Master year. Israel was re-born exactly 42 days later on May 14, 1948.
“He was of us; he is of us. We quote the rabbis of the Talmud; shall we then, not also quote the rabbi of Bethlehem?” Rabbi Emil Hirsh(1851-1923), influential proponent of Reform Judaism
“Neither Christian protest not Jewish lamentation can annul the fact that Jesus was a Jew, an Hebrew of the Hebrews.” Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949), American Reform Rabbi
“For a long time Jews have praised Jesus as a rabbi, a Jew like us really.” Jacob Neusner (1932-2016), Judaism scholar and one of the most published authors in history.
“Jesus has been the most influential rabbi in terms of world historical impact.” Rabbi Evan Moffic, author of What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus: A New Way of Seeing the Most Influential Rabbi in History(2016)
“From my youth I have found in Jesus my great brother.” Martin Buber (1878-1965), Jewish philosopher, author of I and Thou.
“Who do you say that I am?”-Jesus
“And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to him,
RABBI, let me recover my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
“When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, RABBI, when did you come here? (John 6:25).
Jesus: “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “RABBI(which means teacher) where are you staying?” Jesus says: “Come and you will see.” John 1:35-39
“Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, ‘RABBI, eat.” John 4:31
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodenus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘RABBI, we know you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born. How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, ‘Are you not the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?’ (John 3:1-4,9-10).
MORE THAN A RABBI
“Yes, Jesus-Yeahua- was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D.
But was he more than a rabbi?
Following Jesus’(alleged) death, Peter and several of Jesus’ followers were brought before the Sanhedrin(or council, the religious Supreme Court of Israel) because they had disobeyed an order to not tell other Jewish people about Jesus.(talk about a cover-up).
When Peter replied, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), the council was ready to sentence them to death. However, the Pharisee Gamaliel intervened. Here’s what he said:
“Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished,and all who followed him were scattered.
So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God! “(Acts 5:35-39)
“This world is like a vestibule before the world to come; prepare thyself in the vestibule that thou May enter into the banquet hall.” (Avot 4:16) The Mishna,454.
Re: Donald Trump and the evangelicals. “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples. ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’s seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. THEY DO ALL THEIR DEEDS TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS.” (Matthew 23:1-5) Jesus was saying that rather than observing the Torah and traditions to serve God, they were going so to serve themselves and their egos.
Jesus criticized the Pharisees(modern day evangelicals followingTrump, the wolf in wolf’s clothing) for not being true shepherds of the people...”
I say to you, you cannot follow Trump and follow God at the same time. If you are with Trump you are not with Jesus, and if you are not with Jesus you are against Jesus. It’s time to take sides.
10 more days to Yom Kippur and the day of atonement,(At-one-ment) and then the gates close.
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