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Jewish Roots: Reverse Responsibility

written by Asher Intrater
June 09, 2010

We Messianics have given thousands of teachings on Jewish roots, particularly from Romans 11. In that chapter Saul (Paul) is addressing a group of Italian Christians about the importance of their covenantal and spiritual connection with the Jewish people. Amen.

Recently I was meditating on the reverse implications of this passage; what would it mean if Saul were to address us. As he challenges the international Church to be connected to Israel through the Messianic remnant, the responsibility then falls on the Messianic remnant to be connected to the Church. 

Romans 11:18 – You do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Often we have taught Romans 11 in a manipulative way in order to garner prayer support, financial support, and volunteer support from churches. But we are called to be supportive of them. This will demand a massive change of paradigm for the Messianic community. Let us garner our faith to support the international community of faith in prayer, in giving, and in encouragement.

Romans 11:17 – You were grafted in among them and became partakers of the root and fatness of the olive tree.

According to this verse, we Messianic Jews should be supplying spiritual life, vision, faith, love, revelation, covenant, prophecy, and kingdom truths to the greater body of believers around the world. We must have an attitude of giving, not taking. We must be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit in order to be a source to others. We should be supplying spiritual life, not being parasites.

Romans 11:16 – If the root is holy, so are the branches.

The Messianic Jewish movement is called to be a source of holiness, purity, integrity, faithfulness, dedication, humility, and honesty to the international Church. Instead we have too often just given excuses for being carnal; we have let our traditions cover up for a lack of holiness. Let us take up our mantle to restore moral values and purity of motives to the greater community of faith, instead of peddling the ministry. Let us become a sanctifying influence to the Church.

Our very calling from the beginning of Abraham’s covenant with God was to be a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). We want to bless not only from the Aaronic benediction from Numbers 6, but also the High Priestly prayer of Yeshua in John 17. The great commission of world evangelism was the motivation of the first century Messianic community. That should be our goal as well today, not only doing it ourselves, but motivating believers every where to do the same.

Being the chosen people has responsibilities toward the nations and the international church, not just privileges to be taken from them. Let us be the blessing God intended us to be.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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