The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable

The Vatican released a document recently, called ‘The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable’ on the subject of the Catholic church’s relationship with the Jewish people, Judaism and evangelism.

The media leapt on this news and reported it to have been saying that evangelism is not necessary, since the Jewish people have their own Covenant with God.

This article is a helpful clarification:

http://m.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/new-vatican-document-on-jews-salvation-and-evangelization/#ixzz3uQgjC3Ih

Does your church or denomination have an official doctrinal position on the subject of the Jewish people, Judaism and evangelism?

Does it have or support mission or mission organisations to the Jewish people?

Is it possible for a church or denomination to maintain friendly relationships with the Jewish people whilst simultaneously conducting missions to convert them?

What are your thoughts on the Vatican’s document and this clarification?

Shelach

For the past 12 weeks we have had very limited access to the internet. We’re in new premises, a brand new building that has yet to be connected to the phone line. Please join us in praying that this will be rectified very soon!

With all the major Christian festivals out of the way for this church year, we are back to Ordinary Time. But the Torah portions continue all year round, so now might be a good time to start looking at the weekly portions.

This week’s portion is Shelach, Send:

Shelach | שלח | “Send ”
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Prophets: Joshua 2:1-24
Gospel: Mark 10:1-45

Each portion consists of the main Torah reading, which is broken down into several readings (the Wikipedia entries for each portion are useful as they break them up into the individual aliyah readings https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shlach ), a portion from the prophets, or ‘haftarah’ and a suggested selection from the new testament, often called the B’rit Chadashah, or New Covenant. These vary and are not universally agreed upon. The selections in the Jewish New Testament suggest a selection that corresponds in theme to the Torah reading.

Shelach is the story of the spies, sent into the land of Canaan, who – with the exception of Joshua and Caleb – come back with a negative report.

See also: the Hebrew for Christians page http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Shelach_Lekha/shelach_lekha.html

Passover

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Good Friday, 3rd April.

It is always good when Passover coincides with Easter / Pascha, especially Good Friday since then there is no doubt about when to start the omer count, and the church’s Pentecost and the Jewish Shavuot – which are one festival in the same – automatically end up on the same day).

So we start ‘counting the Omer’, 50 days / 7 weeks to Pentecost / Shavuot.

And then tonight, as Lent is ending, we are starting the Biblical fast, also called the ‘Feast’ of Unleavened Bread, which lasts for 8 days.

Chag Sameach!

Information on the Passover seder as well as all aspects of Jewish traditions around the Biblical Festivals can be found here:
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Pesach/Seder/Introduction/introduction.html

A traditional ‘seder’ – that is, order of service, with Messianic notes
http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/haggadah.html

As always, I haven’t checked every page and can’t vouch for external websites – please use your discernment.