Is Jehovah the God of Jews and Christians?
Jews worship the same God that Christians do but ignorantly so.
Unfortunately for my Jewish brethren they still worship Jehovah according to an outdated covenant and not according to the revealed truth of the new covenant which came by His last ordained Prophet sent to earth, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah.
The Jewish people have a mixed history of being God’s chosen nation destined to inherit the blessing of their father, Abraham who was called a friend of God; and at the same time being a rebellious, stiff-necked people who keep missing God’s best for them.
Here’s their history in a nutshell:
After Adam rebelled against God, God started looking for a man with whom He could enter into a covenant relationship and through whom He could bring the promised Messiah to be the Savior of all mankind.
Jehovah found such a man in Abraham and entered into covenant with him declaring that not only Abraham but the entire nation that would come from his loins would be blessed.
After God delivered Israel (Abraham’s descendants) from slavery in Egypt He established another covenant with them that basically said: I am the only true, living God, all other gods are idols and you must worship me according to the covenant I have made with you.
I have given you the prophet Moses as a mediator who will approach me on your behalf and through whom I will speak to you when needed; obey him and we’ll get along just fine.
In return for your obedience and faithfulness I will protect you from your enemies, provide sustenance for you and guide and direct you in all matters. (Paraphrased from Exodus 19:3-6)
No sooner did God make the covenant with Israel, than they broke the covenant and started worshiping a golden idol and having a drunken orgy. (Exodus 32:1-9)
From that time Israel started experiencing a yo-yo type relationship with God.
They would rebel against God’s leadership and go worshiping idols, get themselves in trouble with their enemies, then repent and beg God’s forgiveness.
God would always be faithful to forgive and rescue them with the assurance they would behave themselves.
No such luck.
This went on for centuries until God finally said, OK, that’s enough!
You have broken this covenant once too many times, here’s the new deal; I will make a new covenant with you, governed by new laws and handled by a new Mediator.
“The LORD said: The time will surely come when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.
It will be different from the covenant I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt.
Although I was their God, they broke that covenant.” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)
The problem with the nation of Israel is that they kept trying to please God based on external laws and ordinances never understanding that all He ever wanted was to be a Father to them and not necessarily a Master.
Unfortunately, they never got over their slavery mentality from Egypt and kept trying to worship Jehovah with a completely wrong mindset – That’s why they never achieved long-term success.
Their basic approach to worshiping God was wrong!
That’s why He based the new covenant on completely new principles.
No longer over 600 laws and regulations to follow but one simple principle instead:
Love God with everything you have inside of you and love other human beings as much as you love yourself.
If you do this you’ll be obeying all the laws of the old covenant. (Paraphrased from Matthew 22:37-41)
In order to help them do this God said:
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you… I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
God didn’t leave it up to them to try and obey Him with their own will-power. He made it so that His indwelling Spirit would give them the ability to conform to His will and submit to His authority.
All they have to do is trust Him!
This is why Jesus said, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7)
That’s how you get the new heart and new spirit He promised in Ezekiel 36.
You must be born again or in other words have your spirit re-created.
This is the point my Jewish brothers and sisters are missing entirely.
They acknowledge a new messiah and a new covenant is promised by God, they just deny that Jesus Christ is that Messiah and are still waiting for someone else to show up.
So, in the meantime they’re still worshiping Jehovah under an archaic covenant with outdated rules and regulations which has absolutely no power in it to save them.
The good news is that the New Covenant is open for anyone, Jew or Gentile, to benefit from by just accepting that Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel and allowing God’s love and grace to transform them from within.