UMJC* – Defining Messianic Judaism *Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations
As a havurah (small group) of Kehilat Ariel Messianic Jewish Synagogue, (kehilatariel.org), K.A. Yuma Havurah operates under the direction of our Rabbi, Barney Kasdan, and by proxy, the UMJC. As such, we subscribe to the following definition of Messianic Judaism:
“What makes a king out of a slave? Courage!
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage!
What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?”
-Wizard of Oz
“Lord, help my unbelief!”* cries the man who needs God. Sometimes people struggle with trust issues. When we put our trust in the Lion of Judah, He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. How about you? In whom/what are you placing your trust?
With the ever rising interest in the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the resulting increase in “Messianic Jewish” groups of many “flavors”, it is good to share what we believe:
- G-d has called a people to Himself who are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Gen. 12:1-3).
- G-d has made unconditional covenants with this elect nation of Israel that have remained unfulfilled (Genesis. 17:6; Deuteronomy. 29:1-30:10; II Samuel 7:12-16; Jeremiah 31:34; Romans 9:4).
- G-d intends to fulfill all of His promises to Israel in a literal way just as His warnings and judgment were fulfilled in a literal way.
- There has always been a believing Jewish remnant according to the grace of G-d (Romans 11:1-5).
- There will be a national regeneration of Israel at which time all the provisions of the unconditional covenants will be fulfilled, including the seed, land and blessings aspects (Ezekiel 36:25-28; Zechariah 12:20-13:1; Romans 11:25-29).