Being Real: Replaced!

Recently I listened to the teaching of Mark Biltz about the origin of Replacement theology (printout of his notes here).  He brought many good points about how my Western worldview has not only shaped and influenced my faith, but how different my faith in Yeshua looks today as compared to the early followers of Yeshua (both Jewish and Gentile).

Most of us in our North American circles of Jesus followers are still heavily influenced by what Constantine set forth as part of the council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

First of all, think of the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, most of us have this picture in mind-

“Giampietrino-Last-Supper-ca-1520” by Giampietrino – http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/q/7/1/38-Giampietrino-Last-Supper-ca-1520.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giampietrino-Last-Supper-ca-1520.jpg#/media/File:Giampietrino-Last-Supper-ca-1520.jpg

Take a good look at that picture, what are some things you notice?  Funny how the early Jewish culture resembles the Renaissance men, they are eating leavened bread (bread with yeast), they are sitting at a table, & the sun is shining in the background.

A better picture of what a first century passover meal might look like is this:

http://www.derekleman.com/2015/04/02/passover-and-the-last-supper/

Quite a contrast!  The point is this- that our worldview has a way of shaping even how we read into an historical text such as the Bible.  We implement our perception of reality on an event that happened almost 2000 years ago.

So what else has been replaced from the days of the early followers of Yeshua- what about the calendar we follow today- is it a God centered calendar?

The Gregorian calendar is today’s internationally accepted civil calendar and is also known as the “Western calendar” or “Christian calendar”. It was named after the man who first introduced it in February 1582: Pope Gregory XIII.

The ‘Christian’ calendar we follow today is strictly solar based.  Genesis 1:14-16 says,

14 Then God said, “Let lights in the expanse of the sky be for separating the day from the night. They will be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.
15 They will be for lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the land.” And it happened so.
16 Then God made the two great lights—the greater light for dominion over the day, and the lesser light as well as the stars for dominion over the night. (TLV)

God’s calendar is both solar and lunar based.  A good description of the Jewish calendar can be found here.

http://www.history.sciencesource.com/blog/2014/1/2/the-gregorian-calendar
http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/calendar.htm

Another replacement in our western world view is that of the church and Israel.  Biltz writes that replacement theology:

… teaches that when it comes to the promises of God in scripture, the Church has “replaced” Israel. In this doctrine, the church views Israel as the “branch” that was broken off, (Romans 11:20), and the gentile church, now being grafted into the olive tree, has “replaced” the branch of Israel. In replacement theology, the Jewish people have no future in God’s plan. Replacement theology falsely teaches that the Church has taken the place of the Israel.
The church, we know is not the building, it is the people that make up the church.  An assembly of people who follow the teachings of Yeshua- who lived as a Jew and practiced the feasts (Moedim, Appointed times of God), who was crucified with a sign above his thorny crown that said- “King of the Jews.”
How arrogant can the followers of Yeshua be, to think that the grafted in ones are now the sole owners to the rights to be called children of God?  When did the branch overtake the tree?
graftedI have been challenged to take a deep hard look at what and who my faith is in.  I have never been one to go with the flow, and I am fine with that.  I am still in process of learning and knowing who Yeshua is, past, present, and future.
I know I do not have all of the answers, in fact I have very few answers, and many more questions.  I would say that studying the Hebrew roots has been like taking the blindfold off and all of a sudden some of the mysteries are no longer in the dark.
~EsseRealis
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6 Comments

  1. Hi

    My Church has done a total u-turn on replacement theology. We have started looking at the Bible through Jewish eyes. Understanding that Yeshua was born a Jew, died a Jew & will return a Jew. Learning that up until Acts 10, Scripture (including Yeshua’s teaching) was predominantly talking to & about Israel totally blew my mind. Also, understanding Church history has been an eye opener. After salvation, this new way of reading Scripture has been the best thing that has happened to me & my walk with Messiah. Enjoy the journey & if I can be of help on your journey please feel free to email me.

    God bless

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    1. Thank you Maxine for the encouragement on the journey. I am open to all learning as I see myself now as a Messianic Gentile in relation to the journey. Any information or suggested reading is appreciated.
      Brandon

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  2. Hi,

    Apologies, I didn’t realise you had replied. I found it very interesting & informative reading books that highlighted the Jewish perspective of the reasons given as to why those who don’t believe in Yeshua are so against Christianity.

    Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical by Michael L Brown (3 volumes…only read one at present) & Betrayed by Stan Telchin. These books helped me to better understand firstly non believing Jews objections & the part the ‘Church’ plated in this. They also helped me to understand what I’ve become a part of somewhat blindly, not knowing Church history & what I now say I’m a part of. I too see myself as a Messianic Gentile but five years ago, I wouldn’t have a clue what that meant.

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    1. No worries Maxine, thanks for the references as well, I look forward to studying more and understanding where I fit into the overall picture-
      Have an awesome day,
      Brandon

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