Hebrews 3-4~ Day 97~ Reading scripture through the right lens is key!

The lens you use greatly influences what you see in Scripture.  Wouldn't you agree?!

I love how the Hebrew writer connected the 7th day of the creation story, when God rested, to the rest we enter when we receive "the good news" (4:6).  He explained the concept so well, using the story of the Israelites in the desert...it made me wonder what Jews today believe about heaven.  So, I googled a site called MyJewishLearning.com.   The site "offers 1000's of articles, videos and other resources to help people understand Judaism".  I thought that would be a good place to look into what  Jews, today, think about heaven.

There was no mention of "entering God's sabbath".   They do not pick up on the symbolism of the Lord's sabbath as the Hebrew writer did.  In fact, what I read of their view (they have several theories) is that most believe people go to haven, but bad people will have a period of time in an interim state to think about the wrong doings they did while on earth.  That time of contemplation in an ambiguous place doesn't exceed 11 months.  At the end of that time, they then join the others in heaven.

Wow!  Okaaay....yet, Jewish people ignore what their Old Testament scriptures say, including their own prophet Daniel who writes, "Many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to disgrace and eternal contempt." (Daniel 12:2). I tried to figure out why this is so, ignoring certain scripture. It may be that they feel that Daniel was not a true prophet.  Therefore, they exclude him from their list of prophets but include him in writings called the Ketuvim (The Writings).

Hummm...to me, this makes Ephesians 4:18 very understandable when we read, "They are darkened in their understanding, alienate from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of heart."

The site listed above also goes on to say that, Jewish people don't need to worry about the afterlife.  "God will take care of that".  They just need to worry about living a good life here while they are on earth.  Well...that explains why they don't feel like they need Jesus to be their Savior.  What do they need saving from?  Certainly not hell!

The fact is, heaven is real and hell is real.  The entire story of Jesus is based on the good news that we do not need to go to hell.  There is only one way to enter God's sabbath.  That is through Jesus.  Jesus was clear on that point (John 14:6) and the writer of Hebrews reiterated this.  I pray that the Jewish people would re-examine their scriptures with a new lens....before it's too late! 

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