Judaism is the religion of the Jewish race… the most unusually blessed people in history. In Genesis 12, their amazing story begins with a man named Abraham. Abraham lived in the early days after the Flood in the Land of Ur. God revealed to Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation, the Jewish nation. However, there was one big problem with that promise: Abraham had no children and he was already 75 years old and his wife, Sarah, was 65 years old. But he believed God and claimed the promise and God blessed Abraham and his wife Sarah with a son in their old age. God told Abraham that this nation would be very special because Jesus Christ, the Savior, would be born of a Jewish virgin.
God promised Abraham that the Jews would be remarkably protected throughout history. There is no question that God has kept His word. The nations which have blessed the Jews have been blessed. Those that have cursed them have been cursed. Against incredible odds they have won out against those who have hated, persecuted and fought against them. To the embarrassment of skeptics, the Jews banded together in 1948 to form the tiny nation of Israel on the soil God granted them more than 3,000 years ago.
In 1967, outnumbered 70 to 1, they defeated the Arab military forces and claimed the city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. This historic event was the fulfillment of a Biblical prediction made centuries ago.
Dr. Robert G. Lee, an internationally-known Baptist preacher, was asked this stimulating question: “If you had to choose one word to prove the reliability of the Bible, what word would you choose?” He replied, “Jew.”
But today’s Jew lives in unbelief. Many Jews have rejected the idea of a Messiah and the Jewish Passover is observed without the killing of the lamb, which symbolized the suffering and death of the Messiah. Judaism today is not the religion of the Old Testament as many people think.
Twenty-first century Judaism and the religion of the Old Testament are two entirely different kinds of religion. The difference between them is as great as the difference between Saul of Tarsus before his conversion and Paul the apostle after his conversion. It is the difference between a religion of human achievement and a religion of divine redemption. Many naively assume that the Jewish faith of today is a point-by-point reproduction of the religion of the Old Testament, lacking only faith in Jesus the Messiah. Many religious Jews of today do not believe in a personal Messiah at all.
Today the Jews worship without the shedding of blood and “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.” The writer of Hebrews was referring to the blood of Jesus Christ which He shed to pay the price for man’s sin. There is now no difference; all individuals (Jews included) may receive spiritual life only through faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.