Sanhedrin Excludes Jews Who Believe In Jesus

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The Sanhedrin of Today

The Sanhedrin today is the rabbinic court in Israel. This court is the religious authority in charge over all marriages in Israel irregardless of religion. Within their control they have ruled that Jews who believe Jesus is "the Jewish Messiah" are no longer considered Jews and are excluded from a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.

According to this article by WND it states "The state of Israel’s religious establishment is taking its persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus to a new level.

A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country.

Jewish weddings in Israel are conducted under the authority of a religious council known as a rabbinic court or Sanhedrin.

“An Israeli couple who are Messianic Jews cannot marry in a traditional Jewish religious ceremony in Israel because they are considered converts to Christianity, a rabbinical court ruled on Tuesday,” according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

It was the first time a rabbinical court has ruled on the issue of the status of Jews who believe in Jesus as Son of God, after a Messianic couple requested they be married in Israel according to Jewish law or “halacha.”

When a Jew receives Jesus as their Messiah are they still considered a Jew by God?

Galatians 3:26 NKJV For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Colossians 3:10 NKJV and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

John MacArthur says - Well, those are obvious distinctions, but more than that, there was a thanksgiving prayer that Jews said in the evening. If Paul was a good Pharisee, which I'm sure he was before he was saved, he probably said every night. Part of the prayer went like this: I thank God that You have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman... Paul takes a straight shot at that and says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond or freed, male or female." He was not saying there is no difference, he was saying the difference doesn't matter spiritually.

The Sanhedrin of Jesus day

HISTORY - The Sanhedrin was the highest ruling council of the Jews which met in Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin included priests, elders, scribes, and both Sadducees and Pharisees (NET Glossary)

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke we see the attitude of the Sanhedrin toward Jesus, we will look at verses in Matthew and Mark.

Matthew 20:18 NKJV “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”

Mark 14:60 NKJV And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 61 But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

They wanted Jesus dead!

They got their wish, Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried. They thought He was out of their hair for good because they did not believe in Jesus as their awaited Messiah. They certainly didn't expect Him to be raised from the dead and continue to be a thorn in their side. But He was and He still is.

Acts 4:5 NKJV And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

This chapter shows the on going disbelieve and hostility toward Jesus. Peter and John are telling the people at the temple Jesus is alive. They don't believe that. Peter and John are healing people, they don't want people to know that and they don't understand where they are getting this power. Peter and John explain, "let it be known and clearly understood by all of you and by all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, whom you crucified [by the Romans and], who God raised from the dead - in this Name [that is, by the authority and power of Jesus] this man stands here before you in good health (AMP Acts 4:10)".

The members of the Sanhedrin were amazed that Peter and John spoke with boldness and confidence because they had no formal religious training according to the highly educated members of the Sanhedrin. In their amazement they "began to recognize that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). Even so the main concern of the Sanhedrin was to shut them up.

Did all the members of the Jewish high court think this way?

John 3:1 NKJV There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

John 19:38 NKJV After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

The answer is No, not everyone agreed with what had been done. As we see in the article pushing back against faith in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is still active.

Will the Jews come to saving faith in Jesus as their Messiah?

Zechariah 12:1 NKJV The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel.... 10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

There will be a remnant of Israel, the true Israel, that God will bring back to Jerusalem and they will be God's people in "truth and righteousness".

What is the church's responsibility toward Jerusalem and Israel?

In Psalm 122 we are told to pray for peace in Jerusalem. We pray for the people to have harmony and peace with God. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are praying for the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ to come and end the hostility in Israel and Jerusalem.

Revelation 22:20 NKJV He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!


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