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SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

FROM THE TANAKH

By David A Fleischer

Did you know that the Good News can be found in the Tanakh (commonly referred to as the Old Covenant or Testament)? When you speak about Yeshua with a Jewish person, there could possibly be a rejection of what you accept as Scripture. Even if your friend is a non-practicing Jew, he or she is likely not to accept the B’rit Hadashah (Hebrew for New Covenant). Therefore, it is important that you know how to share your faith from the Scriptures that are accepted within traditional Judaism.

Most of us are aware that there are numerous prophecies regarding the coming of the Messiah, but did you know that the plan of salvation can be found in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings?

To begin, we must recognize what the basics of the plan of salvation actually are. The very basics can be found in many small tracts that have been published. Some call them the “four spiritual laws” or “the seven steps.”

However they are named, here are the fundamental steps:

  1. Man is separated from G-d (THE Creator of the Universe) because of sin.
  2. Sin must be paid for, and atonement can only be provided through the shedding of blood.
  3. The Lord promised that He would provide that atonement through the Messiah.

To accept G-d’s atonement and be reconciled to Him, one only has to believe in His provision and repent (acknowledge our sin and turn away from following it).

You might want to look up and memorize the following verses so that you can be equipped to share your faith with your Jewish friends.


We are invited to have a personal relationship with the G-d of the universe.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him. (Tehillim [Psalms] 34:9)

But we’ve put a wedge between us and Him.

Your iniquities have separated between you and your G-d and your Sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 59:2)

Even the best of us can’t measure up. Though He requires us to live righteously, we cannot earn our way into G-d’s mercy. We need something outside of ourselves to make us right with G-d.

There is not a just man upon earth that does good and sins not. (Kohelet [Ecclesiastes] 7:20)

And there are consequences.

The soul that sins, it shall die. (Yechezk’el [Ezekiel] 18:4)

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Dani’el [Daniel] 12:2)

Truly, a death must take place so that we can find forgiveness and cleansing. Speaking of the sacrificial system, Moses writes:

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. (Vayikra [Leviticus] 17:11)

But G-d had a plan. HE would provide the necessary atonement through the Messiah who would be born.

And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor, therefore His Arm brought salvation to Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 59:16)

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanu’EI (G-d with us). (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 7:14)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him (the Messiah) the iniquity of us all. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 53:6)

But He (the Messiah) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 53:5)

The Bible says this would happen at a particular time in human history.

And after 62 weeks shall the Messiah be cut off, and there shall be none to succeed Him: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.  (Dani’el [Daniel] 9:26)

(The only period this could have taken place was just before the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.)

Even though He would be killed, He would also live again.

He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living: for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 53:8)

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 53:10-11)

How can we take advantage of His atonement? Don’t we have to be righteous enough to deserve such a salvation? The answer – we can’t, but the Lord is able to BE our righteousness.

But we are all as an unclean thing; and all our righteousnesses are as filthy garments; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 64:5)

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the L-RD;” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Tehillim [Psalm] 32:5)

Our father Abraham recognized his own inadequacy. He relied on the Lord for all that he and his descendants would ever be.

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (B’resheet [Genesis] 15:6)

You see, G-d really cares for us. All we have to do is acknowledge our own unrighteousness, our own sin, be willing to trust fully in Him for atonement, and follow Him according to His Word.

The only person in all of human history who could have fit G-d’s requirements of Messiah was Yeshua, and when He was on the earth, He taught about both the justice and the mercy of G-d.

For G-d so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For G-d did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (Yochanan [John] 3:16-17)

Yeshua said, “… I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Yochanan [John] 10:10)

And Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life: he who comes to Me shall never hunger; and he who believes on Me shall never thirst.” (Yochanan [John] 6:35)

Just think; to never again be spiritually hungry or thirsty!

Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me has everlasting life. (Yochanan [John] 6:47)

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Tehillim [Psalm] 32:1)

If you want to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe; if you want to receive the life that He promises, you might want to whisper this little prayer. It just might be the turning point in your life.

“O Lord, I realize that I am separated from You and that there is nothing I can do to outweigh the sin in my life. But You sent Yeshua to die in my place. Right now, I choose to turn from my sin and accept His sacrifice on my behalf. I thank You for the gift of life that You are offering me. I accept. Thank you. In the Name of Yeshua, my living Savior, Amen.”

Now tell someone else the good news, and let us know about your decision.


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