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Difference between messianic jews and gentiles

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by xdisciplex, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. xdisciplex

    xdisciplex New Member

    Dec 20, 2005
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    I read Acts chapter 21 today and noticed something interesting.
    As far as I understand it there is a difference between messianic jews and gentiles. Seems like messianic jews are supposed to follow the law of Moses and to keep the customs! :eek:

    Act 21:21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
    Act 21:22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
    Act 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
    Act 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

    Does this mean that messianic jews have to keep all those hundreds of laws?

    If it wasn't the case then Paul would have said something but he didn't.
  2. BobRyan

    BobRyan Active Member

    Aug 27, 2002
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    Non Baptist Christian
    That is actually a good point. reading Acts 21-25 you will find time after time - Paul is challenged with the accusation that he was teaching Jews not to follow the Law of Moses and the custom of the Jews - time after time he denied it.

    In Christ,

  3. Dustin

    Dustin New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
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    Short answer: Assuming both parties are true believers in Christ, one is Jewish, the other is not. That's pretty much it.

    Soli Deo Gloria,
    #3 Dustin, Mar 13, 2007
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