Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Where is your Lamb

Living Waters
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation"

I have a friend who is a Messianic Jew. That means, she is a Jewish woman who became a believer in Messiah. Now that she is a "completed" Jew, (i.e., she has accepted the One who came to save her, who is also himself a Jew,) I was wondering how her people, the Jews, dealt with the whole sin issue.

Her eyes flashed as she told me, if you want to rankle any Jew, just ask them one question: where is your lamb.

Oh come on Sandy, I told her. Surely there is some provision that Jewish people make for their sins. And of course I don't believe that we must sacrifice bulls and goats as the children of Israel did. After all, that's why Yeshua came. To be a living sacrifice to atone for our sins.  And I know that Jewish people don't believe that. So, I asked her, since they don't sacrifice animals for their sin like they used to, what DO they do to address the sin issue.
Sandy explained to me that they have some sort of ceremony where they draw water out of some vessel, as mentioned in Isaiah 12:3 "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation".  It's really cool, because when I looked this verse up, it reminded me of the account of Jesus with the woman at the well. Check it out:
John 4

King James Version (KJV)

When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.