In Acts 13, Paul and Barnabas are appointed to spread the message of the good news. Each Sabbath, they address the Jews and Gentiles who worship God in the synagogues. Segments of the Messianic movement of today are an outgrowth of that first century way of faith. According to the commands of God, both Jews and Gentiles who worship God should be meeting in synagogues every Sabbath to read, study, and discuss the words of the Torah and the salvation of Yeshua.
Acts 13 is particularly clear that God does not give a different message for Jews and non-Jews; non-Jews who want to follow the Creator God must go to the light given to the Jews. Acts 13:16 and 13:26 state that there are both Jews and non-Jews in the congregations. Acts 13:47, quoting Isaiah 49:6, says, “I have made you a light for the gentiles that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” God gives the spiritual light of the Torah to the Jews, gives salvation/ Yeshua through the Jews, and commands the Jews to share it with the world.
Acts 13 also records the controversies brought about by this command. Now, two thousand years later, these controversies still create divisions. Jews do not want to share the light with non-Jews; on the opposite side, non-Jews do not think Jews have anything special to offer. Those who abide by Torah do not see the Messiah in the Word; contrarily, those who profess Messiah do not want to abide by his Word. Even those who do see the two halves of the story and bring them back together as the saints of Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 (those who profess Yeshua and abide by the commandments/Torah) still manage to find details to argue about with one another.
Nevertheless, God’s light is increasing on the earth. Torah-observant congregations faithful to Messiah spring up in the most surprising places!
Actively living out his call to bring light to the world is Douglas Nurse, the Pastor of The Tabernacle, a Messianic congregation in DeSoto, just one block down from The Living Word at Beltline and Hampton Rd. Spreading the news of Messiah and teaching Sabbath and the Holy Days through urban and lyrical dance, The Court at the Tabernacle has new worship dance classes opening next week. Check times and details at http://www.theremnantdance.com.