If an art form depicts something, what it depicts should be defined, so in my limited experience I will give my thoughts on the definition of Messianic Judaism. A heartfelt explanation based on my personal love of Messiah as I follow Him in a walk called Messianic Judaism.
A person who observes Messianic Judaism is a follower of Yeshua the Messiah (Christ Jesus) who may or may not be of Jewish descent. As followers of Messiah Yeshua we walk out our faith. In Judaism this walk of faith is called “halacha”, which means; “walk” based on Torah and the Oral Torah. Torah is first five books of the Bible and Oral Torah is rabbinical teaching.
As stated; in Messianic Judaism we recognize Yeshua as the Messiah and embrace His Jewishness. This form of halacha is called Messianic Judaism. Through the reading of Scripture we are growing in the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua and as we grow, we are convicted to follow Biblical principals. These Biblical principals are Jewish and come from Scripture written by Jews. We then in turn start following Jewish forms of halacha such as observance of the feasts of the LORD and Shabbat (Sabbath), also know as “Appointed Times”. The word Judaism sticks out because normally Christians don’t follow Jewish traditions.
Judaism observes different forms of halacha, just like there are varying denominations based upon interpretation of Scripture within Christianity. In this article I am defining Christian denominations as different forms of halacha.
So a sect or halacha of Judaism born from following the Jewish Messiah Yeshua is now called Christianity. This sect of Judaism was originally called “The Way”. Within Christianity there are many denominations formed through interpretation of the New Testament. So Christians of today develop new forms of Messianic Judaism called denominations. Believers of Messiah Yeshua are actually following a form of Judaism, even if they don’t realize it because the Messiah is Jewish!
Peace to you in the Name of Messiah Yeshua! This definition is short and simple. Within it more questions will arise with the need of more definitions. Please comment below with questions or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.