Some of you are probably wondering where guys like Kinbar and Kinzer and Leman and Boaz (sadly it's a long list) get the idea that Shabbat is meant to keep Jews and Gentiles separated. They get it from their Rabbinic Authority. Since I've been reading a lot of Abraham Chill this past week, I'll go ahead and quote him again:
"[A Jew keeping Shabbat] draws a line of demarcation between holy and profane, the Shabbat and the weekday, the Children of Israel and the Gentiles of the world," (pg. 115 of The Minhagim by Abraham Chill).For the record, the Inclusionist camp of Messianic Judaism does not feel that way. The New Covenant extends the Sinaitic Covenant to include non-Jewish Believers.
My daughter (the most amazing girl in history) likes to imitate her daddy. "Look, daddy! I'm being like you!" she says. I love that. How much more does Yeshua love it when we imitate Him? Don't listen to the Exclusionists who tell you (non-Jews) that you are hurting Israel's distinctiveness by keeping sign-commandments like Shabbat. Don't listen to liars like Boaz Michael who tell you that you have been excluded from the people of Israel. What was it Michael said? He said something like the following:
"...Paul is not necessarily arguing that Gentile converts are citizens of Israel; rather, taken together, these Gentile converts and Jewish people constitute the 'commonwealth of Israel,' which David Rudolph describes as ' a multinational expansion of Israel proper that has emerged in the form of the Church.' It must be further noted that these Gentile converts are called 'heirs together with Israel' in Ephesians 3:6...again implying that they do not take on the identity of Israel...To reiterate, had Paul desired to make his readers believe they were a part of Israel, or Israelites, he would have surely made it clear. However, the one time he comes close to teaching this in Ephesians 2-3, he uses distancing language--'commonwealth of Israel' rather than 'Israel'; 'together with Israel' rather than 'as a part of Israel'..." (Twelve Gates, Fronczak and Michael).
How Satan loves such writing and those teachers who distort the Word!
To those who are Gentiles in the Flesh (but Israelites in the Spirit) I say: You are included in the People of G-d! You are family! You are Israel along with the Jew.
May G-d bless ALL OF ISRAEL!