I want to tell you about Ahava.
Ahava went to her parent’s house on Friday and during the Shabbat dinner she told her parents
that she discovered in the Scriptures that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah.
There was dead silence at the dinner table. . .
“What do you mean by that?” her father asked. Ahava told him that she had been studying
the Messianic prophecies for the past year and that God revealed to her that Yeshua is the
Messiah who took away her sins. Her father just stared at her with disbelief.
Then her father put his face in his hands and wept (not with joy), but with tears of anger and sadness.
He then took Ahava to the local rabbi to convince her that Yeshua (Jesus) was not the Messiah,
and for her to understand that she is now worshiping an idol (a man-god).
Ahava was strong in her faith, and after she went to the rabbi with her father, that was
the last contact she had with him or her mother, who are very religious Jews as her father
told her that she is not welcome in the family house until she recants her faith in Yeshua (Jesus).
Ahava was devastated.
A few days later a friend of the family called her to find out if this was true, and during the conversation she told Ahava that her father was sitting shiva (when a Jew mourns for 7 days after someone dies),and that the family considers her dead. All of her cousins see her as a traitor to the Jewish faith.
Ahava who is 24 years old and recently accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as her Messiah after reading the Messianic Prophecies is now very lonely.
She does have many other Messianic Jewish friends who "stick closer than a brother."
As for her family, it is very sad that the Jewish community as a whole rejects Jesus as the Messiah. As much as 55% of Jews who do become believers do so by studying the Messianic prophecies of the OT and realizing Jesus is the Messiah. Click on the title link to this post and find out more about this project. A Messianic Bible will be a great tool for Ahava and other Jewish believers to give to their families.