I was sent this book by Bethany House Publishers and I have to tell you…it took me a while to get through, Gentle Reader. The book itself has a lot of great ideas and teaching but there were parts of it that I didn’t so much as struggle through, but they didn’t apply to me. This was my stumbling block.
Jonathan Bernis’ A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days helps Christians understand that the word of God is still applicable to Jews as it is to Christians. Mr. Bernis is a Messianic Jew. I appreciated the explanation of what a Messianic Jew is and how he came to be one. This is a question that I have had in recent years.
There is history of both the Jewish nation, the Christian religion and how the two, both Jew and Christian have been intertwined through out the ages. It opens the door to further reflection on how both Jew and Christian have moved away from the what Jesus wanted, what God wanted, and how they can come back together so that He can come back to Earth and rule.
My challenges with this book include how to talk to Jewish friends about Jesus. I don’t have Jewish friends so this was rather unnecessary for me…but, if I ever happen to be involved with a Jewish person, then I will have a better understanding of how they view Jesus. I have a better understanding of how to answer questions if they had any of me.
A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days was an eye opener into the Jewish mindset, how Christianity has hurt God’s Chosen people, and how we need to prepare, both Christian and Jew for the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.