This morning I was speaking about the Gospel from the resurrection from John’s point of view and one of the things we saw is that Jesus rose from the dead and that He was seen first of all by the women who were much more faithful and zealous to seek the Lord at this time in the morning.
And I suggested that the men, the disciples, had actually fled, most likely to Bethany, when Jesus was arrested, though Peter and John had gone into Jerusalem. And, during the day, Mary Magdalene and the women had gone to assemble the disciples and to bring them together in Jerusalem where they met with the risen Lord.
We’re going to read about the meeting with the Lord in Luke 24.33 and then I’m going to speak on the theme of the resurrection in Judaism and in Christianity remembering of course that Jesus and the disciples were all Jewish.
Let’s just have a word of prayer as we come to the Lord.
Lord, we thank you for your Word. We pray that you bless the reading and the speaking of your Word and help us to understand this subject. We pray in the name of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.
Let’s start at verse 33. This is actually the people on the Emmaus road as they go back to Jerusalem.
Of course there are a lot of Jewish atheists and humanists and agnostics who deny the existence of God and of life after death as well.
There’s also a very curious belief which you might be surprised about in reincarnation. There’s a group called Chabad which is Lubovic. I remember having a long conversation about reincarnation with a man who was into the Lubovic movement.
I was quite surprised that he did believe in reincarnation and I found an article on the Chabad.org website which says that reincarnation is a belief of Judaism. It says there are many aspects of what they call gilgul (גלגול הנשמות), that harness the reincarnation of the soul, and it goes on to say there are some sins for which the cleansing in the spiritual realm alone does not suffice.
Thus souls who ascend and have not properly repented whilst alive are sometimes forced to undergo a ‘second round of life in this world’ as rehabilitation for sins previously committed.
So, if you haven’t done well enough in this life, you come back and try again. It also says that a reincarnation provides an opportunity for souls to perform those commandments they were unable to do in a previous incarnation.
Talmudic Judaism teaches that there are 613 commandments which a are found in the Torah, all of which should be kept. It says usually a soul does not manage to fulfil all the commandments in one go and must repeatedly be reincarnated until it has fulfilled them all.
So, if you don’t manage to do it first time around, you come back again and try again.
And it goes on say that there are some souls who do not descend for their own growth or perfection, rather, the only reason they return to this earth, is to benefit others. This can be to help out an individual or the entire generation spiritually or materially.
The article says that reincarnation happens as many times as is necessary to fulfil the perfection of the soul but that, if you fail to make any rectification in your second or third reincarnation, after three strikes, you’re out.
You have three goes at it. If you don’t make any improvement after the third strike, too bad! You lost. It says that a soul that has reincarnated three times without having rectified anything at all is not reincarnated again, which would imply that they’re forever doomed.
However, the Lubavitcher Rebbe (מנחם מענדל שניאורסאהן) who is a great authority on this subject explained that only reincarnations to human beings are limited to three strikes and you’re out. These souls will continue to be reincarnated first as kosher animals, then, in decreasing order, as non-kosher animals, plants, and even as inanimate objects as long as the need exists.
So that’s teaching of Chabad Judaism and it hopes that eventually, through this process, you’ll be reunited to the source and get back to God.
When I read this article, I put a comment on it (which I do sometimes – I like to communicate with them) and I said that there’s nothing in the Bible that says anything about reincarnation. It does say that these are eastern ideas which are forbidden.
Naturally, in the Book of Isaiah, which says ‘you the people the House of Jacob are filled with eastern ways, they are soothsayers like the philistines, they’re pleased with the children of foreigners.‘ In other words, God doesn’t approve of this idea (that’s Isaiah 2.6). And I quoted Hebrews chapter 9 verse 27 which says, ‘it is appointed unto man to die once and after this the judgment‘.
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
In the light of the Lord.
6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,Isaiah 2.5-9
Because they are filled with eastern ways;
They are soothsayers like the Philistines,
And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
7 Their land is also full of silver and gold,
And there is no end to their treasures;
Their land is also full of horses,
And there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is also full of idols;
They worship the work of their own hands,
That which their own fingers have made.
9 People bow down,
And each man humbles himself;
Therefore do not forgive them.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,Hebrews 9:27
Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many. In other words, you get one crack at this life not many. And if you don’t make it through the first time, that’s it. That’s why it’s important to know that ‘now is the day of salvation’ and to believe in Yeshua.
We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says:
“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.2 Corinthians 6.1-2
Unfortunately, my comment has not been put on the Chabad website. But somebody must have read it, so praise God, we hope so.
All these scriptures are telling you that there will be a resurrection, and they’re implying also that it is a literal resurrection and a bodily resurrection.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection Romans 6:5
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20.4-6
Therefore, Daniel will be resurrected as Daniel, he will be recognizable as the prophet Daniel, and others from the Old Testament period will be resurrected as well.
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