XIVa.11. How Can I Witness to My Jewish Friends?

Question:  How can I witness to Jewish people and show them that Jesus Christ is their true Messiah?

Answer:

A. Zechariah 12:10 is a good verse to show that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh; therefore, He is their Messiah who was crucified. Here is how you use this chapter and Verse 10.

The King James Bible makes the distinction in the translation of the Hebrew names for God. Whenever you see “LORD” and “GOD” all capitalized, the Hebrew is always “Jehovah,” God’s personal name. (Isaiah 42:8). Whenever you see “God” written with a capital “G” and small “od,” it is from the Hebrew “elohim,” as in Genesis 1:1. “El” is the Hebrew for “God” and the “im” is a plural noun, meaning “three or more.”

We have two numbers in English language: singular, meaning one; plural, two or more. In the Hebrew, however, we have three numbers: singular, meaning one; dual, equaling two; plural, denoting three or more. Thus, “Elohim” is a plural noun — three or more.

“Elohim” indicates the Office of God and means “the putter forth of power.” Just as the Office of President of our country indicates his office of power; but, is not his personal name.

Now, back to Zechariah, Chapter 12. You show the Jewish person that it is Jehovah speaking, leading up to Verse 10. In Verses 1, 4, 7, and 8, the word “LORD” (all capitals) is the Hebrew “Jehovah.” In Verses 2, 3, and 6, it is Jehovah still speaking. Then, have them read Verse 10.

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of suppli-cations: and they shall look upon me (Jehovah) whom they have pierced..” (Zechariah 12:10).

You may point out that the word “WHOM” is a compound of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, “aleph” and “taw.” In Revelation 1:7, 8, Jesus is the “Alpha and the Omega,” illustrated by the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Jesus is truly God manifested in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16). John 1:41 states,

“He (Andrew) first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being inter-preted, the Christ.”

B. Deuteronomy 6:4. You can use this verse to show that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One. “Jehovah” is the singular noun and “Elohim” is three or more, being the plural noun.

 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD (i.e. Jehovah, singular) our God (Elohim, plural) is one LORD: (Jehovah, singular).” (Deuteronomy 6:4).

Then, show the person Genesis 1:1,

“In the beginning God (Elohim, plural) created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).

Note: Of all the Jewish people I have witnessed to, I have not found one that is aware the word “God” in Genesis One is the Hebrew word “Elohim.” This is a total shock to them, as all I have encountered thought it was “Jehovah,” the singular noun. In Genesis 1:2 we have the Holy Spirit involved in the remodeling of the earth; as also Jesus Christ is involved in creation, as stated in John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:14-16.

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