Yesterday was Ein Gedi, Masada, Jericho, and the Dead Sea. But today we start touring Jerusalem. I want to consider an issue of identity, Yeshua, the Jewish Community, and so on.
Do I wear a yarmulke in Gethsemane?
I mean, obviously I will wear one when I pray at the Wall. I will have to leave it off when I go on the Temple Mount or the Muslim authorities will descend on me quickly.
But what about Gethsemane?
Is there a sort of separation between Jewish prayer and Messianic prayer? When I am in a “Christian”place do I try to look Christian and in a Jewish place try to look Jewish?
Would some Messianics avoid Gethsemane?
These are questions of identity. I spoke the other night to someone who, from a Christian point of view, said that we are really Christians and not Jews. To him, our belief in the divinity of Jesus means we have crossed the line out of Judaism.
But my response to him was: Peter was a Jew.
Would Peter have gone back to Gethsemane to pray? Would he have left his Jewish identity aside and assumed a “Christian”identity?
I don’t think so. Gethsemane is a Jewish place. It is on the Mount of Olives. It is where the Messiah prayed the night before he filled up the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah. It is every bit as Jewish as the Wall.
So, I will put on my yarmulke as I pray in Gethsemane. My identity is not divided. I am with Israel and I am praying with Israel in Gethsemane and praying in the name of the one who was and is Israel’s truest and greatest son.