Then the emissaries and the elders, together with the whole Messianic community, decided to select men from among themselves to send to Antioch with Sha’ul and Bar- Nabba. They sent Y’hudah, called Bar- Sabba, and Sila, both leading men among the brothers, with the following letter:
From:The emissaries and the elders, your brothers
To:The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia : Greetings
As believers in Yeshua we are brothers, whether Jew or gentile, we are called brothers. Now if we are called brothers in Yeshua, we must acknowledge that being brothers have nothing to do with who we are, but in whom we trust.
This letter was sent from the Jewish based fellowship “church” in Jerusalem to the gentiles, and they called them brothers. Remember that prior to being believers in Yeshua the Bible says the gentiles were without God. The love of Messiah brought gentiles, who believed in Him, into the Father’s house and made them brothers. For Paul said that it is the love of Messiah that compelled him as written in 2 Corinthians 5:14-19 For the Messiah’s love has hold of us, because we are convinced that one man died on behalf of all mankind (which implies that all mankind was already dead), and that he died on behalf of all in order that those who live should not live any longer for themselves but for the one who on their behalf died and was raised. So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation- the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
This is the reconciliation that Paul explained in Ephesians 2, reconciliation between Jew and gentile in the Messiah. Who in Himself made one new man, no more Jew or gentile. It is this reconciliation that Yeshua had in mind when He spoke from the cross and said in Luke 23:34 Yeshua said, “Father, forgive them; they don’t understand what they are doing.”….
Explanation. If we consider that the crucifixion was a sin offering for the world, that will herald in the new covenant validated by the Blood of Yeshua the Messiah. A covenant where Jew and gentle have been reconciled, and made one new man in Yeshua through His own Blood, the Blood of the Lamb of God. Yeshua asked the Father to forgive them for at that time they did not perceive that they are bringing an offering before the Living Elohim, in fulfilment of what Yeshua said in John 3:14-19 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.”For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.
The significance of the mentioned is that the people, Jews and gentile, who were looking upon the cross, did not perceive that Yeshua hanging on the cross, is the very Word of Elohim coming into fulfilment before their eyes, a new covenant as written in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (31) “Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. (32) It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI. (33) “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI:”I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. (34) No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more. Yeshua foretold what will happen, He knew it had to happen in accordance to the will of Elohim, when He prayed in Getshemane “not My will be done, but They will be done”. For even when Elohim called on Abraham to sacrifice his only son, it was a foreshadow of what Elohim planned to do, in order to set the world free.
For those of us, who perceived what happened on the cross, have this opportunity and the privilege to prayer for our Jewish brothers to receive the revelation of the cross. When we pray we must pray with an expectation that they will rejoice with us before Elohim, in the knowledge that through Yeshua we all receive forgivness and that there is no condemnation, as written in Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua.
Based on the mentioned, consider that Yeshua did not look back, for it is written in the book of Hebrews 12: 2 looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua- who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. He always consider the hope in the things to come. So again, when Yeshua prayed “ Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”. He did not consider the deeds of the soldiers and the Pharisees, but considered the fact that they did not perceive that united as Jew and gentile they offered a sin offering “Sacrificial offering”, before Elohim so that in unity, united in Messiah they could receive forgiveness and eternal life, that is to know the one true God, and Him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah.
For the Jews, the account of Abraham called upon by Elohim to offer his only son, have a deeper meaning. Example “The ram hanging on the Sabek (a branche or a tree with two branches) mystically redeemed Isaac alone, while the Lamb of God hanged on the cross delivered the world from Death and Hell.” ” The plant called Sabek means ‘forgiveness’, it foreshadows the cross that forgives the world it’s sins and grants it life.” But they could not recognize the Lamb of God as He was crucified on behalf of our, the Jew and gentiles sin.
Again when Yeshua said: “ forgive them for they do not perceive what they are doing”. He was looking upon Jew and gentile, united in Himself although they did not perceive it.
We as gentiles have this privilege to pray for our brother as we ponder the Word as written in Romans 5:8-11 But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by means of his bloody sacrificial death, how much more will we be delivered through him from the anger of God’s judgment! For if we were reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies, how much more will we be delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled! And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation.
Be your brothers keeper, and build a hedge around them in love. The same love we received while we where in our sin.