Guy Cohen, an orthodox Jew asked himself why, in this modern age, Israel’s Messiah would ride on a donkey. His rabbi had no satisfactory answer. In his search for the truth he ends up with Jesus. Watch his testimony: “An orthodox Jew asked his rabbi questions about the Messiah”.
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I would like to share with you how I became to be a follower of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. You know Him as Jesus Christ, His name is Yeshua. I would love to share this with you because this witness, this testimony changed my life and it made my life better then it was before. So for you to understand how was my life before I would like to share with you that I was an orthodox Jew and I grew up in an orthodox Jewish family and I studied in the Talmud, rabbinical style and the Torah and the Gemara and more of this.
When I was thirteen years old I asked my rabbi about the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. The question was like this, from Zechariah 9:9, I asked him about the donkey. Over there it says that the Messiah will come to Jerusalem on a donkey. So I asked him, “How could it be that the Messiah will come on a donkey to Jerusalem?” We have cars, we have airplanes. Now today if you go to Jerusalem on a donkey, the Messiah is on a donkey and you in your car, that is not a nice picture. In my eyes this was an insult on the Messiah. My rabbi was a kabbalist and he was playing with the word of the Bible and he took the word donkey, he played with the word. Donkey in Hebrew is chamor and he changed it from chamor to gomer. Chamor is donkey and Gomer is material. He said to me, “Well my son, we have a lot of materials today. We have cars, we have airplanes and He will come in one of them to Jerusalem.”
This rabbi was from the Schneerson chabad, it’s a denomination that believes in Schneerson, it is a rabbi from Brooklyn that he is the Messiah and that he is the one supposed to redeem Israel. So he believed that Schneerson is the Messiah. Of course I did not accept this teaching but I kept this question in my heart.
When I was eighteen years old I had a lot of struggles with the rabbinical teaching because their teaching was one side and the Halakha and the word of God was the other side. So I had many, many questions and I could see that the rabbis like more peoples, money than their hearts.
When I was eighteen I walked in the town, the city of Akko, this is the place where I grew up, and I cry out to God and I said, “God, what is going on over here? Why are we living in the land of Israel? Why did you bring us back to the land of Israel? Why are the rabbis manipulating the people? Where are you God? Where is the Messiah?” You need to know that the Jewish people are, their life is for the Messiah, they just want to see Him return, they just want to see Him coming back and redeeming them and He will be the shach shalom, the minister of shalom and He will change the heart, the heart of the world. This is what the Jewish people are desiring and that was my question to God. “Where is the Messiah?” I could not find it in the orthodox life, because there are a lot of rules, law, law, law, law. “Where is the grace, where is God’s love?”
In that evening I finished my prayer and I took down my head covering, this is called the kippa and I put it into my wallet and I said, “Enough with orthodox life, I will be a conservative Jew. I will be one of those Jewish that will go on Shabbat to the synagogue. I will obey the Torah, but not in the rabbinical style, but in the way that I understand it. In the mean time I will wait on God that He will show me the Messiah who is He.”
After this event I went to the army and five years later I walk in the streets of the city of Akko again. In that time I was working as an accountant in the income tax office. It was in the noontime when I was walking in the streets when there was one guy that came to me and he handed me a book into my hands. So I took the book from him and I looked into this book and I make this turn to give the book back, I said, “I don’t want it, take it back.” This guy was not there, he disappeared. I looked around and said, “What is going on over here?” So I run to the end of the street and I look around and no one was there. I took the book and went to the office and when I went to the office, I opened the book and it was the gospel of Matthew. And over there Yeshua says, “if your hand sins, cut it, if you’re eyes sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to suffer here in this world and win eternal life.” So I said to myself, “Wow He is so radical, so strong, He speaks like my rabbis,” and then I said to myself, “Well, He was a rabbi, Yeshua He was Jewish, his disciples were Jewish. Most of the world believe in Him.” And then I said, “Ok, let’s read it, let’s read the New Testament.”
I read the New Testament. And then I arrived to Matthew 21:7, where we can see that Yeshua came to Jerusalem on a donkey. And I remember that as a child this question and immediately I said, “I was right from the beginning that He will come to Jerusalem on a donkey” and immediately I felt the presence of Yeshua in the room and I welcomed Him into my heart and I accept Him to be my Lord and the Messiah of Israel and I believe that He is going to do the same things with the sons and daughters of Israel and of course these good things happened to me that he opened my eyes. I asked Him, “What about my brothers, what about my sisters, the Jewish people?” And He is going to do it, He’s going to open the eyes of the lost house of Israel. He is the Messiah, He is the Saviour of the World. You don’t need to be Christian for following Yeshua, you can remain Jewish and follow Him. It is ok, remember, the Jewish people, the Jewish teaching is speaking about the Messiah. So when the Messiah will come, He will fulfil the prophecy and He will fulfil the feast in Him and then it is a big feast.
That is what is happening in my life. This is why I have this joy because He fulfils all of the knowledge that I know about Messiah. When we look into the feast Passover, Passover speaks about the Messiah. Looking into the Tabernacles, it speaks about the Messiah. The feast of Shavuot, the feast of weeks, it is speaking about the Messiah. It is all giving a light to Yeshua, the Messiah and the Saviour of the world. So, now in this day I believe sixteen years in Yeshua and every day in my life it is a victorious and beautiful and I welcome you to search about Yeshua. Just challenge yourself and search about Him if He is the one, the Messiah and you will be surprised from the result.