One of our missionaries got a chance to chat with a young Orthodox Jewish man about Jesus as well as early church history.
Our staff member initially brought up a few striking parallels between Jesus and the Baal Shem Tov, a prominent Jewish leader who began a movement within Orthodox Judaism called Hasidism. The Orthodox man seemed intrigued and listened carefully, but then claimed the movement Jesus began was different and faulty because it did away with the Torah (the Law). He listened very openly when our staff member quoted Jesus’ own words, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Hearing these words for perhaps the first time captivated him, and he asked follow-up questions.
Please pray Jesus’ words would stick and cause this young man to do more research on what He meant by “fulfill” the Torah.