Before you read this post let me say at the onset, I am not throwing Ann Graham Lotz under the bus. What I will do however is reiterate a complaint written many times by me and posted throughout the nearly 8 years of writing this blog.
Okay, so I went to see the movie, "Patterns of Evidence, The Exodus" whereby at the end of the movie a panel discussion takes place. Ann Graham Lotz participates in the discussion. Now, I think that what she does, certainly representing the Graham legacy as well as Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) is without reproach. However, when talking about Jesus to a Jew, (Dennis Prager) as was the case during the ensuing discussion, The Jewish identity of Jesus (Yeshua) in my opinion, is presented to Jewish people from a Christian narrative but never articulated based on the reality of HIS/Their culture. During the discussion Ann Graham Lotz said, [paraphrasing] Jesus spoke of the Exodus, kept the passover etc, etc, etc. The insinuation almost patronizing because of the churches knowledge of the event. The Jews have no clue? This is and continues to be insulting. I cannot tell you how many "Believing" Jews have said to me: "We know who Jesus was, you folks don't!" (I have realized, they are right in many, many, many regards)
My complaint: Jesus also kept everyone of the Laws outlined in Leviticus (unto death in fact), kept the Sabbath, taught Torah, quoted the prophets (in particularly Isaiah) kept all of the commanded festivals of God (Leviticus 23) participated in Purim & Hanukkah. He never broke one "Principal" taught to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Moshe) based on the salvation message of God namely, Thy Kingdom Comes....HE WAS JEWISH, "to the Jews First" It was not part of his ministry to become a New Testament Christian.
Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said to them, “I am not sent except to the sheep that have strayed from the house of Israel.”
All of God's principals are born via, HIS LAW. Jesus represented the Culture God initiated into this people when he...set them apart. He did not do away with principal...and even Noah had Grace. Not a new thing due to the Gospel Message (That Abraham knew) right? The kicker is, One God whether flesh, spirit, water, air...and just about everything else that you can touch, taste, hear, smell, and see that is...HOLY. Now describe all five of them?
The wisdom of Ann Graham Lotz is not in question but rather [and because she demonstrated so via her responses] the Hebraic identity of the scriptures. New Testament Theology robs us, all of us who came to know Jesus through seminary teachers. Those letters simply had yet to be penned. Equally, the biblical narrative started four millennia earlier. The Bible is not a Western, Theological construct for Church teaching but rather a book of Jurisprudence. Israel is at the center of the entire narrative due to what God is doing through this nation, this land, this people. The life, death and resurrection story happened with these people. The nation of Israel is "Born Again" just like dry bones made to live!
My image of the Christian who presents a very resolute, proper, unvarnished, telling of the story of Jesus without his cultural identity which is purposed...is like watching a visual facsimile or the movie, The Stepford Wives
Many blessing to you Ann Graham Lotz but, consider reconnecting Jesus to TORAH, watch what happens!