A friend wrote me recently about a surge in Messianic Judaism in his country; it is a blend of evangelical Christian theology with Jewish traditions, like observing the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. I told him this movement is nothing new.
Paul warned Peter against those who
were compelling Gentiles to live like Jews, denying them their
freedom in Christ, and putting them under a yoke of slavery for
not celebrating holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths, things
that were only shadows of the reality yet to come, Christ himself (Gal. 2:14, 5:1; Col 2:16-17).
It is easy to see these practices as shadows. But to some
degree, and in our own ways, do we not find ourselves still living in the shadows rather than the full light of our freedom in Christ? “Satan, the god of this
age, has blinded the minds of unbelievers [and ‘unbelieving’ believers] so
that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory [the reality] of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4).