For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (ESV)
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Ephesians 2:19 (ESV)
What is the Messianic Jewish Expositor?
A Messianic Jew is a Jew who believes in Jesus. I am a Messianic Jew. You could also call me a Jewish Christian. An expositor is someone who expounds. According to the dictionary to expound means to explain or discuss at length. I’ve always wanted to do that for people. That was my goal during the 46 years that I practiced internal medicine (I retired in May 2017 at the age of 70) and I suppose that I had lots of practice explaining things to my patients , especially what was wrong with them. Often explaining was the most important thing I could do for my patients. So my goal in this blog is to explain things.
Let me tell you something about myself. I was born of two Jewish parents in New York City and raised in a very culturally Jewish home. My parents, children of Eastern European immigrants, spoke Yiddish at home and we generally celebrated the Jewish holidays, especially Passover and Chanukah, but we did not go to synagogue. Yet my mother arranged for me to have my Bar Mitzvah and as things worked out it ended up being in an ultra Orthodox synagogue because the rabbi welcomed us even though we had not been synagogue members. A young rabbi came to our house to tutor me three times a week for several months to prepare me for the ceremony which was mainly in Hebrew.
After that, I did not continue at synagogue. I finished high school and college and went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1971. I married a Jewish woman in Pittsburgh and we had two sons. We attended a Reform synagogue, where the boys had their Bar Mitzvahs. The marriage was stressful and ended after 22 years. Several years later I met the woman who would become my second wife. Before our first date I was told she was a born again Christian. “You’d better watch out!” I said to myself, thinking that she might remind me of a fundamentalist preacher.
Suzanne turned out to be nothing like a fundamentalist preacher. She was not only beautiful but over the course of 14 months she came to love me unconditionally, and she also had (and has) a great love for Israel and the Jewish people. I had never experienced love like that before. We talked a lot about the Lord and before our marriage I embraced Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I never knew what it was like to have a genuine relationship with God before that and having that relationship was just wonderful. We’ve been married for 22 years now and those have been very blessed years.
Since meeting Suzanne in 1995, I’ve been reading and studying about God pretty much non stop. I’ve tried to find the answers to many questions such as why do so many people hate the Jews?, why do so many churches consider Israel as an impostor nation and not the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy?, why do so many Jews refuse to consider Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Lord?, what does it mean to be born again?, and where will I go after I die? These are just a few of the questions I’ve sought answers to.
At this point in my life I am still of sound mind and body and I have more time available than I’ve had since I was a kid. I feel a strong leading to use this time and some of the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the last 23 years to try to explain things and to answer questions that others, especially Jews, but not only Jews, may be burdened with. That is the purpose of this blog, The Messianic Jewish Expositor. I’m hoping that you’ll read some of the posts and let me know what you think.
Arthur P. Wolinsky
April 29, 2018