Many Jews believe a lot of the same things Christians believe.

Judaism is not just a religion, but also a whole race of people called the Israelites. They are God's special people, and have existed for nearly 4,000 years. All of the Israelites came from Abraham, whom you can read about in the Old Testament.

Jews believe in one God. This belief comes from Deuteronomy 6:4, and has a special name: the shema. It received this title because the first word in this verse in Hebrew is "shema," which means "hear." This verse says, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one."

Jewish people also believe in the Bible. They call their Bible the Tanakh, or the Holy Scriptures. They have three divisions to their Bible, which is just like our Old Testament—it's just arranged a little differently.

Jews have a special day of worship, which they call the Sabbath. God made this day for them when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8–11). The Jewish Sabbath day begins at sundown on Friday and continues until sundown on Saturday. The Jewish people also have a special place to worship, called a synagogue.

Even though the Israelites (Jews) are God's special people, many of them do not believe Jesus was the Messiah, or the Savior. As Christians, we know the Bible tells us that Jesus came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, and that He came back to life three days later. Jesus told us that believing in Him is the only way to heaven. There are some Jews who do believe in Jesus, though! They're called "Messianic Jews."

Jewish people have a special place in God's heart. God tells us exactly how we are to treat them in His Word. We are supposed to love them as He does.

Bible Truth

"You (the Israelites) are a holy nation. The LORD your God has set you apart for himself. He has chosen you to be his special treasure. He chose you out of all of the nations on the face of the earth to be his people" (Deuteronomy 7:6).

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6).



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