If St. Patrick Had Been Jewish…
People would be standing in line for corned beef and cabbage on rye.
The national flag of Israel would have been white and green:
Leprechauns would be singing Hava Nagila:
But then again, there are some similarities between St. Patrick and the Jews:
• St. Patrick was a slave in Ireland.
• The Jews were slaves in Egypt.
• St. Patrick kicked the snakes out of Ireland.
• In the book of Exodus, Aaron’s staff turned into a snake and ate up Pharaoh’s snakes.
• St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain that God is three in one.
• Jews could use the shamrock to explain that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
OK, so the parallels aren’t perfect. But most of all, St. Patrick is known for bringing the message of Jesus to the pagans of Ireland.
Maybe Patrick should have been Jewish.
Because we Jews are supposed to bring the message of God to the entire world. And that message is the good news that Jesus (Y’shua) is the Messiah for Jews and Gentiles everywhere!
You don’t have to be Irish to love Y’shua. In fact, his first followers were all Jewish.
Maybe if we had done what we should have, we would have brought the Jewish message of Y’shua to the non-Jews of Ireland before Patrick.
But it’s not too late! If you become a follower of Y’shua, you can tell others about it. Maybe even over a nice lunch of corned beef and cabbage.
Scholar in Residence, Missionary
Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.