“Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’” (Acts 3:22-23, ESV).
Originally submitted for a grade for New Testament Orientation II for Liberty University October 30, 2020.
Many Christians today would like to throw out the left side of their Bibles. They claim that they are New Testament Christians. Some of these people teach that we need to stop saying “the Bible tells me so” like the popular child’s song says. The result of this is much of Christianity has forgotten God’s promises revealed in the Old Testament and the culture that was the result of it, Judaism. It doesn’t make since for Jesus on the road to Emmaus to explain all that the Old Testament said concerning his suffering, death, burial and resurrection if Jesus wanted the church to forget the Old Testament and start a new religion (Luke 24:26-27) The church needs to remember what God has done for His people for all time and the Jewish foundations found in the scriptures to recover what has been lost since the days of the early church. The Jewishness of Christianity can be seen in the early chapters of Acts.
Luke begins the book of Acts with Jesus appearing to his disciples for a period of forty days after his resurrection teaching his disciples about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). This is very similar to Moses being on Mt. Sinai for forty days and forty nights receiving instruction and the Law from the Lord concerning Israel, its civil laws, the priesthood, and laws concerning tabernacle worship (Exodus 20-31). When Peter asked Jesus if the kingdom was going to be restored to Israel, Jesus said that it was not for him to know when but to be his witnesses on earth (Acts 1:6-8). Jesus did not deny that Israel was going to be restored but said that it was not the disciples place to know when. This theme is projected in the Bible that God will one day restore all of Israel, though for now Jesus is largely rejected by the people of Israel, though not all reject him (Romans 11:25-27). After Jesus was taken up into heaven, the disciples are reported to be one hundred and twenty persons (Acts 1:15) Dr. Robert Wayne Stacey points out that this is the exact number of people needed to form a Jewish community.  The first recorded sermon by Peter was heavily influenced by the prophets Joel and David, and he explained Jesus’ death and resurrection using those prophets to Jews. The first nine to fifteen thousand converts were Jews (Acts 2-4). While there is much more that could be said, this is sufficient from the first two chapters of Acts to prove that Christianity was seen by Luke to be a Jewish sect, or better put the true Way of the Jews (Acts 24:14). Let us hold fast to the Old Testament and its revealed promises in the New Testament.
Stacey, Robert Wayne. The Jewish Setting of the Early Church in Acts Course Video. ( youtube .com, October 6, 2018). Accessed October 29, 2020
 Robert Wayne Stacey, The Jewish Setting of the Early Church in Acts Course Video, (youtube.com, October 6, 2018). Accessed October 29, 2020