Messianic Jewish Music: The Sacrifice Lamb


To really understand Christianity...one must understand it from within the framework of its Jewish history.

Jan van Eyck "Ghent Altarpiece", 1432
Detail: the lamb


Jesus, Jewish by birth, brought his message to "his" people first.  All of his disciples were Jewish and Paul, who is credited with writing a large portion of the New Testament was a Pharisee, a strict, high ranking order among the Jewish people of his day.


The early Christian church was often made up largely of converted Jews, but many also rejected Jesus as their messiah. 

At the same time, Christianity spread among the Gentiles (non-jews) to the point that today some Christians don't fully understand the Jewish context of their faith.

Lamb, a Christian music group from the 1970's was made up of musicians who were  Jewish by birth.





Their music holds a wonderful place for many Christians because...as Jewish men...they well knew Christianity from within their own Jewish backgrounds...and it is clearly reflected in the music they wrote and performed.

In 1972 Messianic Jewish Music released a beautiful song by Lamb called The Sacrifice Lamb.



Written and sung by Joel Chernoff
Music by Rick "Levi" Coghill
©1972 Messianic Publishing Company

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1 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth. 

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge[ my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.




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