New Israel, Same As the Old IsraelWednesday, Jul 11, 2012 4:47AM / Information / Members only
You diligently study the scriptures because you believe that by them you possess eternal life.
Jesus acquired the Pharisees for their determination to look at the scriptures and draw conclusions. They read into God's condemnation of the Israelite people because of their failure to help keep his laws, and they also became extreme law-keepers so they won't draw the same fate.
What they failed to appreciate was that all that had been designed in the scriptures had already come to pass. It was all retrospective. Men looked out of the window and saw how things were, and because things were by doing this they imagined that a God who knows all things must have known things were going to be this way. Not just did he realize it, but he said it - or made someone else say it.
The writer of a certain portion of Genesis looked out and saw the peace and prosperity of the nation of Israel under Solomon. It made sense to possess God promising Abraham,
"I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants because the stars of heaven and because the sand which is around the seashore. As well as your descendants shall possess the gate of the enemies, and by your descendants shall all of the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."
Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea; they ate and drank and were happy.
(1 Kings 4:20)
Jeremiah tried to do it in advance and came unstuck. God can't be second-guessed, The Bible is not a book that foretells the near future. Eventually, like others, Jeremiah could only predict your window and get to conclusions based on what he saw. When some of the population wound up in Egypt, history was revised to possess God warning when Israel did not keep your Law Covenant they'd wind up back in Egypt. We're here, so God should have warned that we could be here.
קייטרינג לאירועים קטנים
Christianity = Israel 2.0
New Israel carried on the tradition of old Israel. They saw the condition of the country at the hands of the Roman empire. God must have known, and into the mouth of Jesus they installed the prophecy of Jerusalem's downfall. When a full-stop was put at the end of the written word it became popular to examine it to see what was going to happen. They scoured the scriptures and applied these to their Messiah. Both ends of his life were shrouded in mystery - lots of chance to attach verses of scripture and make a mythology with words which had already had a credit card applicatoin.
When Paul likened Christians to Israel, finding an application of circumcision being those of one's heart, to ensure that by this means, "All Israel must be saved..." he was falling in to the same trap.
Jesus knew that salvation didn't originate from examining the scriptures. It came from self-examination. Every meaningful thing Jesus said involved self-examination. It was said with the aim of turning people inward, because only if they turned inward would individuals have any hope to be of any real use to themselves or other people.
"If you don't forgive men their sins, you Father won't forgive your sins."
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you allow would be the measure you get."
"You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give towards the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven."
"If you had been blind, you'd have no guilt; but now that you simply say, 'We see,' your guilt remains."
Jesus knew the long ago to God lay not in rehashing that old - new wine in old wine-skins - however in ripping up the old and throwing it away.
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