The Ultimate Truth
The prophets of the Jewish Scriptures taught us to look forward to the Messianic age. These prophets described the Messianic age as a time in which the ultimate truth is revealed to all. What is that ultimate truth? What was the clarity that the prophets yearned to see instilled in the hearts and minds of all mankind?
We will shortly search the Jewish Scriptures, the books of these prophets, to find the answer to our question. But before we do that we will delineate the opposing views of Judaism and Christianity concerning this matter.
The Christian missionary is obsessed with the fact that the majority of mankind does not believe the Christian teachings about Jesus. The Christian yearns for the day when all of mankind will believe in Jesus. The Christian also looks forward to the day when all of mankind will believe that the worshipers of Jesus were correct in their faith.
The Jew is disturbed by the knowledge that the majority of mankind does not recognize their Creator. The Jew yearns for the day when all of mankind will fully acknowledge and accept the sovereignty of the One Creator of all existence. The Jew also looks forward to the day when all of mankind will recognize that Israel is truly God’s chosen people and that Israel’s trust in God was well-placed.
Let us now see what it was that the prophets of the Jewish Scriptures yearned for.
Moses described the revelation of the ultimate truth at the end of history; “See now that I, I am He there is no god with me, I put to death and I bring to life, I smite and I heal, and there is no rescuer from My hand” (Deuteronomy 32:39). Isaiah proclaimed: “…and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day” (Isaiah 2:11,17). Isaiah prophesied that on that day Israel will express her joy: “… behold, this is our God, we had hoped to Him that He would save us, this is the Lord to whom we have hoped, we shall exult and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). Ezekiel speaks of the knowledge that will permeate the minds of all men: “And the nations shall know that it is I, the Lord who sanctifies Israel when my sanctuary shall be amongst them forever” (Ezekiel 37:28).
The central truth of the Jewish Scriptures is the basic fact that everything belongs to God, and only belongs to God. Every word spoken by the prophets of the Jewish Scripture is an attempt to drive this truth deeper into the human psyche. The heart and soul of the Jewish Scriptures is the yearning that every created being fully acknowledge the absolute truth of God’s total sovereignty. The Messianic age that the prophets hoped for is a time when the full scope of God’s mastery is revealed to all.
The truth of God’s total mastery of all is also the heart of Israel’s calling as a nation before God. It was to Israel, and to Israel alone that God revealed that: “… the Lord He is the God, there is none else” (Deuteronomy 4:35). Israel is called upon to stand as God’s witness throughout history and to testify that: “… I (the Lord) am He, before Me nothing was created by a god, nor will there be after Me” (Isaiah 43:10).
The Christian teachings about the Messiah and the Messianic age, are seen by Jews as part of the darkness that the prophets yearned to see dispelled with the advent of the real Messiah. The Christian teaching that exalts one inhabitant of this earth and places him as a focus of religious devotion, is a contradiction to the central teaching of the Jewish prophets. According to the Jewish prophets, no inhabitant of earth is worthy of religious worship. The ultimate truth of Jewish Scripture is that every inhabitant of heaven and earth is completely subject to the One Creator of all. This is the heart of Judaism, and this is the ultimate truth that we will forever proclaim.
God promised that our loyalty to this truth will ultimately be vindicated (Isaiah 26:2).
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal