Where do the Jews play a role in G-d’s plan?
“Israel has not fulfilled in any measure its role to be a priestly nation for over 2,000 years. That’s the charge against G-d’s people.” I would say that such a charge is saying that G-d made a mistake when choosing the Jewish people , no? Oh No! is the reply, G-d HAS a purpose for the Jews……. yet to be seen in the future.
OK, so let me ask you, what was the purpose of the nation of Israel from 400 ce – 1500 ce in G-d’s plan? To prove that G-d can preserve a nation? Is this a silly game where Israel is just a guinea pig so G-d can prove Satan wrong? The Jews are butchered just to prove a point? Were the people of G-d just put on earth so that they can reject Jesus so that the message can be preached to the gentiles?
Paul teaches that the Jewish rejection was a blessing to the nations, but at what cost to Israel? The blessing for the gentiles was at the expense of the murder of millions of Jews for centuries. Does that sit well with you? I know it doesn’t sit well with me.
How about G-d’s covenant with Israel in Isaiah 59:21 where G-d promises that His spirit and words will never depart from Israel? Was that including a break of 2,000 years? Can one totally ignore the supernatural preservation of Judaism despite all of the attempt (past and present) to eradicate Judaism?
I’m sorry if I’m a bit emotional, but I often feel that there’s an attempt to try and highlight all the “blessings” the gospels have brought the world and play down all the destruction it brought by conveniently placing the blame on “Christians who never knew Jesus” but that a cop out and simply not true. Some of the people that were behind the terrible suffering brought upon the Jews were people who spent hours on their knees praying to Jesus. They studied the scriptures and believed they were doing what G-d wants them to do. How can the Gospel that is supposed to be such a “blessing” be the source and root of such a curse?
The fact that today millions of Christians love Israel etc. won’t ever reverse past. Today so many Christians are coming to see the error of Church and the validity of Jewish teachings that were preserved at the pain of death. One needs not go that far, just look at replacement theology. Many Christians today admit that replacement theology is a stain on Christian history, but why stop there? What else is part and parcel of that same stain?
Is anyone out there????
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal