Tom and Joe were partners in a business. As they walked up the path to the office one day they encountered a man exiting the door that they were about to enter. The man asked them what they were doing here and where did they think they were going. They responded by explaining that this was their office and that they were going to work. The man then informed them that he had just bought the business from the lady behind the desk and that they no longer had the right to enter the building. They informed him that the “lady behind the desk” was simply their secretary and that she had no right to sell the business and that he had just been the victim of a scam.
In this parable, we are in the position of the “lady behind the desk”. The business does not belong to us; we only work here and our first obligation to the business is that we recognize this truth. When the missionary approaches us and asks us to sell our soul to Jesus, we must recognize that we are not authorized to enter into negotiations on this matter. Our souls belong to the One who breathed them into us in the first place and to no-one else. The Jewish people as a national unit have never entered into negotiations with the Church for the purchase of their souls and they never will.
Furthermore – while the Church authorizes man to decide between Judaism and Christianity on the basis of his or her study of Scripture, Judaism does no such thing. Judaism does not believe that God gave us the Scriptures so that we can decide which belief system is correct. God first gave us a belief system and only in the context of that belief system did He give us the Scriptures. The Scriptures themself testify to this truth.
The Scriptures declare that before God gave Israel any book He had already taught them who it was that they were to worship and who and what they were not to worship (Deuteronomy 4:35). Scriptures testifies that before God gave Israel any book He already established the validity of Moses’ prophecy (Exodus 19:9). These two axioms (Israel’s perception of God and the authenticity of Moses’ prophecy) are the mainstays of the Jewish belief system. It is only in this context and on this background that God gave us Scripture. The only way to read the Scriptures is in the context of these truths that God Himself directly imparted to the Jewish people.
The Scriptures are here to guide and instruct, but they are not here to help us decide who to worship.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal