Torch Bearers – Excerpt from the Elephant and the Suit

Torch Bearers

 

When God created the nation of Israel He planted a critical truth into the core of their beings. The Jewish people recognize that their responsibility towards God demands that they carry this truth though the corridors of history. Indeed, the dedication of the Jewish people to God’s truth brought them into conflict with every force of evil, but the spiritual core of the nation remained loyal to this truth. Ultimately, Israel’s steadfast commitment to God’s truth will be rewarded, and all the ends of the earth will acknowledge God’s truth and Israel’s mission as God’s witness will be vindicated to the eyes of all nations (Isaiah 43:10,12, 44:8).

 

What is this truth? And how was it implanted into the heart of Israel? I will allow the Bible to explain.

 

“30 When you are in distress and all these things have befallen you in the end of days, you will return unto the Lord your God and hearken to His voice. 31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God, He will not abandon you nor will He destroy you nor will He forget the covenant of your forefathers that He swore to them. 32 For inquire now regarding the early days that preceded you, from the day when God created man on earth, and from one end of the heaven to the other end of the heaven; Has there ever been anything like this great thing or has anything like it been heard? 33 Has a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire as you have heard, and survived? 34 Or has any god ever miraculously come to take for himself a nation from the midst of a nation, with challenges, with signs, and with wonders, and with war, and with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with greatly awesome deeds, such as everything that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 You have been shown in order that you know that the Lord, He is the God there is none beside Him.” (Deuteronomy 4:30-35)

 

The miracles of the exodus and the Sinai revelation served as a unique educational experience designed by God. This experience taught the Jewish people that there is but One Master of all existence     This was not a mere recital of words, or the handing over of a written text. This was an intense experience that brought the truth of God’s absolute reality to Israel’s heart in a way that words alone could never accomplish. This was not simply a matter of acquiring information. Many national entities are aware of the truth of God’s reality as a fact of knowledge. What was accomplished through Israel’s unique educational experience was that the truth of God’s reality was seared into the hearts of Israel with the deepest intensity. The intense appreciation for the truth of God’s reality is Israel’s exclusive possession.

 

God points to the awareness that Israel acquired through these unparalleled events as a gift that He granted to Israel, to the exclusion of every other national entity. The last generation of Jews is encouraged to look at the fact that this knowledge was granted to them, and to them alone, as the sign that God’s promises to them still stand.

 

Throughout history the Jew drew strength, courage and conviction from the fact that of all the nations of the earth, Israel alone was chosen by God to be the bearer of the ultimate truth. When the Churchmen would encourage the Jew to direct his or her devotion to Jesus, the Jew would say “no” on the basis of the knowledge that God had planted in the heart of Israel. When the Christian theologians would employ the paradoxical teachings of the trinity and the incarnation to encourage devotion to Jesus, the Jewish response was clear and unequivocal. The Jew would tell the Christian: “God Himself taught us everything we need to know about devotion. The teaching He granted us was comprehensive and complete. He alone is the Creator of all, and everything else are but His creations. Our hearts belong to the One who we encountered at Sinai and to no one else”.

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8 Responses to Torch Bearers – Excerpt from the Elephant and the Suit

  1. Annelise says:

    Today, 22 Tevet, is the anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Portugal in 1492. Some Jews chose to convert to Christianity officially to save their livelihoods, and yet despite that, the testimony of their heritage was irremovable from.the hearts of many. Five hundred years later some of their descendants have returned to the wider Jewish community and can trace their lineage through generations of hidden Jews who, despite inquisitions and the lack of real ability to learn and teach Torah in detail, continued practising their customs in secret. That is the strength of love like fire; many waters cannot quench love, which is at the heart of Jewish faithfulness to Hashem in Torah.

  2. Shomer says:

    Sacharja 8:23 KJV Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

    I know from Yecheskiel Ch. 37 or Yirmeyahu Ch. 31 that there are ten tribes which are not Jews returning to their home land (Erets Israel) and that a great reunification will take place. Then they will be given a new covenant (not earlier) and Jeremiah clearly explains how it looks like. I am convinced that the Mashiach is living amongst us already, yet unseen, who will carry out this reunification and restoration. According to Eze 37:27 the Mashiach’s name might be “David” and according to Deu 18:18 it might be “Moshe” – but “Jesus”? Never! I have all reason to believe I am a decendant of the so-called lost tribes.

    If all Jews had remained Jewish throughout all the pogromes during the run of time, or if, even better, no pogromes would have taken place, today Erets Israel would have to have the capability to host more than two billion Jews, not counting the two billion Efraimites from the northern kingdom. So I suggest to speak about a remnant.

    The translaters of Sach 8:23 didn’t know what a kanaf or what a tallit is. Too bad. Today, Jews wear almost everything (trousers, shirts etc.) but for sure no skirts. I have a question to Christians: Why don’t the ten men take hold of something of a Christian and ask them to go with them? I believe that the ten men (ten tribes) are scattered amongst Christians, too. Some Christians (very few) are coming out of their idolatry with “Jesus” and want to go with the Jews, with the torch bearers! Today, I am going so far to say that HaShem is not God but he’s ELOHIM. “God” in the Bible can be a pagan, Greek “Theos”, too. HaShem is echad (one) but “God” is a (triune) idol. HaShem has forbidden to worship “God” and to serve him.

    Today, all Christians celebrate the pagan winter solstice. The pagan Jesus was born as a sun divinity in Bethlehem according to their tradition. In Luke Ch 2 in the end I read that Yeshua must have had his BarMitzvah on Pessach. So, when was his birthday? All hostels in and around Yerushalajim were booked out. At that time, the winter solstice was celebrated by the Romans in Israel but never by Jews. So, on Christmas there were enough vacant hostel beds around which was not the case on Pessach.

    The church always tried to extinguish the torch bearers’ torch by blotting out Israel. They have failed so far and they will fail in the future but the names of their “Jesus” or “Mary”, very soon will be named in a row with forgotten Egyptian, Babylonian or Greek divinities. HalleluYAH!

    • Yedidiah says:

      The first day of spring and/or Easter/resurrection day was also a day of worship of the sun god & of nature deities, so a birthday of Jesus at the time of Pesach would still have their man-god into pagan worship and to mystery religion beliefs.

      • Yedidiah says:

        … a man-god still tied into pagan worship…. And saying Yeshua instead of Jesus does not break that pagan connection. Even Yeshua is a way of saying “he (Jesus) is salvation” instead of saying Yahshua, or “(God) YWYH is salvation”. And the word “salvation” greatly limits the meaning & the scope of the word “messiah” which thereby also minimizes or even negates some of the main elements of the Jewish concept of a “messiah/Moshiach”.

      • Shomer says:

        Sorry – Pessach is pagan? I’m talking about a Jew who was born on Pessach not about a Roman Catholic graven idol.

        • Yedidiah says:

          Why is it so difficult for you to believe that Roman Catholics or anti-Roman Catholic believers in Jesus can’t make Jesus into a “graven idol”? Few Catholics, or other Christians who believe in Jesus/Yeshua, do not disagree that Jesus was a Jew no matter what day they imagine him to have been born. Being a Jew does not prevent non-Jews from making that Jew an idol; calling him Yeshua and saying he was born on Pesach does not change anything. The name has been changed to protect the faith.

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