The Land of Our Ancestors

The Land of Our Ancestors

 

 

“And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” (1Kings 21:1-3)

Naboth’s response to Ahab was not merely a mundane refusal to sell a piece of property; it was a lesson about life.

You see, Ahab had lead Israel into idolatry. He encouraged his people to give their hearts in devotion to the forces of nature that were seen as deities by the surrounding nations. In his rejection of Ahab’s offer to buy his vineyard Naboth packaged a rebuke against the idolatrous ways of the evil king. A sellout of one’s ancestral lands to satisfy the hungry greed of an arrogant monarch compares to the act of idolatry in three different ways. The strong language of Naboth’s response would lead us to believe that he had at least one of these ideas in mind if not all of them.

The loyalty that one should feel toward his own family would stand in the way of such a sale. How could I give away something that was meant so much to my parents? How could I give away the very piece of land that my ancestors so faithfully preserved just so that I should inherit it?

The relationship that Israel shares with God is the most precious possession of the nation. Our ancestors literally gave their lives so that we can inherit this gift. How can one callously throw this gift overboard just to satisfy the avarice of a deity that our fathers never knew?

We understand the desire of a greedy person to acquire more land. Such a desire is rooted in a lack of satisfaction with one’s own station in life and reflects a desperate desire to amass more wealth and more power. We recognize such a desire in our own hearts and we identify it as evil. Selling one’s land to satisfy this desire is an acceptance of the fact that this desire has a legitimate role to play in human society. The refusal to acquiesce to such a desire reflects a protest against greed. A Godly person would want to see such desires eradicated from the hearts of men and will do all in his power to remove greed and avarice from the realm of human activity.

We can also understand the desire of a finite existence to amass unto itself the adulation of hearts that do not belong to it. It is the same hunger for power and honor that moves the greedy person to amass material property. Submitting to such a desire is an acceptance and an approval of greed and gluttony.

Worship of God has nothing to do with greed and gluttony. God is the Creator of all and as such everything belongs to Him already including our own hearts. Devotion to God is simply the acknowledgment of a truth that exists already. It is not giving to one what belongs to another.

Finally, when someone sells his ancestral land he is showing that he does not feel secure with the station allotted to him by God. Such a person feels a need to go to a place where God did not put him in order to find himself. One who lives with trust and security in God will find all of their needs met precisely in the place that God placed them and will not find it necessary to travel beyond those boundaries.

The same lack of trust in God that leads to abandonment of one’s true station in life leads also to idolatry. People turn to idols when they feel insecure with the One that called them into existence to begin with. If people would recognize that we have everything with our Creator they would never turn to a fellow subject of God to find security.

Naboth’s message to Ahab rings true today as it did then. If you are a Jew, don’t throw away your most precious inheritance. No human being should give in to the desire of another person for adulation and worship. And every human being can be sure that the One who created us all can amply provide for all of our needs without the services of one of His subjects.

There is no reason to give your heart to anyone aside from the One who called it into existence to begin with.

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13 Responses to The Land of Our Ancestors

  1. Annelise says:

    I can’t fully grasp the third thought… I value the practical part of it a lot… But can’t we buy, sell, change, and move at opportunities during life? Especially if it didn’t involve ancestral land in Israel… Wouldn’t it be normal, even wise and productive, since out possessions don’t exactly define our God-given station in life?

  2. paul says:

    Zech ch 2v8
    For thus says the Lord of hosts (JHVH): “He sent me (JHVH-son) after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you, touches the apple of his eye. For surley I will shake my hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their sevants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.

    Only the Lord God Himself, Yeshua Messiah God and King of the Jews can and will restore Israel.

    Acts ch1 v6-7. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him saying “Lord, will You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?”And He said to them “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

    Accept the Lord Christ Yeshua and circumcise your hearts from the heardness of your fathers rejection. Christ is returning for His bride, the true church. Do not be left behind and suffer the consequences of the tribulation as Daniel and many others speaks of.

    If you think Europe was bad for the nation of Israel, the worst is yet still to come. Do not be foolish by turning a blind eye to the scriptures. You cannot reject God and not suffer the consequences!
    ( A basic biblical principle).

    • Annelise says:

      A person who is sent is not the one who sends him/her.

      • paul says:

        Hello
        Well of course in the sphere of a person who doesnt believe in a triune Godhead that is true. However from a believers scriptual point of vew its easy to see.

        I can never make you see scriptual truth, that is impossible. Only the Lord God of Israel can open your eyes, by Gods grace through faith in Him.

        The NT isnt shy in explaining that even some of the disciples had a lack of this understanding. However they did have a foundational belief in Christ, although all things hadnt quite fell into place as yet. So you see here in the NT just a straight forward account of history just has it happened, mans inability to see all things instantly but with Gods ability to water the seed, one will grow.The seed does have to be planted first though.

        All these analogises I read here are just the typical road that the world uses to (try) disprove scriptual truths. The word of God and the word of God alone is absolute in its fulness to bring men to salvation. Not school yard stories. If God wanted analogises in scripture im sure He would have added them in.

        • Annelise says:

          So you’re saying there’s no plain evidence in the texts, and that worship of J can even be a counterintuitive reading… Even though the Israelites were really cautioned to not worship a created being as God or be led astray by their hearts.

          If there’s no plain evidence coming from Christianity then we will keep following God in the relationship we have with Him, and we have nothing to listen to in an unsubstantiated reading.

    • Sharbano says:

      Who the heck is JHVH. Never heard of him. That Yeshu must have been a Very Very big man, as Shlomo says the entire Temple could not contain Hashem.

      And speaking of Acts. Can you tell me how many errors Stephen made in Acts 7, especially considering he was “filled with the holy spirit”. Evidently this holy spirit didn’t know Torah very well.

      Shlomo also said about times to come that Israel would Not follow the God of their fathers. Where was Yeshu during the time of Moshe. Was it Joshua. I’ve never read anywhere in Tanach where it says to “accept the messiah”. The ONLY thing it Does say is to follow the Torah of MOSHE. I don’t think the Xtian Paul was Moshe reincarnated. No matter where a person looks it is ALWAYS about following the Mitzvot.

      Instead of preaching Yeshu heed the words of the prophet Tzefanyah concerning those who swear by Hashem and then swear by Their King (Yeshu). Those clothed with foreign attire (robes of Yeshu) will be a sacrificial feast. But, in the end these people who come from the ends of the earth (US?) shall say surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthless idols. So says Yirmiyahu.

      Therefore, do you think any Jew would “sacrifice” his inheritance and forsake Hashem and His promises.

  3. paul says:

    Hello.
    Well I hope no Jew would sacrifice his or her inheritance, however history tells us a different account. Its only by Gods grace that He keeps a remnant for His Name. If Moses had not interceded on Israels behalf then the Lord God would have blotted you out long ago. So yes God will keep His covenant promises, but through His Son Christ, not through the children of Israel. The children of Israel will benifit from the covenants as per scripture. The bible teaches that we have a relationship with the creator because of His love for us, not visa versa.

    I cannot show you any errors in Acts ch 7, because they arent any.

    Can you say that you live by the Law of Moses today? Im very interested in the requirements of going to the temple at least 3 times ayear minimal. ???

    You are correct by stating that following Messiah in the OT is no where to be found. However Israel were warned to follow the angel of the Lord and obey Him. This angel is very clearly the second person of the triune Godhead, a pre incarnate Christ. You are also correct about Paul NOT being a reincarnate Moses. The NT doesnt teach such.

    Are you referring to Shlomo Avineri? Is that why God destroyed your temple and had Israel dispersed to the four corners of the world, because God was to big to dwell there. I cant find that teaching in scripture. I do find though a teaching of banishment, exile and no temple through you rejecting the Lord God AND King of the Jews Yeshua Messiah!

  4. Sharbano says:

    As a matter of fact a Jew would lose his inheritance if he were to follow Xtianity, which, for a Jew especially, is idolatry. It is what caused the original split among Israel. The northern kingdom was following essentially the Xtianity of their time. Since modern Xtianity has it roots in Babylon the parallels are consistent.

    Regarding Moshe’s interceding: It is not unlike when G-d spoke to Adam after eating from the tree. He spoke in order to solicit a certain response from Moshe. By His threat it caused Moshe to do as Avraham had done.

    There is no place in Tanach that Hashem says He will “keep” a promise through a particular man. Instead, we Do find where it says Not to trust in the “Son of Man”.

    Before I give the answers to Acts 7 I suggest you study each item Stephen says and then post the corresponding text from Torah that substantiates the statement. I understand there are study bibles that give a reference to what source it is derived from.

    There are a great many Jews today who keep the entire Torah today, that is, what is applicable to this time. When the Temple is restored once again it will be as in days past. This according to Yechezkel, sin sacrifices and all.

    How can there be a “pre incarnate” godhead. This exemplifies my statement regarding Xtianity and Babylon. The difficulty arises from misunderstandings of the the multiple levels of realities, that is, primarily between the spiritual and the physical. If the two were of the same existence then there would not have been a need to create angels. It is the reason why a human being simply cannot hear a literal voice of Hashem. If anything, all it will be is a “sense” of something. This is because of a contrary nature of the two. To be close in a physical realm requires a proximity towards each other, whereas the spiritual realm the closeness comes from a resemblance. The more a person becomes Godlike, the more a person gains closeness. This is accomplished through performing the Mitzvot and Mitzvah comes from the root word tzavta, which means connection. Therefore to have that connection (closeness) to Hashem He created the Mitzvot in order to achieve that goal. Therefore the idea of a pre-incarnate god is wholly antithetical to Judaism.

    Furthermore, there is the issue whereas the ‘level’ that Hashem is at is far removed from Our level of existence. This is alluded to in Kohelet 5:7 that speaks of the higher and higher levels, or planes, of existence. One method of understanding would be if He would “literally” descend on Our existence it would collapse Our existence into a singularity. When He “descends”, as at Mount Sinai, His energy, so to speak, is ‘filtered’ through these levels so as not to cause utter destruction of the universe. It is the reason for the multiple levels of angels the prophets speak of.

    I was referring to Shlomo HaMelech when he dedicated the Temple. Where in Tanach do you find that exile is the result of “not accepting the messiah”. As it is written, G-d will not do anything unless He first “reveals” it to his prophets. What Xtianity wants us to believe that he revealed it, but it was “hidden”. It cannot be revealed AND hidden. It’s either one or the other. To say otherwise is making G-d counterproductive, and less than Omnipotent. As it is also written, “Only you, Israel, have I known” and thus, subsequently punished.

    There can be many reasons for the exile to the four corners of the world. A primary reason is simply survival. G-d’s throne will not be established until the end of Amalek. As long as Amalek survives there is the possibility that Israel could be extinguished, but with a dispersion Amalek cannot reach each and every Jew in the world. Considering that G-d would know about the rise of Roman Xtianity and its hatred of the Jew, a dispersion would prevent even more deaths. If all the Jews of the world lived in Israel at the time of the destruction it may have been the end.
    Many have said the Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred. But how that is derived can also be interpreted just the opposite. It could very well be that it is due to accommodating an evil person instead of destroying the evil in our midst.

    It is quite clear and evident that when Mashiach does come, in truth, it will be known throughout all nations. That is prophecy, and what Xtianity says notwithstanding. Yeshu certainly did Not come as a king, quite the contrary, he came to divide. Some king that would be.

  5. David says:

    What is the Jewish consensus (if there is one) as to why Israel occupies only a fraction of what God promised? Is it believed that there is a biblical reason for that?

    If so, is because they violated the warning not to intermarry as in Joshua 22:12,13, or is it that they reneged on their promise not to go after other gods as they promised in Joshua 24:16, or is something else entirely?

  6. Sophie Saguy says:

    David — the modern country if Israel is not yet the fulfillment of the promises by G-d to return ALL the Jews to the land. The messiah has not yet come. Moses himself told us what would happen. Read D’varim / Deuteronomy 30 paying particular attention to “keeping all His commandments and decrees, as they are written in this book of the Torah, and when you return to G-d your Lord with all your heart and soul” — not worshiping a man as if he were a god. . .

    D’varim / Deuteronomy 30: “There shall come a time when you shall experience all the words of blessing and curse that I have presented to you. There, among the nations where G-d will have banished you, you will reflect on the situation. 30:2 You will then return to G-d your L-rd, and you will obey Him, doing everything that I am commanding you today. You and your children [will repent] with all your heart and with all your soul. 30:3 G-d will then bring back your remnants and have mercy on you. G-d your L-rd will once again gather you from among all the nations where He scattered you. 30:4 Even if your diaspora is at the ends of the heavens, G-d your Lord will gather you up from there and He will take you back. 30:5 G-d your L-rd will then bring you to the land that your ancestors occupied, and you too will occupy it. G-d will be good to you and make you flourish even more than your ancestors. 30:6 G-d will remove the barriers from your hearts and from the hearts of your descendants, so that you will love G-d your Lord with all your heart and soul. Thus will you survive. 30:7 G-d will then direct all these curses against your enemies and against the foes who pursued you. 30:8 You will repent and obey G-d, keeping all His commandments, as I prescribe them to you today. 30:9 G-d will then grant you a good surplus in all the work of your hands, in the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your livestock, and the fruit of your land. G-d will once again rejoice in you for good, just as He rejoiced in your fathers. 30:10 All this will happen when you obey G-d your L-rd, keeping all His commandments and decrees, as they are written in this book of the Torah, and when you return to G-d your Lord with all your heart and soul.”

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