This is my Beloved
“I shall take you to Me for a nation and I shall be to you for a God.” (Exodus 6:7)
Entering into a covenantal relationship with God changes you. You become a different nation. What is beautiful to other nations is not beautiful to you and what is happiness for other nations is not happiness for you. Not only does your outlook change but your heart and soul need to change.
Other nations exert themselves in a never ending effort to achieve security and prosperity. You are different. You learn to disregard that which others fear and feel secure in God’s embrace. You find joy and happiness in bringing God’s commandments to fruition and that is your entire focus.
As a nation that is bound to God in a covenantal relationship you have a different responsibility than do other nations. You are not responsible for the physical survival of your nation; that is God’s responsibility. Your responsibility is to maintain your end of the covenantal relationship and to pass on to your children that which you received from your parents.
At the time of the exodus God removed us from the family of nations. He removed us from the attitudes and mentality that is common to the nations and He made us a nation unto Himself.
Have we always lived up to the calling of being a nation apart? Not quite. But there have always been righteous men and women in our midst who set the example for us. And the core of the covenant has always stayed with us just as God promised (Isaiah 59:21).
If you want to understand why the Jewish people have taken a certain stance you need to see the world from the eyes of a nation who stands in a covenant relationship with God. You need to experience the joy of standing before the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth in communal prayer together with the full stature of the nation of Israel with your heart, both collective and individual, open to no one but Him. And then perhaps you will realize how jarring it sounds when someone taps you on the shoulder and tells you that you can’t approach your Divine Covenantal Partner without first submitting to someone else, and then to top it all off, he calls his message “good news.”
In order to understand the Jewish people you need to experience the connection to God inherent in bringing one of His commandments to fruition. Feel the closeness to God, the security in God, the love of God and the comfort of His embrace that is inherent in fulfilling His command. And then try to listen to someone tell you that the path of the Law is hypocritical, legalistic, arrogant and ungodly; all of this under the slogan “if you would have believed Moses you would believe me.”
To see things from the eyes of the Jew you need to try to put your heart into the Jew’s relationship with God. Try to feel the pure joy of knowing that your yearning heart is in the hand of the One who created it. Try to imagine the elation of being loved by the Master of the universe, not only as a human being, but as a member of a nation that He chose unto Himself. And then try to hear someone tell you that you should enter into a more “fulfilling” relationship then the one you enjoy now.
You don’t need to go through these exercises in order to know that Christianity is false. If that is all you want to know you could take the path of a police officer who wrote to me: “… something wasn’t adding up. I was a cop for 25 years so I started investigating it, using the same methods I did on the PD. The evidence for Christianity is scant at best, the majority being hearsay or fabricated that would never be allowed in a court of law.”
But if you want to see the matter from the perspective of the Jew you need to try to put your heart together with ours.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal