Archive for July, 2013

Gentiles preparing the world-to-come

July 19, 2013

Today I read the parsha of the Torah which has the ten commandments. It’s the core of the Torah. It came in two versions, the first one was destroyed and the second one was a new version. It has a promise in it: when you shall enter the land, then … and so on. It was a new covenant. There are also two levels of fulfilment of it. The first level is that the people of Israel really came into the land, the second is that they will come into the promised land and will be equipped with a renewed covenant (Jer.31) so that they will keep the commandments. That’s what happens in our days.

Now what is interesting is that it states that the gentiles built the houses, vineyards etc. That’s what we read in Deuteronomy 6:10-11. …you (the Jews) didn’t built… didn’t fill… didn’t plant…

It shall be, when the Lord your God shall bring you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you, great and goodly cities, which you didn’t build, and houses full of all good things, which you didn’t fill, and cisterns dug out, which you didn’t dig, vineyards and olive trees, which you didn’t plant, and you shall eat and be full.

And that’s what we see in our days. After World War 2 we as Gentiles built the (western dominated) world as handy sons of Japhet.tel-aviv

Wouldn’t that world be destroyed? Not when we repent. Nineveh was saved because of repentance.

In the last two millennium the gentiles were often used the bring Jews to salvation in the Messiah Jesus.  (yes I know, hard to say, mainstream Christianity is not good, they persecute Jews.) They have a part in the plan of God. Blogger Derek wrote interesting articles on it here and here, explaining Isaiah.

What do we have to expect? That there will be a huge repentance of the Jewish people and a resurrection of the dead. (Rom.11)  And glory on earth, Jew and gentile. (Isaiah 60, 66)

Then they will live in the land and obey God’s statutes and ordinances like they were given 3500 years ago.

May peace come soon over this world!

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The new commandment of Jesus

July 1, 2013

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you. (John 13:34)

Honestly, it’s not that quite new. Hillel’s Golden Rule was known before, if the story really did happen. A fact is that is was commonly known that this rule was the most important according to human behavior.  It was the second part of the Great Commandment.

When John in his letters spoke of the brotherly love and the love of God etc. and when he spoke explicitly about the new commandment, he obviously had this “great commandment” in mind. Looking to the rule of Hillel it’s the core of all the commandments together. It was a one-word description of the whole Torah.

Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. (1John 2:7)

It fits perfectly in the rule of Hillel when it is told to gentiles. This is the first thing they have to do. A gentile who was about to come to a complete new environment of Jewish practices, was positively welcomed by Hillel and stimulated to “go and learn”.  Here a gentile was welcomed to learn Torah.

There was a New Commandment, a new entry for the gentile people. Jesus advocated this. And to add some practical laws to it, the apostles also gave the Seven Laws of Noah (or at least some rules based upon that) by the apostolic convent. (Acts 15) They clearly make a distinctive reduced set of rules for gentiles who joined the people of Israel. But the Great Commandment applies to all mankind and has all the other rules in it as it were.

Now, since the Messiah Jesus from God and the Holy Spirit, applies that great and so special love from heaven into the very heart of his people, by this love we are about to live as we first were dead. This pure love answers the commandment of love exceedingly perfect.

John also taught the rule of Hillel in his own version:

Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shines. He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now. He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1John 2:8-11)