How It All Fits Together

Today we will go over how it all fits together. And if you are wondering just what it is that fits together, I will start by explaining what I mean.

And we will start out with God, which I think is a pretty good starting place.

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When God created everything he knew exactly what he was doing. He created human beings with Free Will and allowed iniquity within our personality so that we could choose to worship him. After all, if he never gave us the opportunity to refuse his instructions, then worshipping him would be an empty and unmotivated act, not much more than simply reacting to a stimulus.

God also knew that because of our iniquity, that is, the innate desire to sin, that we would eventually need some way to lead us into eternal communion with God by providing an invulnerable means of forgiveness, and that way is through his Messiah. This Messiah was promised, first and foremost, to and for the Jewish people but would later provide salvation for the entire world.

That’s what I am talking about when I said we would go over how it all fits together. Now, here we go…

God rid the world of that first group from Adam and Eve, as well as from Cain, and started a new batch of humans through Noah. Noah’s grandson, Abram (not Abraham yet) was the one God selected whose faith was so strong that he was chosen to be the father of many nations (thus renamed “Abraham”), which God promised to him in Genesis 17:4.

The next step in God’s plan was to also tell Abraham that through his descendants the entire world would be blessed (Genesis 22:18).

The next step comes hundreds of years down the road when God told Moses that the nation of Israel, now freed from Egypt and on their way to the Promised Land, will be his nation of priests to the world (Exodus 19:6). After that, God gives Moses the Torah (Exodus 20) which is God’s instructions to the Jewish people regarding how they are to worship him and treat each other.

And here is where Christianity has gotten it all wrong: the Torah is not just for the Jews. Before God gave the Torah to the Jewish people, he anointed them as his nation of priests. What does a priest do? The Priest is the Intercessor between God and the people, serving God by teaching the people about God, which includes the proper way to worship him and how they should live their lives according to God’s way. Well, if the entire Jewish nation is God’s priests, they aren’t “priesting” to themselves, so who are they the priests for? Obviously, they are God’s priests to the world! And since the Torah is the worshiper’s User Manuel, which God gave to the Jews as his priests to teach the nations (i.e., Gentiles), that proves the Torah must be for everyone.

And the last part of this puzzle is Deuteronomy 28, one of the last chapters in the Torah, containing God’s promises of blessings for obedience to the way we are to worship him and treat each other that he instructed us to do, in the Torah.

One other thing to point out: God chose Abraham not just because he was faithful, but because he was also obedient. Yes, obedience was an integral part of Abrahams’ righteousness, and God told that to Isaac in Genesis 26:5.

God promises blessings to those who obey him, and the blessings are to come through Abraham’s seed, the Jewish people, and God gave them his instructions (the Torah) to learn how to receive those blessings. After learning the Torah, as God’s priests to the world, the Jewish people would now teach the rest of the world how to receive those blessings.

The greatest blessing of all to come from the Jewish people is, of course, the Messiah.

He makes it possible for us all to receive forgiveness, which became impossible (in accordance with the Torah) when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Yeshua the Messiah made forgiveness possible because he replaced the need to bring an animal to the temple, which was always part of God’s plan.

One last time for those in the back row who may not have heard it all: God chose Abraham to be the father of a nation that would bring God’s promised blessings to the entire world through their teaching, as priests of God, the instructions God gave in the Torah which tell us how to receive those blessings, the greatest blessing of all being the Messiah.

That’s it- pretty simple when you know how all the pieces fit together, isn’t it?

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Until next time, l’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!

Comments

  1. Steven R. Bruck
    Cebador July 16, 2021 at 06:31

    The free will argument has never convinced me entirely, since I believe in God’s omnipotence (and that he is good). We may have a choice, but the choice we choose will depend on how we are, which depends on how God made us and where he placed us in time and space (when and where we live along with the things that happen to us). Therefore we have the same “choice” as a computer, that is very little to none. For example, it is true that Adam and Eve sinned by eating of the tree of good and evil. However, how could they know it was a bad decision if they could not differentiate good from evil? Did God really not know what was going to happen, since they made them as they were? Why didn’t he put a fence around it? If someone digs a pit and an ox falls on it, isn’t the one that digs the pit responsible to restore everything? We are God’s of course, so it does not apply to him, but I hope you get what I mean.

    Another option is that he created us without knowing what would happen (or refusing to know), which seems reckless being total destruction a possibility (or eternal torture as some say, which I don’t think it’s correct). If this is the case, the experiment has been a complete failure (according to most religious denominations), since the majority of all human beings that have ever existed are doomed, maybe 90%.

    Even if something as free will could exist, couldn’t him influence us until we choose what he wants? (as a parent does to a kid). I believe that God does not want anyone to be doomed forever and that he has the power to accomplish all his will, so I’m hopeful that eventually he will change all of us (even if it takes thousands of years).

    He also said (actually, he swore to himself!) that “Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue confess allegiance to me”, so that will happen either people want it or not (contrary to their free will).

    Finally, even if we assume both that there is a free will that God will respect and that we can choose to be destroyed, the question would have to be framed as follows: Do you want to live forever in blissfulness (with no requirements) or be destroyed? Because if one is destroyed for not accepting Yeshua or for not being good enough, that would be done against our free will. And if our free will is not respected in our destruction, why should it be respected in our salvation?

    • Steven R. Bruck
      Steven R. Bruck July 16, 2021 at 06:58

      Thank you for your input.
      I can understand your position, but the one underlying aspect of God that I feel you may be missing is that his ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:8-9), and your argument is logical but on the finite level of human understanding.
      I remember once reading about how, in Judaism, we explain free will and predestination: God is the Captain of a ship that is going from one place to another, and stops often at different ports along the way. People are allowed to get on or off the ship, as they wish, but despite what they do the ship will end up where God is directing it. It is up to us to stay on that ship or leave it.
      We have the ability to make a choice, and if we don’t, then we aren’t made in the image of God, are we? What is that? Well, there are many different opinions, but one thing that differentiates us from animals is that we are not controlled by instinct, and predestination is nothing more than instinct because we have no choice but to follow the way we were made.
      No, I cannot accept that God controls us and forces us to do anything. You’re right that he doesn’t want anyone to die (Ezekiel 18:23, one of my favorite verses) but he also wants us to love and worship him by our choice, not by his. However, I will agree that God can influence our choices because he can influence our environment, sending angels (either spiritual or human) to help us make the right choice, but ultimately it is up to us, and those who choose to worship God, accept Yeshua as his Messiah and try to live in accordance to the way God said we should: not Constantine, not Paul, and certainly not some Pope, but God.

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