It’s a Mystery

Remarking on a Face book thread on a recent Succoth event at the Western Wall or Kotel inside Jerusalem’s Old City, a Christian remarked how:

“They do have such joy under the old covenant!!! Lol Fantastic!”.

mysteryThey of course are the Jews having such fun under the ‘old’ covenant. What amazed me was how much the Christian was under the spell of nearly two millennia’s semantic theological agenda by the Church where the New has absorbed the Old. The Church has absorbed Israel, the Jewish people are stripped of their essence, if not their very existence and their suffering proves the Christians right! Very quickly the two millennia Church agenda, not to mention the inquisitions/ blood libels etc., was smoothed over by an apology by the Christian that they meant the “Hebrew Scriptures” and not the ‘old’ testament. Jews who mention inquisitions/ blood libels etc., are just plain intolerant!

The above re-wording to ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ did not stop folks on the thread however; to insist that there is a ‘new’ covenant in the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ (Jer 31:31-34) which is more fully explained in the ‘new’ testament. The problem with the ‘new’ covenant in the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’  per Jer 31:31-34, is that it is not new in terms of content but rather how the content is applied to a person from the House of Israel:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. Jer 33:33,34

No mention of the house Judah because the Jews have been doing the Torah for well over 4000 years now. Whereas the House of Israel [lost 10 tribes] was taken into captivity and dispersed into the nations. Essentially “Christian Israelites” need to consult the Jews as to what this Torah is all about? (cf Jer 16:19-21)

No mention of a messiah or believing in a messiah here folks! No mention of a messiah dying as the atonement either. SomystNT where do the Christian folks in the thread and Christians get it from? The answer is that they get it from the New Testament alone, nowhere else! And just how this life threatening ‘new’ covenant, believe in Jesus and his sacrifice alone or otherwise it’s the eternal BBQ for you[1] supposed to be understood? Well that is the easy part for the Christian; it’s not meant to be understood it’s simply all a mystery! By definition of the term mystery it’s anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown like the mysteries of nature or any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation. The New Testament has 28 such mysteries[2] and the whole Jesus thing is the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people[3]. Which means that nobody knew about the whole divine/ human sacrifice atonement eternal BBQ thing or else until Jesus came on the scene because it had been kept hidden for ages and generations.

The convenient use by Christians of the term mystery allows deliberate ignorance of context of scripture and the role of the Jewish people as part of G-d’s plan for the whole of humanity. It is little wonder that Christians can make the wild claims for Jesus based on their misrepresentation and false idea that Jesus came on the scene and made a new revelation which had been kept hidden for ages and generations.

In stark contrast there are no mysteries in the ‘old’ testament. In fact it is quite the opposite:

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut 29:29

I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right. Is 45:19

If the Torah is considered, God sets down before His people a passage[4] which gives a clear portrait of the Messianic era. The clear portrait is not one that is ambiguous and murky. Rather, God used sharp and well-defined brush strokes to paint this portrait. From the passage, the return of Israel to her land will be precipitated by her repentance. The passage teaches that repentance means turning back to obedience of God’s law as Moses taught it (i.e. all 613 commandments). The passage also teaches that repentance is effective even when Israel is in exile and when it is not possible to bring a blood offering. Further, the passage shows that God will accept exiled Israel’s repentance even before He circumcises their heart. Finally, from the passage it is learned that the commandments that Moses taught us, will be fully observed in the Messianic era. In stark contradistinction, Christianity teaches that Israel’s return to the teachings of Moses, will play no part in the ushering in of the Messianic era (cf Mal 4:4 – 6).

A defining feature of the messianic age is the desire of gentiles to learn the Torah:

And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law (Torah), and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

In sum if G-d had wanted the Jews to know the importance of Jesus as per Mark 16:16 and all that believe in him alone/ or it is the eternal BBQ for you nonsense, he would have told us way back then would he not?

Dagon

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[1] see Mark 16:16

[2] The Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery” means a truth given and revealed only to a select few that was unknown until it was revealed.

[3] Col 1:26

[4] “1 And it shall be that all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse that I have set down before you, and you will bring it to your heart amongst all the nations that the Lord your God has driven you. 2 And you shall return unto the Lord your God and you shall hearken to His voice according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul. 3 And the Lord your God will return your captivity and He will have compassion upon you, and he will return and gather you from all the nations that the Lord your God has scattered you there. 4 If your outcasts be at the ends of the heaven, from there will the Lord your God gather you and from there will He fetch you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your ancestors inherited and you shall inherit it, and He will do you good and He will multiply you more than your ancestors. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your children to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul for the sake of your life. 7 And the Lord your God shall place all these curses upon your enemies and upon those that hate you who have persecuted you. 8 And you will return and hearken to the voice of the Lord and you shall do all His commandments that I command you today. 9 And the Lord your God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hands, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your land, for good, for the Lord will turn to rejoice over you for good just as he rejoiced over your ancestors. 10 When you hearken to the voice of the Lord your God to keep His commandments and statutes which are written in this book of teaching, when you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-10).

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