Abraham, River of Faith: Chapter four, part two
So, we have discovered the basic state of play for mankind in the time of Jesus. It was to this broken, fallen world that He came, draped in human flesh, Emmanuel, God with us. He ministered to the Hebrews, to the tribes of Abraham, to the Great barge, because only they could
know who He was. No one else would have understood His miracles, His sermons, His sacrifice. Having ministered for three years, He established His church, and prepared her to got out into the rest of the world, to make disciples of all men, in preparation for the day when the rivers merge again.
He explained by parable, that He wanted His hall filled, for the great day of His marriage, and that the disciples were to go and preach, ‘whosoever will’. From Matthew 22:
9 Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with [e]dinner guests.
This stands in stark contrast to the first journey on the Euphrates. The requirements were harsh, terrifying and immutable. There was no grey area for behavior under the Law. This seemed like a bum deal to the Hebrews; after all, they bore the Torah through the desert, and suffered greatly for it. We see the mind of Judah in the parable of the Prodigal: the older brother, the one who remained, was angry that the profligate was received. And in the parable of the vineyard, those who worked all day were angry that the wage was the same for those who worked an hour. To be honest, they kind of have a point.
It seems grossly unfair that the gentiles would be treated as family by El Shaddai. What was the point of separating out from the nations, if those nations are welcomed in anyway? I sympathize with the Hebrews in this: like Jonah, I have to call BS on what must be called as such. The Ninth commandment compels it. I can understand the older brother: why did he remain and work, if the younger could party and come back like nothing happened?
Well, as the story goes, the older brother, Judah, did not get shorted after all. The Father comforts him, and says, clearly in Luke 15
29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never [k]neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your [l]wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you [m]have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”
Yahweh has never left Judah, not even in the worst of times. He cannot, for Judah is His inheritance. While the Gentiles were welcomed in, to be loved, restored, and uplifted, he has no portion on the farm. It is, in fact, Judah’s farm. Now, please pay close attention to the following words:
This not about the love of God: this is about the proprietorship of the farm. Jesus loves all mankind, no exceptions. He paid for the sins of all people, no exceptions. He sent His disciples to all the world, no exceptions. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is supernumerary to all barriers, all thoughts, all constructs of matter or will than do or can exist. There is no power, in hard or limitless reality, that can interpose between the soul reaching to be saved, and mighty hand Yahweh to do so, as he attests in Isaiah 59.
That love belongs to all His progeny, no exceptions. However, the administrative functions of the farm-those are not handed out to the wedding guests. Those belong to Judah. This will rankle a few people-and let me state that I am a gentile by birth-but the facts are intransigent. The older brother has, as his portion, all the Father has. This is established by the leadership team of the next reality, the final one, immortal, impervious to darkness. Eternity is going to be run by thirteen Jewish men. One Messiah, Yeshua, and His twelve friends, the Apostles.
If you think that is incidental, try this. Flip a coin thirteen times in a row, and try to get all heads. Unless you have an Altered Carbon download, you will die of old age before that happens. A permutation of 2 to the 13th power is pretty huge; it’s a series circuit that fails the first time you flip tails-and that just represents that they are are males. That they are all Hebrew males-the chance of that event occurring is so astronomical that I can’t calculate it. It would be a theta value, which in Trigonometry is a number so small, it can be said to be 0, even though it is not.
So let’s face the facts: Judah has not been subjected to ‘replacement theology’. El may add to that number-after all, there were Ger who followed the Law, and were counted as native born, with an inheritance (ezek 47). But Judah is given reign over the estate. When all things come to an end, when the Millenium is over, and this world obliterated, the leadership team of New Jerusalem, which has a gate for each Tribe of Israel, will be Hebrews, and those who joined them on the Great Barge.
If this chaffs you, please remember that if you attending the wedding of the Lamb, you are not on fire. That is a benny worth-well, anything. If you are on fire, that is your job. Not being on fire is an amazingly good deal, especially when we earned it. So, I am alright if I say ‘Sir’ to a Hebrew-considering that I could be saying “AHHHHHHHHH!” as I run around perpetually immolated. Perspective, at times, is a virtue worth pursuing.
This segue will lead us right to where Paul discusses the Jew and the Gentile, in Romans 3, where he explains that Hebrews have lost nothing. Rather, the goyim have gained life, and the love of God, which can be spread around to as many as will receive them. Now, we have returned to Romans 4 again, where the circumcised and uncircumcised children of Abraham are being brought in their vessels. We will discuss the Kalak one more time, so that we can envision the day when all the vessels of faith join up in that happy armada, the Marriage of the Lamb.