Jewish, Jewish, Everywhere, & not a drop to drink
Friday, January 24, 2003
Nice to hear from you.
Going to bed early is a healthy sign.
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise"
I think that it is safe to assume that when talking of THE "Covenant" that
Isaiah mentions, like many other prophets, is referring to the Covenant God
made with the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai.
I have looked up the reliable classic Jewish Torah commentators, and they all
say that this Isaiah prophecy, starting with Verse 1 of Chapter 24, is about
the end of days , and the punishments that the Children of Israel will have to
endure. (Remember, Isaiah lived before the Northern Kingdom of Israel was
destroyed and was warning its inhabitants about God's wrath).
Yes there are sevral covenants mentioned in the Torah, with Noah and Abraham.
But the more important Covenant, which was renewed a few times was the Covenant
between God and the Children of Israel who agreed to abide by God's laws when
they received the Ten Commandments (and thus the entire Torah included).
Isaiah is reminding them that they have abandoned their side of the bargain and
thus God is abandoning His side of the bargain thru certain punishments.
However, and this is crucial, the Covenant itself is NEVER broken, because as
you will see the prophet also talks about the REBIRTH of Israel, meaning that
even tho ironically the neglect of the Covenant is what causes the punishments,
it is that SAME covenant that gauranties the Children of Israel that they will
be redeemed and return to the land.See Isaiah Chapters 25, 26, 27, about the
Song and Jubilation of The Children of Israel's future redemption.
You can find the references to God's covenant with the Children of Israel at :
1)Exodus 24 , verses 1 to 11: "The Sealing of the Covenant".
2)Exodus 34, verses 27 to 34: "Renewal after the Golden Calf -'The Second
Tablets of Stone with the Ten Commandments"
3)Deuteronomy 4, verses 25 - 40: "God's warning for ignoring the Covenant"
4)Deuteronomy 28 , verse 69, affirming what is stated Chapter 28.
5)Deuteronomy 29, verse 8, safeguarding the Covenant.
6)Deuteronomy 29, verses 9 to 28, the Covenant with the Children of Israel
So you see , the most important Covenant is with the Children of Israel,who are
none other than the Jewish people. Jesus and Christiaanity do NOT come into the
picture at all. Jesus personally remained attached to the Jewish people and
believed in God's eternal covenant with them. It was only much later, when the
church was being built long after Jesus had died, that Church writers decided
that everything had to be inverted to Christianity. Which is silly and foolish,
because this is not what Jesus would have wanted them to do. He would have much
rather everyone became a Jew so that they could become members of the Jewish
people and only thereby come into God's covenant with the Children of Israel,
but ofcourse it did not turn out that way .
So the covenant that Isaiah is talking about is the most important one between
God and the Children of Israel aka The Jews.
Have a great weekend,
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