THE TIME OF PARTIAL BLINDNESS IN ISRAEL
Every plan of Yahweh is set in place from before the foundation of the world. Humankind, even the Chosen People of the Almighty, are only able to view little pieces of the puzzling plan. Biased PRIDE is the main stumbling block, consisting of both personal pride and national pride. From the time Yah brought Israel out of captivity in Egypt through Moses, He intended for them to lead the other nations to Him and to make all of them a part of God’s Kingdom on Earth.
The people of Israel had the message of the Prophets, they had the Torah and they had the history along with the Genealogy from Adam onward, but they lacked ONE VITAL ELEMENT, FAITH, which is essential to establish the Kingdom of YAH, which covenant promise will include people from every nation, tribe and language.
Romans 11:11-15 is the up front solution!
“In that case, I say, isn’t it that they (Isra’el) have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them!
However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!”
Indicators of pride and exclusivity are found in Luke 9:49 and 9:54 and these received Yeshua’s REBUKE.
“Yochanan responded, “Rabbi, we saw someone expelling demons in your name; and we stopped him because he doesn’t follow you along with us.”
“When the talmidim Ya‘akov and Yochanan saw this, they said, “Sir, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?”
Abraham was counted as Righteous because of his TRUST, just as all people, Israel or Gentile, acquire Righteousness. No one can achieve righteousness by attempting to obey Torah alone, neither does Faith alone cancel YHWH’s Torah, (Romans 3:27-31).
“So what room is left for boasting? None at all! What kind of Torah excludes it? One that has to do with legalistic observance of rules? No, rather, a Torah that has to do with trusting. Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, he is indeed the God of the Gentiles; because, as you will admit, God is one Echad. Therefore, he will consider righteous the circumcised on the ground of trusting and the uncircumcised through that same trusting. Does it follow that we abolish Torah by this trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary, we confirm TORAH.
Both FAITH and OBEDIENCE to the Torah are required to please YHWH and bring His blessing of participation in the Sovereign and Holy Kingdom of Righteousness.
ROMANS 11: 1-8 on Blind Guides and a preserved remnant
“In that case, I say, isn’t it that God has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Isra’el, from the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. God has not repudiated his people, whom he chose in advance. Or, don’t you know what the Tanakh says about Eliyahu? He pleads with God against Isra’el, “Adonai, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I’m the only one left, and now they want to kill me too!” But what is God’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.” It’s the same way in the present (Church) age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Now if it is by grace, it is accordingly not based on legalistic works; if it were otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.) What follows is that Isra’el has not attained the goal for which she is striving. The ones chosen (the remnant) have obtained it, but the rest (cousin’ weak-eyes) have been made stonelike, just as the Tanakh says,
“God has given them a spirit of dullness (partial blindness)—
eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear,
right down to the present day” (Isaiah 29:10)
LUKE 9: Deliberately concealing Yeshua’s words, WHY?
“As he spoke, a cloud came and enveloped them. They were frightened as they entered the cloud; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!”
All were struck with amazement at the greatness of God. While they were all marvelling at everything Yeshua was doing, he said to his talmidim, “Listen very carefully to what I’m going to say. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they didn’t understand what he meant by this. It had been concealed from them so that they would not grasp its meaning, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
An argument arose among the talmidim as to which of them might be the greatest. But Yeshua, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, took a child, stood him beside himself, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me. In other words, the one who is least among you all — this is the one who is great.” Yochanan responded, “Rabbi, we saw someone expelling demons in your name; and we stopped him because he doesn’t follow you along with us.” Yeshua said to him, “Don’t stop such people, because whoever isn’t against you is for you.”
Yet another said, “I will follow you, sir, but first let me say good-by to the people at home.” To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
Matthew 21: Fig Leaves but no Fig fruit
“The next morning, on his way back to the city, he felt hungry. Spotting a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. So he said to it, “May you never again bear fruit!” and immediately the fig tree dried up. The talmidim saw this and were amazed. “How did the fig tree dry up so quickly?” they asked. Yeshua answered them, “Yes! I tell you, if you have trust and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree; but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ it will be done. In other words, you will receive everything you ask for in prayer, no matter what it is, provided you have trust.”
Matthew 23: Yeshua responding on Patting your own back as the greatest
“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others! Blind guides! — straining out a gnat, meanwhile swallowing a camel!
“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. Blind Parush! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside may be clean too.
“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but inside are full of dead people’s bones and all kinds of rottenness. Likewise, you appear to people from the outside to be good and honest, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and far from Torah.
“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the tzaddikim, and you say, ‘Had we lived when our fathers did, we would never have taken part in killing the prophets.’ In this you testify against yourselves that you are worthy descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead then, finish what your fathers started!”
John 4: On TRUSTING IN WHAT YESHUA SAYS
“Many people from that town in Shomron put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” So when these people from Shomron came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days (2,000 years), and many more came to trust because of what he said. They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
After the two days, he went on from there toward the Galil.”
Luke 10: 25-28 Simplifying the complexity of biased humankind
“An expert in Torah stood up to try and trap him by asking, “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?” Yeshua said to him, “What is written in the Torah? How do you read it?” He answered, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.” (the SHEMA Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and the Va’ahvata, Leviticus 19:18) “That’s the right answer,” Yeshua said. “Do this, and you will have life.”
The Conclusion is obvious and has already been established in eternity.
Walking on the road to Emmaus with the King, Yeshua,
Rabbi James and Erlene Talbott, Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael Ministry