WHAT BIBI NEEDS TO LEARN FROM THE CHRIST ON HIS CURRENT DILEMMA
Reports are now hinting how it is likely for Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate with “Palestinians” based on pre-1967 border lines (cease-fire lines) with demands to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.
By doing so, the strategy, it was also reported, is to persuade “Palestinians” to drop their plans to win UN recognition of their own state.
Notice how Mahmoud Abbas declared that he cannot recognise Israel as a Jewish state a few days earlier.
And now, recall how Yitzhak Rabin, the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, after his signing of the Oslo Accords with PLO was shot to death and Ariel Sharon, the eleventh Prime minister, after announcing his commitment to the creation of independent Palestinian state and initiating the disengagement from Gaza, was struck by stroke and is paralysed till this date.
There is something that Jews need to learn here – Israel is not of her own, but it is of God.
[Zechariah 2:8] For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you – for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye
In my previous article, I’ve compiled and outlined why the creation of independent “Palestinian” state, and equally demanding Israel to retreat to pre-1967 borders, lack any historical and legal background and, hence, remain unjustified. But according to Joel 3:1-2, dividing Israel, it seems, will be inevitable for the God will judge the nations that have scattered ‘His’ people, ‘His’ heritage Israel and divided up ‘His’ land of Israel. (Joel 3:2) (to how much it shall be divided we do not know)
Furthermore, it is recorded,
[Mark 10:9] Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
The context, of course, is about divorce, and some Pharisees wanted to test (Matthew 19:3, Mark 10:2) Jesus on this.
One needs to understand that back in that time, the school of Rabbi Hillel and the school of Rabbi Shammai were divided on the subject. Followers of Hillel justified divorce if the husband, whether arbitrarily or not, found any offences or dislikes from the wife (possible cause can be wife over salting the food or the husband finding more attractive woman, etc) whereas the followers of Shammai believed divorce was unlawful except for the case of adultery. Both schools justified their thoughts based on Deuteronomy 24:1, but it was the degree of interpretation of the word עֶרְוַ֣ת [er·vat] – ‘indecency’ from that passage that these two schools couldn’t agree on.
To follow school of Shammai would complicate things over Deuteronomy 22:22 – what the Law demanded of Israelites of adultery was death, not a divorce. Even if there were a suspicion of a wife committing an adultery, yet evidence is lacking, there was an oath of curse that the wife could go through in front of the priest (Numbers 5:12-31) to determine whether she had committed an adultery or not.
So these Pharisees, in essence, was testing Jesus whether He agreed with Hillel or not.
Had He agreed, it was obvious these Pharisees would support the Shammai idea and accuse Jesus as a liberal and unlawful.
Had He agreed with Shammai, these Pharisees, then, would support the Hillel and accuse Jesus as a hypocrite.
Tactics that Pharisees employed in testing Jesus was always by ensnaring Him into a dilemma based on dichotomous questions. And Jesus, of course, has never fallen into a black-or-white logic fallacy trap by tackling the very core of issue with words of God every time.
But the very gist of Christ’s divine answer in the above is neither about the order of creation (Mark 10:6) nor about the how the marriage is meant to be (v 7), but rather, it is about what God has originally willed and intended (v 8) and, hence, about His authority (v 9) which no created beings should dare to go up against.
Moreover, I ask the following, in attempts to apply the Christ’s words to Netanyahu’s decision.
Must the above teaching be confined to human marriage only?
What about the ‘divine’ marriage? (i.e., Metaphorically, God with Israel, Christ with the Church)
We know God referred Israel, the Jacob, as unfaithful wife in Jeremiah 3 and Ezekiel 16.
Well, it is true, as Jack Kelley notes, that the Church has been just as much unfaithful to God as Israel was, but ultimate difference the Church had was the power of the Cross. Again quoting Jack Kelley, as for Israel, it is the obedience that is an issue with the God, whereas for the Church it’s faith. And we do know how God will restore Israel back to Christ (Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:26-27) and have Israel and the Church both in Christ unified in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22, Romans 11:15,24) in the end.
What ought to be stressed, then, is what God has given or willed, man cannot split it up.
Whether it’s a marriage, or a land, or heritage, whatever. Moreover, for remnants of Jacob to be preserved as wife to be restored, so should be their land.
Again, I refer to Joel 3:2 – God owns everything in what He has created, but He is especially ‘possessive’ over people of Israel and the land of Israel. And no one messes that up. Let alone Bibi.
There, thus, are two lessons for Bibi, to learn from the teachings of Mark 10:9.
1) Repeating from the above, Israel is not of her own. It’s God given and God led nation. What God has given, let not man separate.
2) Do not compromise with the world. In either way current Israel decides, it’s bound to be sabotaged. If Bibi decides to give up what God has given, it’s obvious Bibi will be partaking in God’s wrath. Christ (of course He was omniscient but still) did not compromise with the Pharisees, but relied and remained on the word of God and by doing so, he wasn’t caught up in dilemma.
So, once again, to Bibi and the World:
What God has given altogether, let not man separate!