Day 17: Replacement/Equality Theology

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I don’t believe I have ever written a post specifically about replacement theology.  I’m sure it’s been mentioned before (likely in the CGM posts, or elsewhere)… and I ended up touching on it in my Romans 11 post, yesterday.  But I don’t think I’ve ever actually written specifically about it.  But this week, something happened, and… I have to bump posts, again, to make room for this.  And here’s why.

I read Tomer Devorah (a Jewish Blog) every morning.  Since Operation Protective Edge began [war in Israel], not only has the anti-Semitism  increased worldwide, but her blogging has gotten very ANGRY.  And this week, she wrote this:

This may be the most important blog post I have ever written. Please pay close attention.

“At the first, Elokim created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was chaos and disorder…”

So, what was the work that the Creator set about doing for the next six days? Creating order out of the chaos. He made order by separating one thing from another and putting each thing in its proper place – light from darkness; day from night; land from water; and “each thing according to its own kind”, etc.

In time, G-d began to separate between man and man. First, He separated Avraham out from mankind to become a root for a holy nation. Then, he separated between Yitzchak and Yishmael and again, between Ya’aqov and Eisav. Finally, He took the twelve tribes of Israel who descended from Ya’aqov and created from them a holy nation, separate from all the other nations – an event which is commemorated at the close of every Shabbat, with these words… “Blessed are You, our G-d, who separates between holy and mundane; between light and dark; between Israel and the nations; between the seventh day and the six working days.”
aNNa’S NoTe:  Exactly.

Furthermore, G-d gave us mitzvot which forbid the mixing of seed, cross-breeding of animals, grafting of fruit trees, mixing of linen and wool, etc. etc. One of the mitzvot special to women involves the separation of challah from the rest of the dough. It is set apart for the Cohanim and Leviim because they also are set apart within Am Yisrael.
aNNa’S NoTe:  Got a minor problem.  It’s forbidden for us to graft fruit trees.  But didn’t we just read about grafting olive branches in Romans 11, yesterday?  Yes, but that’s YEHOVAH grafting.  We’re not to.  So it’s still okay.

Modern thought deplores such circumstances. Its goal is the complete assimilation of all differences between people and nations. This is a Western construct which is rooted in the Western religion of Christianity which seeks to erase any difference between Jews and Gentiles… 
aNNa’S NoTe:  It used to be called ‘replacement theology’… that Jewish rejected Messiah, so because Christianity believe in Jee-zus, they’ve taken the Jews’ place as the chosen people.  This is TOTALLY unscriptural, not even getting into the whole Jee-zus is NOT Messiah Yeshua thing.  But it seems there has been a shift, in recent years.  Now, instead of replacing the Jews, we’re all one big happy family.  Which… while *nearly* true, that’s off-base.  It’s complicated.  I explained in Romans 11’s study.  But next she quotes Ephesians, and my issues became SUBSTANTIAL:

(Ephesians, chapter 2, the New Testament)  …Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision…being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now…you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Chr*st. …who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished …the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create … one new man from the two, …Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God….

Based on this, many Christian “lovers of Israel” are ready to move in and live side by side with us in mutal love and acceptance. They actually believe they have given up on replacement theology because they’ve moved over and made room for us to sit beside them. But, it’s not enough for them to be neighbors. They consider themselves mishpocha as the end of the passage above informs them. They’re staking out claims to the holy land itself. According to [some], even the Pope will soon call Israel “home.” Hashem yerachem!
aNNa’S NoTe:  I feel her pain.  Really, I do.  And I wholly agree – Christianity is the whore on the beast that is NOT mishpocha.  I agree.  But those verses have just created an ISSUE for me…

…No one can deny that the world is steadily descending into deeper and deeper levels of chaos. Some believe that this chaos is being orchestrated by wicked people who want to remove G-d from His creation and replace Him as the Ruler of All, G-d forbid! To do this, they must destroy all the order in creation so that chaos will result and from that, they plan to build their NEW World Order where there are no limits, no borders, no barriers –  NO SEPARATION!  And this is the key to understanding everything that is happening in the world today. First bring chaos out of order, then rebuild a new order out of the chaos. That is their plan. But, for it to succeed, no separation can be allowed. ALL must be ONE.
aNNa’S NoTe:  That is exactly what’s going to happen.  She’s right.

Thank G-d, Hashem will never allow them to succeed, but He will let them go very high so that their fall will be catastrophic. Until then, we must be aware and make others aware of this plan so that good Jews will not fall for the lies, but will remain steadfast with Hashem and His Holy Torah.  Beware of any efforts to “mix” us with other groups and do not participate with such efforts as you will be joining the side which has pitted itself against the Almighty! 

Now… I completely agree with this in pretty much every way.  Yehovah set apart something special on every level – separated Shabbat from the other days, separated the clean from the unclean, separated Israel from the rest of the nations.  Christianity NEVER will EVER replace them, and NOTHING but the tenets of Judaism will ever be Truth.  I explained this, yesterday.

But the Ephesians verses that she quoted… I’m sorry, but I had issues with this, because the way it looks in her post, it seems very much like it was saying that Messiah put an end not just to the separation, but also to the Law/Torah, itself… and I *KNOW* that is not true.  He SAID SO in Matthew 5:17, and so SOMETHING is wrong, there… because scripture CANNOT contradict itself.   Again: I don’t disagree with anything SHE said – I have issues with the use of scripture there.   So I looked Ephesians 2 up:

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Before Messiah, we had no hope, apart from circumcision (shedding of our own blood to cut ourselves off from sin).

But now in [Messiah Yeshua] ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Messiah shed his blood so that we don’t HAVE to do that, anymore.  Is sin being covered by blood still demanded?  YES.  Is Torah still valid?  YES.  The ONLY thing that is different is that the coverage is available to everyone, not just those who are circumcised/Jews.

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

She left off the underlined parts, to make it say something that it didn’t.  That’s MISQUOTING scripture, and it’s low and wrong, I don’t care if you’re christian or Jew.  You don’t DO that shit, to twist scripture and change what it says to suit your purposes.  BADLY done, Tomer Devorah.  I expect it of christians, but not of you.

What it’s saying (uncut) is that Messiah put an end to the hostility and the differences over the commandments and ordinances.  It doesn’t matter, now, because the commandments are no longer the way to righteousness.  He’s covered all of that, for us.  We need HIM, not rules, to be right with the Father.   Notice what she deleted… the HIM part.  Well, that totally changes the whole message, doesn’t it?!

And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

This is what Romans 11 says.  Messiah went first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles.  The disciples went first to the Jews (because they’re FIRST, they’re special, they’re set apart… PERIOD) and then to the Gentiles, to a) provoke the Jews to belief and b) allow Gentiles ACCESS to the Truth.  That doesn’t mean that ANY other belief system flies with Ha’Shem.  Christianity doesn’t get it done.  Neither does Catholicism or Mormonism or anything that pretends to stem from Truth but doesn’t.  But we are given the ACCESS to Truth, so that we can change our hearts and become Jews-in-Messiah (Romans 2:28-29).  Not JEWS as they exist outside of NT teaching, but Jews-in-Messiah.

And YES, it’s a mess.  Christians are NOT Jews-in-Messiah.  ‘Jews for Jesus’ aren’t Jews-in-Messiah, either.  I’m not even completely sold on Messianics being Jews-in-Messiah – from personal experience in the past 10 years, I’ve found that they’re (pardon my French) arrogant half-assers.  They’re the puffed-up branches in Romans 11 that aren’t bearing fruit and are actually sucking nutrients from the tree.  Half of them are already cut off and laying on the ground, still green but dying.  It’s a MESS, and convoluted, and it makes me angry to think about.  No wonder the Jews are pissed.  When they read this…:

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, [Messiah Yeshua] Himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This. DOES. NOT. SAY that christianity are fellowcitizens, or of the household of God.  It does NOT say that christians have a place in this.  It’s NOT talking about christians at all.  Or Messianics or Jews for Jesus or Catholics, any more than it refers to Islam or Buddism or anything else.  It says that ‘YE’ are no more strangers/foreigners.  YE being the people who a) believe in Messiah, and b) obey the commandments of Torah.  Faith and works.  Trust and obedience.  That’s NOT Christianity or any other belief system.  In fact, it’s not even Judaism at it is, today.  Do you see why the ‘narrow’ way has so ‘few’ finding it?!

I understand the Jews’ anger with christianity.  I do.  Chrischuns are pushy, entitled, arrogant, obnoxious people who don’t have much of anything to stand on.  AT LEAST the Jews have Torah and obedience – and the promise of God.  I’m not even sure WHO it is that Jee-zus is, anymore.  He’s so very far from the Messiah in scripture… I can’t even tell you.

But I’m also angry at the Jews.  They can’t  diss something they aren’t even willing to look at in its entirety.  You can’t cut it up and say “See this shape I made?  It’s crap!!”  That’s wrong on SO many levels.  I’m just sayin’.  And at least I can go back to scripture and ‘test the spirits’ and see what it REALLY says… and get my head around it correctly.  I’m hoping this helps someone else, too.

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