Reflections on a Chilling Comment – Part One (Introduction)

I found a recent comment on one of my postings to be so significant as to warrant some postings by way of reflection and response.  The comment epitomizes a certain kind of hard-line supersessionist mindset. (See the original comment in context here).

This is the comment:

Jewish believers are not a distinct chosen people in a spiritual sense.  Christ has come and God destroyed the temple two millenia ago. There is nothing to be distinct about.

Spiritual Israel is now — and always was — God’s people who trust in the Messiah for salvation.  Jacob is an exemplar of election and all believers, Jew and Gentile, are his spiritual children.  Jesus has grafted believing Gentiles into Israel and expelled the physical seed of Jacob who rejected Him. The synthesis is called Christianity and its people are the Church.

While Jewish believers may feel free to maintain respect for their ethnic heritage, that simply isn’t an explicitly religious issue.  Nor do developments in the modern Middle East have direct theological implications.  I implore you to abandon this sectarianism and embrace the rich blessings of the orthodox Christian faith.

When I received this comment I was both frightened and chilled to the bone.

At first I couldn’t put my finger on why I was frightened.  I suppose the most obvious reason is that the comment embodies a threat that unless and until I embrace the author’s perspective, I am wandering off where naught but judgment awaits me.   Even when we may reject what someone says, the tone can get to us: and his tone got to me. But why chilled to the bone? Because this comment expresses a kind of cold-blooded, take it or leave it jettisoning of the Jewish people, locking them outside the Father’s house where they were born, telling them they cannot come back in unless they scream “Please Jesus!,” and when they get back in they won’t find it the Jewish house it was when they were expelled but someone else’s house!

What bothers me most about the comment is that someone as theologically motivated and intelligent as is the writer could say such things about the people of Israel and God’s relationship with them,  and then simply go back to sipping a nice cup of Earl Grey’s.  I prefer to give the author the benefit of the doubt, and take Yeshua’s words as my own: “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

There is so much theological freight imbedded here.  It is challenging to even attempt being comprehensive in teasing out the presuppositions and implications.   I invite you to try and do so.

As I publish some postings reflecting on this featured comment, I may find myself theologically bested by some of the giants lurking out there in Webland, but I can do what I must do, and that is, register some protests along the way.

Being away from my books at the moment (sigh), in the best place there is, Jerusalem (Hallelujah!), I will be peeling back what I am terming this “Chilling Comment” layer by layer in a few postings to follow, using as tools only what I have on my hard drive, can find lying around and on the Internet, and most of all, in the Book of Books, the Bible.

Stay tuned.

From the City of Cities,

Stuart

 

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The blog of Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann, teacher, mentor, radio talk show host, denizen of Los Angeles, and a visionary with a long career in Messianic Jewish activism. You can hear Rabbi Dauermann as he hosts Shalom Talk, a weekly radio show, and even listen online at ShalomTalk.com. Rabbi Dauermann spends time traveling nationally and internationally, and throughout the year is in Israel as a Scholar in Residence at the MJTI Jerusalem Center. He has plenty to say about Jewish-Christian relations, the need for shalom in the world, and the agenda of Messiah, the Son of David.
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5 Responses to Reflections on a Chilling Comment – Part One (Introduction)

  1. Derek Leman says:

    The replacement people have no idea how much it must tempt God day and night to replace us all with a worthier race of intelligent life. The expression, “And God repented that he had made man on the earth” applies.

  2. Michael Miller says:

    Comments like that are pretty incautious in light of Romans 11:17-18, 21:

    But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. … For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

  3. Michael Miller says:

    I should have been clearer: comments like the one that Rabbi Dauermann cites. Not Derek’s comment.

  4. Let’s begin with the premise that the person I quote from is sincere, not attempting to be nasty or anything like that, but rather, theologically convinced that his position is the truth and nothing but the truth, and that my position is deviant. I will deal with him respectfully as long as he comports himself well.

    On the other hand, I DO find the position troubling in many areas. More of that later.

  5. Dwight Newman says:

    Mr. Adams should take heed lest he fall prey to “another” replacement theology (that supersedes his old replacement theology) which he has not received from his Church Fathers. Pagan spirituality argues for a “Cosmic Christ” that relegates “the orthodox Christian faith” (and the one man, Jesus of Nazareth) to the same immaterial status as the rest of Mr. Adams’ Jews.

    Here’s the new good news for old-time Christians: Just as the Jewish Messiah came to save Jews from their Judaism, the Cosmic Christ has come to save Christians from their Christianity. Indeed, Christ has come again to deliver all humanity from its sectarian strife. Christians who reject the Cosmic Christ-Spirit and cling to their corporeal “Jesus” Christ will be expelled from society. Adams’ so-called “good” news to his erstwhile Jews is the same gospel as this Cosmic Gospel to his soon-to-be erstwhile Christians.

    Should the moment ever come for Mr Adams when he also experiences Rabbi Dauermann’s chill, may he implore his Christ to grant him repentance (for surely He will), and may he then implore the Jews to grant him forgiveness (for surely they will), and may it then be granted him to believe in the Jewish gospel of the Jewish Messiah of the Jewish Jesus of Eretz Israel.

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