Just as the person is both body and soul, so there is at all times two levels of being for Israel. One is that hidden spirit, that essential form which never abandons the parameters of Israel’s creation. The other is the visible event in the present moment, sum of all the vicissitudes of history, witness to both the bravery and the failures of generations, the visible expression of the motive powers contained within, be they for good or evil.
There is also a factor which divides Israel from every other nation on earth. For most nations that national essence, that hidden form, is the collective aspiration and intention of its people, rooted in their history. In the case of Israel, the formative gesture which instituted the beginnings of the people called Israel was the covenant sealed between the God of creation and the homeless descendants of Abraham extricated from slavery in Egypt. No subject of the realm, not even Moses, could claim anything but passive participation in that formation of Israel, the formation of a people of God by the hand of God.
The Israel of God, formed in the desert at the foot of Mt. Sinai, is not the fabrication of the moment, of Zionism, or of any “authority” which falls short of kneeling before the authority of the God of Israel. Why does the present state of Israel have no constitution? I am no authority, but I suspect that every lawyer in Israel knows that there can be no constitution of Israel other than the Ten Commandments. And should they, like Moses, recognize these commandments as the national constitution, the affairs of state would have to change course quite radically.
The essential Israel of God is God’s own inheritance, God’s holy people, and it is the people which falls under the rule of the Messiah of Israel, the very Son of God, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus of Nazareth, who is now seated upon the heavenly throne in the power and presence of the Father, on the eternal throne of David. The world at large is very far from recognition of this reality and its bearing on the coming time.
I see the people who consider themselves Palestinians justly complaining of their abuse at the hands of the Zionists, and I see the people who call themselves Jews justly complaining that they should be able to know the fulfillment of residence in the land given by God to their ancestors. However, Neither side recognizes the true power seated on the throne of heaven, the Davidic throne, in authority over the essential Israel of God. That power is Yeshua the Messiah of Israel.
Instead, Islam worships Allah, a false god whom they themselves refuse to confuse with YHVH, the God of Israel, even though they would like to have Others imagine that “we all serve the same God.” And the most nationalistic Jews of Israel are in large number secular in their outlook, many of them agnostic or atheist. The remainder, all but a small remnant, seem to be taken up in Talmudic and Kabbalistic revisions of the beliefs of the patriarchs, and are now devoted, not to the Divine Person of the God of Israel, but rather to an unknowable Ein Sof and a faceless Shekinah.
The sense of injustice sustained by both sides has real roots, but it is misdirected against the political Other. In reality, both sides need to stop, to repent of their arrogance, and to kneel in fealty before the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua of Nazareth, now seated in glory upon the throne of heaven, soon to return and place his feet once again in the dust of the streets of Jerusalem.
Yeshua has taken upon himself the condemnation which is so justly ours. This he accomplished outside the walls of Jerusalem in approximately 32 A.D. He now calls myself and every Muslim and every Jew to kneel before him, to repent of our sin, and to join hands in the kingdom which truly owns the blessing of history, the kingdom which owns the promises to Abraham.
Lawrence S. Jones