Skip to comments.Who Wants to be a Kingdom of Priests?
Posted on 02/09/2012 4:47:32 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator
"And you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (From this week's Torah portion, Yitro, Exodus 19:6)
Before the giving of the Torah, before the Ten Commandments, before the most momentous and splendorous ceremony in history, the Creator explains why. Before "Honor your parents", before "Guard the Sabbath day to sanctify it", before all the 'how', G-d explains why He gave us the Torah; why this trek from the House of Bondage to the Land of Israel. What is the destiny? What is the purpose?
"And you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."
Without a nation, a king is not a king. To rule over His world and to lavish His goodness on every corner of creation, the Creator created a treasured nation, bringing it to a special Land so that it can live its life in a special way. In the holy city the place chosen by G-d, this nation will build the Creator's royal palace. From there His Divine Presence will emanate to the entire world.
But who wants to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation? Let us just make ends meet! It is not in our hands. G-d's covenant with our Forefathers and the exodus from Egypt locked us into a national commitment from which we cannot flee.
Kaiser Frederick the Great used to debate theology with the French prince, Jean Batisse de Voyeaur: "Please give me a clear proof of the existence of G-d," the kaiser demanded. The prince answered: "I have an exact and irrefutable proof for his majesty. A proof in one word: The Jews." (from the Hidabroot Hebrew website)
The supernatural, meta-historical existence of the Jewish nation is intrinsically bound in humanity's consciousness with the existence of G-d. Like it or not, we are the nation of the Creator and we cannot escape the responsibility that the position entails.
All of humanity longingly desires the message of liberty pronounced by the Jewish Nation when it left the House of Bondage. It craves the message of liberty that descended from Mount Sinai.
We have no choice other than to be ourselves: To choose destiny over mere existence, to choose to actualize our status as a treasured nation and not to deny it, to choose liberty over slavery.
It appears that Israel, like the US, has the leadership it deserves.
This thread has nothing to do with Israel. It is all about the Jewish responsibility to tell the World about God and His Son the Savior.
Salvation is from the Jews.
Moishe Feiglin is not Bibi. He is the religious-nationalist who unsuccessfully ran against Netanyahu to lead Likud.
Of course he’s not. I was responding to: “It appears that Israel, like the US, has the leadership it deserves.”
I was trying to understand what leadership he was referring to.
Moshe just lol'd you.
You evidently don't know who Moshe Feiglin is. Google and Wikipedia are your friends. Suffice it to say, Moshe Feiglin takes more interest in a bowl of tasteless soup than he does your alleged savior.
What leadership do you mean?
I mean that just as the US chose (and deserves) Obama, Likudniks chose (and deserves) Bibi over Feiglin.
Feiglin should be PM of Israel.
if we’re talking about survival of an ethno-religious group through persecution as a sign — what about the survival of the Yazidis, survival of the Parsis, of Mandaens and of Armenians? Or closer to the Jewish people, of Samaritans?
I thought we were talking about how Feiglin would be a better PM than Bibi.
what about the survival of the Yazidis, survival of the Parsis, of Mandaens and of Armenians? Or closer to the Jewish people, of Samaritans?
So far as I know, the Yezidis and Mandaeans were never exiled, and the Parsis exiled only to India where they have lived for centuries. As for the Armenians, while exiled around the world they do not claim a national revelation. There is only one claim of national revelation in all human history. The Samaritans share that claim with the Jews (they claim to represent pre-Davidic Mosaicism, which is at odds with the Biblical explanation of their existence), but small though they are, they live only in Shekhem and Tel-'Aviv.
I do note this: none of the other groups have ever been the object of fevered conspiracy theories for two thousand years asserting they are planning to rule the world.