Posted by: austend | Thursday, May 29, 2008

Two Quotes from David Baron

Here are two share-worthy quotes from David Baron‘s Israel in the Plan of God {here}:

And the story of the self-corruption of Israel [Old Testament Israel], and their progressive departure from the living God who had made Himself known to them, is also in miniature the history of the whole human race.

What a fascinating quote!  He elsewhere suggests that Biblical Israel is something of an object lesson to the rest of the world about God’s dealings with mankind.  This is not to detract anything from Israel’s significance; she is, after all, still God’s chosen people.  But because of her unique position, she is also an example to the world.  Reading about her failures as an unholy people before a holy God is like looking at ALL unholy people of the world before the holy God.

Not only does Jewish history prove the fact that man cannot by his own searching find God, but it teaches also the fact that, apart from Divine grace and power, man is incapable of retaining the knowledge of the true and living God,  even after it has been divinely communicated to him.

No matter how hard Jews struggle, they cannot find God on their own.  Romans 10.2-4:

I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (ESV)

They follow their Tanakh, but this is not the way to God.  It is through Jesus alone.  “I am THE way, THE truth, THE life,” Jesus said.  “No one comes to the Father but through Me.”  So, no Jew or Gentile can find God on their own.  It is absolutely essential that God condescends to man’s level to search for man.

But, the Jew is also a reminder that even after God has revealed Himself to men, they do not always abide in that revelation.  It’s the Second/Third Generation Problem.  Faith is too easily forgotten.  One generation is not always faithful to pass on their faith to another.  Thus,  the second or third generation knows nothing of God, even though the first generation were “saints”.  This happened time and time again in Israel’s history, and it’s a lesson to us all now too.  How many godly people do you know whose children are completely ungodly?  Man cannot find God on his own,  nor can man retain this knowledge of God on his own.  The Jew is a good lesson of both of these principles.

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