"If you are not Jewish, God was not speaking directly to you when he gave Torah. You can see this for yourself by reading Exodus 19, the chapter just before the Ten Commandments," Derek Leman, retrieved from: http://www.derekleman.com/2015/03/24/how-to-read-the-bible-if-youre-not-jewish/
Friday, June 5, 2015
Are the Gentiles Fools for Thinking the Bible is a Love Letter Written to Them?
I understand now why Derek Leman decided to offer himself for adoption into the Jewish people:
He wanted G-d's love letter, the Torah, to be written to him. While I don't agree with his methods, I can completely sympathize with the underlying need to be loved by G-d.
But is it possible that the Torah was a love letter written to all of humanity?
The issue is how to reconcile the apparent discontinuity between the universalistic beginning of the Bible in which the Bible appears to be addressed to all of the descendants of Adam and Eve and the fact that after Abraham the Bible appears to be addressed primarily to the genealogical descendants of Abraham.
So is the Bible written to Sons of Adam (i.e. humanity) or Sons of Abraham? But is that question correct? Or is there another option?
If we look at Abraham as a representative for humanity (Adam), then the possibility emerges that G-d never gave up on Adam, that there is no discontinuity in the Bible--it's all the story of how G-d redeems mankind!
This idea of representatives for humanity shouldn't seem alien because, after all, Yeshua, a Son of Abraham, was called the second Adam:
"So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit," 1 Cor. 15:45
Interesting that it says "last" Adam referring to Yeshua. Were there other Adams? Indeed, we could look at Noah as another Adam. In a way, each man is an Adam as we are all Sons of Adam. But only a few such sons were singled out by G-d to represent humanity.
Abraham became Israel. And Yeshua is known as the man Israel because He represented Israel. And Yeshua, as stated before, represented humanity. And Abraham represented Israel. Therefore, Abraham also represented humanity.
So if we look at Abraham as a representative for humanity then the Torah given to Abraham's "descendants" is really a love letter written to ALL of humanity!
Anyway, this is just a musing and I'd like to hear some opinions. Am I wrong?
Posted by Peter at 5:35 AM