MemberAugust 18, 2020 at 3:27 am
So what is an excellent question! However, there are questions you must have answers to prior to answering the so what question. For instance, what is salvation biblically? If Israel was the Most High’s chosen people, what where they chosen for?
Only after having answers to those questions can you answer the so what question and show why a savior was needed for Israel in the first place.
The first thing I did was I pulled every single verse from scripture where the terms saved, salvation, delivered or deliver was located and adequate a running list for each. I then read each of those verses in context to the chapter they where written in. Understand that this encompassed several dozen verses for each of those words throughout scripture.
What I had to conclude based upon the context was that salvation literally means being able to obey the Most High freely, while in the confines of a promised territory (homeland) and free from oppression and captivity from one’s enemies.
This is very different from what Christianity teaches, which is that if you say a few lines related to the sinners prayer, that you will go to heaven after you die. I honestly could not find anywhere in scripture with an honest inclusion of context where it says salvation is going to heaven after you die.
Secondly, what did the Most High chose Israel for? The answer is pretty simple!
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
“You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.” (Amos 3:1-2)
The Most High calls Israel to a higher standard, precisely because of his unique revelation and choice of them. Just as a judge might “make an example” out of a police officer who turns criminal, Israel serves as an example and a lesson to the world.
The curses and punishments in Deuteronomy promised to Israel if they fail are eye-watering in their severity and extremity, yet most fulfilling when in proper covenant as listed in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28:1-15.
Psalm 147 declares:
“He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation.”
So in essence, it is and was Israel’s Job to be a light and a beacon on behalf of the Most High so that all the other ethnicities and Nations desire what Israel has, which is the Most High himself.
So this is the so what. The Messiah restored Israel’s condition in order to be in perfect covenant again with the Most High. Now that this is the case, Israel is in a position to carry out its trustee duties to the Most High and bring others to the Most High’s promises as they were originally instructed to do.
If you are Israel and you are not doing your duties, then the so what has dire implications for you, just as it did for our forefathers who fumbled their duties, which was to be righteous (lawful) and a beacon reflecting Our Savior Ha Mashiach!
Hope this helps!