I’ve been paying close attention to the discussion over the past few weeks occurring on the “Morning Meditations” blog by James. James has written on the legacy of supersessionistic Christianity theology for Messiah Journal, a must-read educational journal published quarterly by First Fruits of Zion. His calm, truth-seeking approach to the yet unknown course of the Messianic Jewish movement is, I think, an essential element in the healing of conflict between the various expressions of faith that believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the long-awaited Messiah. And therefore represents yet another source of hope in the effort to procure “Jacob’s Relief.”
-Bava Kama 92b
The Talmud states that this folk saying is related to the Torah commandment, “Do not reject an Egyptian, because you were a dweller in his land” (Deuteronomy 23:8). Since Egypt hosted the Israelites, we, their descendants, must acknowledge our gratitude.
The brief period of tranquility that our ancestors enjoyed in Egypt was followed by decades of ruthless enslavement and brutal oppression. Thousands of newborn Israelite children were murdered. This unspeakable horror more than obscured any favorable treatment they had received earlier, and our natural inclination is to despise the Egyptians with a passion.
The Torah tells us to take a different path. Although we celebrate, every Passover, our liberation from this tyrannical enslavement and commemorate the triumph over our oppressors, we have no right to deny that we did receive some benefit from them. Even…
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