God called Israel “My firstborn son” (Exodus 4:22). God took His son out of bondage so that His son may serve Him” (Exodus 4:23). Obedience to the direct command of God is the highest calling of the Jew. The purpose and meaning inherent in the act of a created being following the explicit directive of the Creator of all is as great as a created being can hope to achieve. The Sages of Israel expressed this sentiment when they stated “One instant of repentance and good deeds in this world is more beautiful than all of the life of the world to come” (Avot 4:17). Obedience towards God takes on an entirely different dimension when it is part of the general subservience of Eternal Israel. The greatest gift God granted to the Jew, is the ability and the opportunity to serve Him as a member of the corporate body of God’ firstborn son.
Those Christians who advocate a general abandonment of obedience to God’s direct commandments, are rejecting the absolute sovereignty of God – Israel’s Heavenly Father. While the Christians who reject Israel’s corporate understanding of the Law, are denying God’s firstborn son together with the holy spirit that dwells in their midst.
Originally posted on: https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/the-council-of-my-nation/