Breaking Israel News: “Israel’s borders are flexible because our merit to be here is dependent on our actions and our relationship with God,” he said. “In the last 68 years of modern Israel’s history, the border has changed many times, describing a developing relationship.”
The final borders of Israel are described in the Pesikta Rabbati, a collection of homilies and midrash (oral teachings) compiled by Torah sages in the ninth century CE. Unlike the previous four descriptions of the borders of Israel, the final prophetic description does not describe geographic boundaries specific to Israel, but a unifying global spiritual process.
“In the future, the land of Israel will spread [and encompass] all the lands [of the earth]. The entire Temple Mount will become like the Holy of Holies, all of Jerusalem will become like the Temple Mount, all of Israel will become like Jerusalem, and all of the world will become like Israel.”
Opinion: Do not try this at home. Quoting the Talmud and/or Midrash will cause instant silence in your audience, I have the battle scars to prove it.
In our book we quoted both sources in relation to the birth and early lives of Jacob and Esau. While I was careful to note that these extra-Biblical works are not considered inspired, they are, however, part of the oral Torah that was passed down through the generations of Jewish families in order to preserve the lives of the patriarchs.
Is it possible that God gave accuracy to these stories so that the Jewish culture would be accurately remembered? I believe the answer is yes. The stories take you inside the families’ lives giving us a look at the people, warts and all.
One such story is about the frustration that Sarah had with Ishmael. At a large family gathering for the circumcision of Isaac, Ishmael was firing arrows precariously close to the baby, angering Sarah. Ishmael’s mother, Hagar, defended her son and an argument ensued leading to Sarah demanding that Abraham send the child and his mother away.
Most pastors rejected our book because of the use of extra-Biblical stories. It was only in the stories of the oral Torah that I found an explanation as to why the Bible is silent on the circumcision of Jacob and Esau.
In order to get an understanding of the headline, it is necessary to read the entire article. If/when you do, keep in mind Zechariah 8:23.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”