Friday, October 1, 2010

Fuel for the Zionist flame.

I wonder if modern Zionists and supporters of the current state of Israel read Obadiah?

"Then those of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau, and those of the Shephelah the Philistine plain.....The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Edom, and the kingdom will be the LORD's."

Luther inculcated a spiritual interpretation of these verses, seeing their fulfillment in the spread of the gospel to the regions surrounding Judea. This is a sober view. It is eisegesis, but sober nonetheless. For if you read these oracles as Obadiah no doubt intended them to be read, you could make a good case for fulfilling God's Word by taking possession of the nation of Jordan and the Gaza strip. Of course, those who actually take scripture reading seriously (qua scripture) know that the author's intent is not the Word of God. The author's intent is a human perception of the Word of God. In other words, it can be just as fallible as any other due to the fact that it is human. The only perception that is infallible is the perception of the God who chose to call these oracles His own.

So anyways, I suspect that neither the Zionists nor the spiritualists have any clue what this text means to God, and we may patiently bide our time quibbling about its meaning until the Lord God takes the initiative and carries through its proper fulfillment (if He hasn't already).

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