Unauthorized Negotiator

Unauthorized Negotiator

Tom and Joe were partners in a business. As they walked up the path to the office one day they encountered a man exiting the door that they were about to enter. The man asked them what they were doing here and where did they think they were going. They responded by explaining that this was their office and that they were going to work. The man then informed them that he had just bought the business from the lady behind the desk and that they no longer had the right to enter the building. They informed him that the “lady behind the desk” was simply their secretary and that she had no right to sell the business and that he had just been the victim of a scam.

In this parable, we are in the position of the “lady behind the desk”. The business does not belong to us; we only work here and our first obligation to the business is that we recognize this truth. When the missionary approaches us and asks us to sell our soul to Jesus, we must recognize that we are not authorized to enter into negotiations on this matter. Our souls belong to the One who breathed them into us in the first place and to no-one else. The Jewish people as a national unit have never entered into negotiations with the Church for the purchase of their souls and they never will.

Furthermore – while the Church authorizes man to decide between Judaism and Christianity on the basis of his or her study of Scripture, Judaism does no such thing. Judaism does not believe that God gave us the Scriptures so that we can decide which belief system is correct. God first gave us a belief system and only in the context of that belief system did He give us the Scriptures. The Scriptures themself testify to this truth.

The Scriptures declare that before God gave Israel any book He had already taught them who it was that they were to worship and who and what they were not to worship (Deuteronomy 4:35). Scriptures testifies that before God gave Israel any book He already established the validity of Moses’ prophecy (Exodus 19:9). These two axioms (Israel’s perception of God and the authenticity of Moses’ prophecy) are the mainstays of the Jewish belief system. It is only in this context and on this background that God gave us Scripture. The only way to read the Scriptures is in the context of these truths that God Himself directly imparted to the Jewish people.

The Scriptures are here to guide and instruct, but they are not here to help us decide who to worship.

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9 Responses to Unauthorized Negotiator

  1. David says:

    In this scenario the secretary (Judaism) thinks that she is the owner rather than a caretaker/administrator. This folly then then leads her to believe she can do, say, and hold to beliefs not in keeping with the wishes of the true owner.

    The men in question who bought the place in reality didn’t really buy it from the unfaithful secretary; because they didn’t buy it at all. They are also caretakers. But they were called by the owner to come and talk to the secretary and others. The men didn’t come to kick the secretary out but to inform her of the owner’s current and future wishes which the owner had tried to reveal to her as she had been his faithful caretaker and administrator for a long time. However, no matter how hard the owner tried, no matter who he sent she had refused to listen to the owner’s newest and latest instructions. It seems the secretary was stuck in her ways and didn’t want to change, she just wanted to retire there. They informed her that because as of late she had not handled the owner’s property faithfully, the owner was building a new structure across town where all are invited and none are excluded so long as they accept the owner as he leads them.

    It would be as if Noah and his sons refused to eat from God’s new and improved menu after the flood and insisted on eating only from the old animal food menu. The secretary is saying to God in effect: “I will not change my diet God, I like the old way, and you can’t make me change. Send whomever you want, profits; explain it however you choose, through prophesy; you can even send your Son to fulfill these prophesies, it makes no difference to me; I will continue to eat from the old menu as long as I live because that’s what I’m used to, that’s what I know. Nothing that God or anyone else says or does will change that fact.”

    Well, you can continue to eat from the old menu and you are not technically wrong in doing so if that’s what you want to eat for yourselves. But all those who choose to eat from the new and improved menu have chosen a better way and you should not stand in their way.

  2. David
    You can make your own parables if you want – but why post them on my blog?
    Judaism is here to testify to one and all that none of us have the right to choose who to worship -our hearts belong to the One who created them and to no one else
    If you consider the history of Christianity the “better way” – go ahead and eat the “new menu” – I’ll stick to the menu that God Himself presented to our nation – and I will avoid the “menu” that He explicitly prohibited
    Did you notice that your argument about the “new menu” is similar to the serpent in the garden who also argued for a “new menu”?

  3. Linda says:

    I would like to share this article ( though a long one ) but well worth the time to read. About the faithful servant of Abraham, ( who was a gentile ) The parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus ( Eliezer in Hebrew ) I especially love this part >>
    ‘I am sure that there is much more that can and will be learned and understood regarding this unique parable of Lazarus and the Rich man. However, whatever we teach regarding it must at least stand on solid Scriptures and not contradict. The real truth of this parable is not nearly as morbid as it may appear at first glance. God has a plan that eventually brings all the Jews and all the Gentiles to salvation. The very heart of the Gospel is the salvation of the Jews and Gentiles, the salvation of the WHOLE WORLD! ‘

    yourphariseefriend, can you response to this and we can have a discussion here, please…thank you respectfully, Linda
    also anyone else who would like to as well..:)

  4. Linda says:

    oh, so sorry I forgot to give the link for the article
    http://bible-truths.com/lazarus.html

  5. Linda says:

    It might be missed understood where I posted he was a gentile. I think I should of typed the faithful servant ( who was a gentile ) of Abraham.

  6. naaria says:

    Linda, I see some similarities between NT Luke’s Lazarus & NT John’s Lazarus (first fruit). Luke comes close to see wealth (w/o compassion) as a black & white issue, with Luke’s “age” & “age to come” coming close to John in his gospel, v. 12:25 “Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”. Thank God there are better plans out there.

    Luke’s “resurrection” parable is an allusion to Jesus, but the “logic” in it is problematic. In Luke 14:1-9, where the “master commends the dishonest manager” & says “make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth”, parables can be interpreted differently from what MAY have been intended. My New Interpreter’s study bible states that “This parable illustrates well the problem of trying to read the parables in Luke in an allegorical way—that is, by trying to identify God or Jesus or someone else as characters within the parable. Like so many parables in Luke, the point is simply that Jesus’ audience should learn lessons from “the real world” about how the new age works.”

    The Lazarus parable is problematic also, not in being “morbid”, but when God (or at least “father Abraham”) is shown to be “devilish”, uncompassionate, cruel, & sadistic. It makes God look both very unmerciful and horrendously unjust. It seems to equate the “rich man on earth” with God, “the rich man in heaven”.

    The parable unintentionally ends poorly as well. Luke 16:3 “…If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead”, makes it appear that “rising from the dead” is of less importance and less spectacular or less convincing than hearing about Moses or the words of the “prophets”. I would think otherwise, for those people who actually “see” or have “seen first-hand a resurrection” should be more convinced than a person who only reads or is told an unbelievable story about a resurrection. But also, in other words, if a person rejects Moses, than a “resurrection” is worthless and unnecessary. Likewise, “the resurrection” is worthless to those who already believed in Moses and the prophets. Those who already knew God could not be convinced by the “tall tales” of false prophets. They were tested and many, those righteous ones, stuck with the Words of God and the God that they knew.

    • naaria says:

      The “rich man” parable also suggests that only those who don’t truly believe in Moses & the writings and the Jewish prophets in the Tanakh, will need miracles (or fantastic stories told them) in order to believe in God and to maintain their faith in God. The prophets in the Tanakh tell us a different story about “this age” and about “the world to come” than most parts of the NT tell us. Why didn’t the NT writers agree with the Word of God that already existed before them?

    • naaria says:

      Sorry about my copy & paste errors. The gospel parable of the “dishonest manager” is at Luke 16:1-9 and the end of the rich man-Lazarus parable is at 16:31, not v.3.

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