The Identity Of Israel And Jacob Is Israel Really Mean

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When answering this question I started by thinking what does the terms Jesus is Israel and Jacob is Israel really mean? Superficially, one might think that symbolically, they are representations of the people of Israel and by extension all of us. Going back over the class lectures I began to realize that the concept is multifaceted and as one peels away the layers we find a deeper meaning. For me the key to understand the identity of both Jesus and Israel hinges on the solidarity that Jesus identifies with Israel, and his disciples. We cannot address the identity of Jesus without addressing the identity of the disciples. As a result it would logically follow that if we understand discipleship we would know what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. This metaphysical linking is something we need to explore so that we can come to a more profound understanding of their identities. Woven through the fabric of scripture, the link between the identity of Israel and that of Jesus is strongly intertwined. The Old Testament and The New Testament reflect promise and fulfillment, and demonstrate a tight figural relationship to each other. In our lectures we have observed that in the gospels it 's really impossible to separate the question” Who is Jesus? From the question, who is Israel?’ We began, first by exploring the concept of (Who is Israel,) by analyzing the themes of the beloved son and chosenness in the Joseph story and parallel Old Testament texts. Jacob becomes Israel after his wrestling with a man, metaphorically identified as God, which is described in the following Genesis passage, (“Then he said, let me go for the day is breaking. But Jacob said I will not let you go unless you bless me. And he said to him, what is your name? ... ... middle of paper ... ...and draw some inferences from it. Jesus and Jacob were both called God’s firstborn or beloved son. Both (Who is Israel,) (Who is Jesus,) is tied to the idea termed chosenness. The stories of Joseph, along with Luke’s portrayal of Christ’s passion help illustrate the underlying theme that chosenness is about sacrifice for the sake of others and not about the exercise of power in order to dominate. Jesus as the second person of the trinity was free to avoid this this horrific death, however out of solidarity with humankind he chose to accept this tragic ending. It is not in our power to avoid death, so Jesus assumes this vulnerability to establish solidarity with us his people. Even though he was abandoned by his disciple s, and rejected by the people of Israel, by, accepting his death he enlightened all of us on his true identity as a loving compassionate savior.

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