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January 30, 2013 / attilashrugs

The Two Benjamins

I think it is very relevant that Paul is of the tribe of Benjamin.

Think of King Saul. There is a similarity in the roles of Saul and Paul (Saul) of Tarsus.  Both absolutely can be described as exhibiting the tendency to accept small loss for a greater gain.

Both were perhaps overly “pragmatic”. King Saul would not await Samuel’s arrival. The tactical situation demanded military action then ad there. It was also impractical to slaughter the choicest of the Amalekites cattle, and women. And having a King alive as one’s captive is perhaps more useful than having him dead. (A captive King could be made a puppet, or ransomed.)

King Saul was physically strong, large, an alpha male type. He was able to unify the Israelites to expel the Philistines from at least enough contiguous space for a Kingdom to arise. How he did so may not have been entirely up to Samuel’s standards.

Paul, as self-described Apostle to the Gentiles was out to spread the news of Yeshua. What he did was to take Judaism, which by definition can be said to be the religion of the Jews, with its particularity as to place, Jerusalem, and to its God, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, and deracinate its essence so as to allow universal entry.

He succeeded because it was God’s will that Christianity would become the religion of Rome, and thus Europe, and thus be spread throughout the entire world. Like Joseph said to his brothers, though the Church Fathers meant it for evil (the anti-Judaizing and anti-Semitic blood bathes), God meant it for good. Like Joseph whose suffering saved Israel and the surrounding nations, the suffering of the Jews, the Aztecs, Incas, the natives of all the world allowed the Church Militant to spread the Bible throughout all the world. This allows individuals to read, to pray, and for THE FEW to choose the Narrow path. The Gift of opening the door to the world to come; i.e. membership in Beit Yisrael, cost Yeshua, and the Jews much suffering. But, though Popes, Priests, Princes, in pomp and pride meant it for evil, God meant it for GOOD.

King Saul, and the Apostle Saul, the two Benjaminites were necessary but NOT sufficient. The one had to give way to David and the tribe of Judah; and the other, Paul’s Church will give way to the very few who are called out of her.

The Church is the Plant. Its purpose is not to be a plant, but to produce fruit. The Fruit are the Torah Observant returning yet still unaware Lost Israelites, and the few true Gentiles whose salvation is the crumbs at the children’s feet.

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