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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Dan Harre

Growing up in the Catholic faith, the subject didn’t really come up. My Church neither spoke of God’s continued commitment to Israel, nor did it teach the false narrative that the Church has replaced Israel. Knowing that God’s commitment to Israel is everlasting is such an illuminating truth. When we read the Scriptures through this truth, we see that one of the responsibilities of the gentiles is now to arouse jealousy within the Jews for YHWH (Romans 11:13-16). The Lord has used Israel to bless us so that we gentiles might in-turn bless Israel. This is one of the great missions of the Church; to point Jews back to the Lord. This does not mean that the Church has license to commit forced conversions. Rather, we are to walk humbly with the Lord as a testament to His goodness, thus creating a righteous jealousy within the Jewish people to also walk with the God of their ancestors.