- Pathfinder

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?

William Duggan

Having attended various denominations, including Catholicism, Methodism, and Pentecostalism, I have always believed that God’s covenant with the Jewish people is unchanging and eternal. However, it wasn’t until I started reading the Bible on my own that I truly understood the significance of Gentiles being “grafted” into the tree alongside the Jews. This revelation helped me grasp the core message: while the Jews had not recognized Jesus as the true Messiah, as Christians, we are called to love and respect our Jewish brothers and sisters. We should pray for them to receive revelation and learn the truth of Jesus.

Delving into scriptures such as Isaiah 53, which prophesies the Messiah’s rejection by his own people, his suffering, and his sacrificial death as atonement for humanity’s sins, deepened my understanding and empathy for my Jewish brothers and sisters. This passage, in particular, highlights that the Messiah would be rejected, suffer, and die in agony, with God seeing his suffering and death as an atonement for the sins of humanity. These insights have strengthened my conviction that we should approach our Jewish brothers and sisters with love, empathy, and a desire for mutual understanding.