For Israel

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For Israel

The dietary law was written for Israel. 'Is' means 'man'. 'El' means God, just as it did in 'Elohim'. The 'R' sound means 'revelation'. Israel means 'man joined to God by revelation'.

Jacob was called 'Israel' because God revealed himself through a dream [1], and by wrestling with him. [2] The Hebrews were called Israel because God revealed himself at the mountain. [3] You are called Israel because God has revealed himself to you through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Hebrews did not understand the riddles. They just acted them out. The answers to the riddles come from Jesus and the cross. We can understand the message of the play by the cross. The law tells us about God, by showing us the teachers that he wants for us. We don't need to act it out too.

In Tic-Tac-Toe you learned that you never have to lose. You could always force the game to a draw. Now when someone asks you to play you can say "Thanks. Draw" without having to play the game.

As we sit down to breakfast, we can eat the tasty bacon and be reminded that we should not learn (eat) from people who cannot tell if their own learning is good or bad.
  1. Ge 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
  2. Ge 32:24 ¶ And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. [{breaking … : Heb. ascending of the morning }]
  3. Ex 19:16 ¶ And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that [was] in the camp trembled.