RAVDAP on Holiness

 

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“Holiness is the …foundational principle of all biblical ethics. Nothing greater can be attributed to God in worship. The unprecedented angelic three-fold intensification, Holy, Holy, Holy – Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadoshpoints beyond mere Divine attribute to the ultimately mysterious and impenetrable essence of Deity.”

 

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“Therefore, Adonai, Y/H/V/H [Hebrew: yod – hey – vav – hey] , alone is intrinsically holy. Anything or anyone else shares in His holiness derivatively when they are set apart in an exclusive relationship with the true and living God and consecrated for His service.”

‘Holy’ also means ‘set apart’. For example, the seventh day of Shabbat was set apart at Creation from the six previous days. And, although the whole earth is the Lord’s, a narrow strip of land on the eastern end of the Mediterranean basin became the Holy Land when the Almighty sovereignly set it apart from other nations and conveyed it to Abraham and his offspring, Isaac and Jacob, for covenantal purposes” (Genesis 35:10–11).

RAVDAP on Replacement Theology

 

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on Replacement Theology

 

In reference to the mistaken doctrine that became entrenched in Christian theology, Dwight quoted Dr. Robert Reymond, a systematic theologian from the United States:

All God’s land promises to Israel in the Old Testament are to be seen in terms of shadow, type and prophecy, in contrast to the reality, substance and fulfilment of which the New Testament speaks’. ‘We Christians, as members of Christ’s Messianic Kingdom, we are the real heirs to the Land promises of Holy Scripture, but in their fulfilled character in the heavenly hereafter’.

Dwight calls this an example of ‘Replacement Theology’ which seeks to replace  the Jewish people with the Church of Jesus Christ in the purposes and economy of God.

“This has been the standard Christian view for some twenty centuries. Dr. Reymond marshals a whole list of Scriptures to support his view, and of course Christian Zionists can marshal their list of Scriptures to support their point of view.

Can we now begin to say something fresh about this or must we each just dig into our trenches and throw stones back and forth?”

Dwight was right!

It is, I believe, the time in the unfolding plan of God’s Redemption when, not only is He calling for fresh vision and unity among Christians in connection with Israel, He is calling all His children, both Jewish and Christian, to the Sacred business of reaching across the great divide that has been established between Judaism and Christianity throughout centuries of sad, violent and misinformed history.

We need to be seeing with new eyes and re-evaluating set misconceptions; finding common ground; and, rather than being strangers with no connecting ties, realize that we  indeed are family with the same Father who is Love in all its depths and fullness.

RAVDAP – Dwight A Pryor – says…

 

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This is a fitting nom de plume to use for Dwight’s quotes. We had such a chuckle the day we went to the Licencing Bureau to get new licence plates for his beloved black Ram truck and he decided to have his longstanding e-mail address inserted on the plates.

I remember the first time ever I saw his email address and smiled as I realized it stood for Rabbi, or teacher – RAV, connected with his initials DAP – Dwight A. Pryor!

This was the name that distinguished his mails, back when we first were in official correspondence in connection with his submitting an article to be included in the magazine I was editing. Official then, but how precious it became.  And how precious all his words remain.

A friend and student of Dwight’s, J D McCraw, recently recalled:

Dear Geveret [Ma’am] Keren,  You know my inspiration for study is Rav (Dr) Pryor. It is promising that my thesis subject is: ‘The Holy Spirit in the Judaism of Qumran Sectarians.’ Dr. Pryor once said,Nothing could be more Jewish than the Holy Spirit.“”

 

Another RAVDAP Quote:  “The more Torah the more Life.”

 He once wrote this note:

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“Give me Liberty or give me death
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Give me Law (Torah) or give me death.”

As he  expressed in the Foreward to A Taste of Torah:

The Torah is a loving Father’s teaching. The Hebrew word torah fundamentally connotes guidance and instruction – that which aims you so that you hit the mark. And the mark for the Torah always is Life. Much more than “the Law,’ it is God’s will, wisdom and direction conveyed to His covenant children for their ongoing fellowship with the Holy One of Israel.

May we always “Choose Life.”