We suppose that we are all certain that our feet are on solid ground until it becomes obvious that ancient things do not necessarily take the lead. This pattern is established in the election of Jacob over Esau and Joseph and Judah over Reuben. The unique history of Israel does not make it either to first place nor do any of the attempts to make Israelite life the foundation for spirituality. To be the one and only is not a goal and existing in a state of never achieving – compliance with the covenant – is the same as being dead.
The end of the fulfilled
When solutions are needed for what to eat and drink we search the Bible. When correction is needed for interpersonal problems we search. If we wanted to learn how to build and maintain the ancient symbols of God’s dealings we search the law. If we want to be hip to salvation and searched the law we would find that salvation and its happiness lie decidedly outside and apart from law and prophets. Israel is without controversy the unique vessel of God’s dealings with humanity in preparation for Messiah. The chosen people are still alone and unique but certifiably dead. The fulfillment of divine sayings arrives when death, its sting and power are shown the door.
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:2 Timothy 1:10