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WARNING: This article could challenge one’s preconceived Biblical foundation.
The Jewish people are God’s chosen. In fact, if one would look at the Bible, not as a history book of humanity, but rather as the story of Jewish people, one would have a greater understanding and appreciation of God’s Word. Adam and Eve were the beginning of the Jewish life line. The first book of recorded history, Genesis, implies that there was a pre-Adamic creation that was destroyed by a flood. How long that early creation existed before Adam and Eve, one could only speculate. It would seem it was millions of years, thus giving rise to scientists’ theory of how old the earth really is. Between verses one and two of Genesis chapter one, there seems to have been a catastrophic event that literally destroyed the earth by water. The result of this was God’s original creation became “without form and void.” In the Hebrew text, the word for WITHOUT FORM means, “wasteness, that which is laid waste.” The word VOID is defined as “emptiness, undistinguishable ruin.” We know that God did not originally create the earth waste and empty. (Is. 45:18) We further see that the Holy Spirit moved over the waters (Hebrew text for water is, “wasting, urine.”) He was in fact preparing for the reconstruction of God’s earth. In six days, God spoke creation into existence. (Gen. 1: 2- 25) Scripture states that God destroyed the earth again by water when He “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…” (Gen. 6:5) The only survivors of this great judgment were Noah and his family.
As one reads the Old Testament you become aware of the continual rebellion of God’s chosen. God vows never again to destroy the earth with water, but chooses to deal with His people through chastisements, punishments, rejections and separations. When Israel repents, He heals, rewards, accepts and receives them. God knew the hearts of His people and, even as early as Moses, and then later on with Isaiah, He put in place a plan that would ultimately bring Israel back into His outstretched arms. (Rom. 10: 19-21) He would adopt a people who were not a people (I Peter 2:10) and bestow upon them the benefits that belong to His chosen. As a result of the hardening of the Jewish heart, the Church (called out company of believers), steps into God’s great plan of redemption for the world. What we of the adoption fail to realize is our responsibility to the Jewish people. God adopted us and poured out the blessings of His Kingdom so as we would “provoke” the Jews to jealousy. (Rom. 11: 11-14) Christianity is to be the mirror of Jesus. The Jews need to see all they are missing by seeing all that we are receiving. It is not by our words only, but by our actions which will motivate God’s Chosen to realize they missed God’s great love for them, namely the Messiah. If we are not a living, walking, example of the Kingdom of God, how can we expect to influence God’s Chosen to return to Him? They need to see that Jesus came to forgive them of their sins by going to the cross and dying for them. God has not cast away the Jewish people, but they are estranged from God because of their rebellion.
The Church must wake up and realize we are called not only to reach the unsaved, but the Jewish people as well. If we are not exhibiting the abundant and full life that God has offered us, how can we hope to draw anyone to hear about the wonderful Grace of God? If you are a changed person, show it. If you have experienced God’s Grace, exhibit it. If you have new life, display it. Turn your pouts to shouts, your depression to expression, your scars to stars, your grazing to praising! People will see that you are different and will desire to have what you have.
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