Israel Has Purpose for Living in Jesusí Power Apologetics essay / 765 words
By Robert Schaetzle Sr.
Through Israel, as Godís chosen people come promises from their Redeemer even as for the gentile, yet whether Jew or gentile we often donít appreciate or recognize Godís bountiful love.
Isaiah 42:1 NKJV, Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah is referring here to the coming of the Lord Jesus and the anointing of Godís Holy Spirit as He presents to us ĎHis Servant.í When God says He will uphold a person, nothing can bring that person down or discourage him when we purpose our life to Him.
The weakest link in Godís armor is when we fail to put on the fullness of God, seeking His resources when we come to Him.
I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep You and Give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the gentiles.í[Isaiah 42: 6]
As a child my own dad would put his strong hand in my weak paralyzed right hand to give me courage in time of need. Think one day what Jesus will do for Israel and each one of us? There will be no dark pathways that He will not bring the light of His countenance to lead the way.
Israelís Rejection Not Total or Final
Throughout the years of wandering for the Israelite nation of old, they stumbled and appeared to have lost their way in their quest for hope because of their disobedience, not unlike us today, but God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us all, Jew and gentile alike.
Move forward around 750 later when the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter eleven Godís assurance to the Israelite people, the hope Israel has been waiting for
ĎI say then, have they [Israel] stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the gentile, how much more their fullness? [Romans 11:11-12]
Romans eleven reveals assurance to fallen Israel. When we take into consideration the goodness and the severity of God, weíll begin to see the full picture of Godís intent for His chosen people. We must consider the power of His presence regardless of our ethnic heritage.
God gives promise that He grafts us into His Son Jesus as the true vine for life eternal, [read John fifteen] Israel too if they come to recognize theyíre not a castaway, but look to understand God loves all His creation, when we all turn from our pride and tradition of old.
ĎAnd they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these , who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?í
There have been some Iíve shared the word with over the years that say to me the Old Testament isnít relevant for us today, but if one doesnít read the whole bible, how would he or she discover the love of God through past performances of Godís power at work?
All scripture is inspired by God, not just the New Testament, or Jesusí words from the ĎSermon on the Mount.í The people of ancient Israel went astray; they turned everyone to his or her own way, just as we do today. Why we should want to search out the scriptures is to understand history past so we will hopefully learn to transform our own hearts into His way and recognize more how we each fit into the fullness of Godís design, for Israel and each one of us.
God put a jealousy in the people of Israel as His purpose for them to find the Way, but the final doxology to this is the depth of Godís love and riches.
ĎOh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! [Romans 11:33]
What a treasure chest of hope and promise waiting for the people of Israel when they come to acknowledge and receive Yíshua [Jesus] as their own.
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