I Love ALL Nations Descended From Abraham
Matt.8:10-12; Acts Chapter 10; 17:26; Rom.2:9-10; 9:8
In their zeal to prove themselves loyal friends of physical Israel, My spiritual Israel the church often forgets that Father Abraham begat many other nations also, who are also in great need of the salvation Christ offers. Christians are told by their preachers that whatever the secular state of Israel does, she MUST be given UNCONDITIONAL prayer, if not financial, support, because physical Israel is “My Chosen People” and is due UNQUESTIONED loyalty. To even question whether certain of Israel’s policies are right or wrong is allegedly a sin, because she enjoys a privileged status above and beyond any other nation on earth. But NOWHERE does it state that I hold Israel less accountable for her sins than other nations. Tribulation and anguish comes to the unrepentant Jew FIRST, and also to the Gentile, even as the Gospel was first offered unto Israel before going out to other nations.
Some preachers insist that physical Israel is pure enough NOT to need to humble themselves before Christ and be saved, like other nations. Jews are allegedly saved through their OWN OT-style covenant, and to evangelize them is not necessary. And the other preconceived notion is this: Muslims are a lost cause, and I have utterly given up on them. Christians are subtly taught to demonize all Arabs as terrorists even though they are as much descendants of Abraham as the Jews. These ideas are a deception of satan. The Apostle Peter, himself a devout Jew, said: I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he who fears the Lord and does what is right is accepted by Him. NO MAN is to be called common or unclean based on his race or ethnic origin. Peter had been taught all his life that every Jew was superior in My sight by mere birthright, while any so-called “goyim” (Gentiles) who were uncircumcised were equivalent to two-legged dogs who lived and died without hope of salvation. Peter honestly believed this up until he saw the vision of the sheet letting down every kind of beast under heaven, and was commanded to kill and eat them. Peter would have been horrified at the mere thought of eating a pork chop or a shrimp, even if no other food were available. At the time Peter failed to understand Christ’s clear teaching that the “children of the Kingdom” (natural unbelieving Jews) had been cast out of the eternal kingdom in favor of believing Jews AND Gentiles. In Peter’s mind, only physical circumcision could purify a Gentile, otherwise that “stranger” remained unclean and alienated from God. But Peter learned that whatever I have cleansed, is not to be called common or unclean. It is the spiritual circumcision OF THE HEART which matters to Me, and which constitutes true consecration.
It was a Roman centurion who got the highest commendation from Christ for his level of faith, not a fellow Israelite. The Roman soldier’s faith was rewarded with a physical healing for his servant. Genetics played NO part in the potency of this Gentile’s faith. There was no barrier of pride to prevent the free exercise of his faith. This soldier was so humble he didn’t even dare approach Christ personally. Before the Cross, there WAS a very real divide between Gentiles and Israel, where approachability to the Throne of Grace is concerned, because only Israel had received the correct Levitical system of sacrifices through Moses. Instead of coming to Me himself, this Gentile soldier sent some Jewish friends to plead his case.
Christians are deceived into viewing all Arabs as potential terrorists and all Jews as holy simply by virtue of race. They forget that it was Christ’s own countrymen who delivered Him up to the Cross to be crucified by the Romans. They forget that even after the astonishing proof of His personal resurrection, most of the nation of Israel STILL made excuses for not believing in Jesus, and persecuted His disciples long after His own ascension back to heaven. No group of people ought to be viewed through rose-tinted glasses, and no group of people should be written off as demons in human form. ALL men are born sinners and are in need of My grace. I made ALL men of one blood upon the face of the earth, and none is superior because of their natural descent.
It is all too easy to put confidence in sinful flesh instead of in the spirit even in your relationships with other Christians. How much more absurd is it to exalt or condemn a whole race of people just on the basis of who they are (allegedly) descended from! Once you are grafted into Christ the Living Vine, you partake of His own priestly royal lineage, and your natural descent no more matters. It is the glory of the Lord to raise up humble people to become princes and princesses of the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, those who glory in the flesh and proudly boast in their sin-tainted natural heritage are on the road to perdition. I cannot save anyone who does not realize their need of Me.
How dangerous, to try to gain admittance into heaven based on your alleged physical descent from this or that individual! Those things most highly esteemed in the sight of men are an abhorrence to a God Whose eyes are too pure to look upon the imperfection of spotted flesh.
Preach the gospel to Jew and Gentile alike as I give you opportunity. If they don’t feel that they need Me, it won’t be your fault when they face the consequences of their bad choices.