For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.
Jews are God's chosen people. They wrote both Testaments of the Bible, 'Because to them were committed the oracles of God' (Romans 3:2)*. In them, Gentiles are 'people who were not Jews; heathens or pagans' (World English Dictionary).
I believe the Bible not only supersedes time, but directs it. Combining past, present, and future, the Good Book is better than good: It's transcendental--layering prophesy on top of history. In between them is direction for today. Every Word is relevant.
Clearly, God loves the Jews. His promises to Abraham are irrevocable: 'And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant' (Genesis 17:7).
Jews are the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They are the children of promise. But Jesus makes it clear that being born a Jew does not guarantee the promise: 'Do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father' ' (Matthew 3:9). 'Because you are not able to listen to My Word. You are of your father the devil' (John 8:43-44).
Paul concurs: 'For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly... but he is a Jew who is one inwardly... in the Spirit' (Romans 2:28-29). 'For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7).
However, if Christians believe Jews have no part in Heaven or the new earth, they're wrong. 'And so all Israel will be saved' (Romans 11:26). Those who are true sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will meet Jesus before earth's end. In fact, their belief in Jesus is precedent to His return.
To Be Continued...
*Some scholars believe Luke was a Gentile, but stronger evidence suggests he was a Jew.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Jews and Gentiles series.