Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Jews And Gentiles (Part 1: God's Chosen People)
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.
Deuteronomy 14:2 (NKJV)
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.
Matthew 2:2 (NKJV)
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.