Monday, March 9th, 2015
Outsiders (Part 4)
I will establish My Covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting Covenant, to be God to you and your descendants...
Genesis 17:7 (NKJV)
I will pour out on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me Whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
Zechariah 12:10 (NASB)*
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
'The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.
This is My Covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.'
Romans 11:25-27 (NASB)**
If we are covered by the Blood of Jesus, then Jews are our Blood kin. For Christians (or anyone else) to judge God's chosen people is extraordinarily unwise. God promised Abraham: 'I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse' (Genesis 12:3). 'Those who strive with you shall perish' (Isaiah 41:11). 'For he who touches you, touches the apple of His Eye' (Zechariah 2:8).
End times prophesies in multiple Books of the Bible speak of a massive come-to-Jesus meeting for God's chosen people, our brethren, the Jews.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I believe it no accident that Hollywood was founded by Jews. According to modern-day research, the children of Israel still run it.****
So what does that mean to you?
1) If you're truly committed to Christ, you're also committed to Israel and its people. In no uncertain terms, we are told to 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, 'May peace be within you.' For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good' (Psalm 122:6-9). In other words, God blesses those who bless them.
2) Since Jesus left, so-called Christians have committed atrocious crimes against the Jews. This terrible history has given our mutual King the wrong reputation. Your performance can help set the record straight about Who Jesus is. Your talent is the opening act. But the deal clinchers are 'Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' and 'self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23)--especially when it's hard. By them, you witness the Messiah they have not seen.
To Be Continued...
* Commentary on Zechariah 12:10: 'The day here spoken of, is the day of Jerusalem's defence and deliverance, that glorious day when God will appear for the salvation of his people. In Christ's first coming He bruised the serpent's head, and broke all the powers of darkness that fought against God's kingdom among men. In His second coming He will complete their destruction, when He shall put down all opposing rule, principality, and power; and death itself shall be swallowed up in that victory. The Holy Spirit is gracious and merciful, and is the Author of all grace or holiness. He, also, is the Spirit of supplications, and shows men their ignorance, want, guilt, misery, and danger. At the time here foretold, the Jews will know Who the crucified Jesus was; then they shall look by faith to Him, and mourn with the deepest sorrow, not only in public, but in private, even each one separately. There is a holy mourning, the effect of the pouring out of the Spirit; a mourning for sin, which quickens faith in Christ, and qualifies for joy in God. This mourning is a fruit of the Spirit of grace, a proof of a work of grace in the soul, and of the Spirit of supplications. It is fulfilled in all who sorrow for sin after a godly sort; they look to Christ crucified, and mourn for Him. Looking by faith upon the Cross of Christ will cause us to mourn for sin after a godly sort' (Matthew Henry): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/zechariah/12-10.htm
** God Will Yet Choose Israel: http://www.matthewmcgee.org/israel.html
** See Isaiah 59:19-20: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+59%3A19-20&version=NKJV
*** Short Article: 2 Witnesses in End Times Israel: http://www.letusreason.org/Biblexp50.htm
*** Short Article: Israel's Role in End Times Tribulation: http://www.gotquestions.org/end-times-Israel.html
**** Jews Boast of Owning Hollywood: http://newobserveronline.com/jews-boast-of-owning-hollywood-but-slam-gentiles-who-say-the-same/
***** Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: http://www.gotquestions.org/pray-peace-Jerusalem.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Outsiders series.