Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
The Jews And Jerusalem (Part 1)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.' For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, 'Peace be within you.'
Psalm 122:6-8 (NKJV)
Here's the thing: God loves Jews with an 'Everlasting love' (Jeremiah 31:3), and He established them with an 'Everlasting covenant' (Isaiah 61:8).

'Wait a minute,' you might say. 'Now He's talking about His true children, the Christians.' Well, no and yes.

Most scholars would argue that the Jews are His true children. Scriptures say they are, and 'His Word is truth' (John 17:17) in its 'Entirety' (Psalm 119:160). God didn't change His Mind, because He 'Is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow' (Hebrews 13:8).

Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews of His day, 'Do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones' (Matthew 3:9).

So He did, and here we are.

We are those 'Living stones' (1 Peter 2:5); Gentiles who become Christians by 'Faith are sons of Abraham' (Galatians 3:7) through adoption. We are the 'wild' branches 'Grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree' (Romans 11:24). We are heirs to God's promises by faith in Jesus Christ.

'I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not!' (Romans 11:1).

'You will say then, 'Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.' Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either... {and} if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again' (Romans 11:19-23).

Throughout the ages, racial prejudice has surrounded the Jews, resulting in unspeakable horrors and countless tragedies. My Jewish best friend, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, says, 'We don't feel like the Chosen People.'

And to this day, the small, hard-pressed, and miraculously reassembled nation of Israel is surrounded by a coalition of hatred: nations that despise it and seek to annihilate its inhabitants, the Jews.

For the love of God, don't be among them. Nor should any Christian sit on the sidelines of apathy toward their plight.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Jews And Jerusalem series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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