Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
The Jews And Jerusalem (Part 2, Conclusion)
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Romans 11:25 (NKJV)
Christians, do not be deceived, get arrogant, or grow complacent; God loves the Jews with an endless, consuming, and jealous love. Jerusalem, not Rome, is the eternal city.
'I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband' (Revelation 21:2); 'And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass...The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light' (Revelation 21:21,23).
Like a man who brings his wayward fiancÚ back to her right mind by dating another woman, God is that Man, and we are the other woman: 'I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation' (Romans 10:19).
Yet God is the Lord of Hosts and no petty man; so He adopted us Christians into every right, promise, and privilege of His chosen people. Adopted children are highly treasured and no less loved; we have no need to worry about our position, but we have great need to pray for the Jews and Jerusalem.
They are our passionate brothers and sisters who have temporarily strayed like the Prodigal Son. But the Bible says they will come home. 'And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: 'The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob' ' (Romans 11:26). 'Jacob' is Israel.
Before the earth's end, Jesus says, 'It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn' (Zechariah 12:9-10).
Know this: the Jews and Jerusalem will know Jesus. If we are true Christ followers, we will spend eternity with them. So, make peace now.
If you are an actor, you will work for them. Joel Stein writes in the L.A. Times, 'The Jews are so dominant; I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies.'
Therefore, respect their culture. Pray for their nation, and show them the love of Christ.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Jews And Jerusalem series.