Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Foolish Nation, Jealousy, And Redemption

They (Israel) have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (Deut. 32:21)

You and I are this “foolish nation.” When the Jews rejected God’s Son, their loss became our gain (Rom. 11:12), and as the passage in Deuteronomy 32 informed us, God is going to use us to make the Jewish nation, Israel, jealous.

This brings me to my main point. Many within Christendom are saying Israel has been replaced by the Church, and that God is done with the literal nation of Israel. While I part company with the majority of today’s dispensationalists on many issues, I agree that they have correctly presented the fact that God does have a future plan for Nation Israel, and that a large portion of literal Jews will someday join us, the Church, in our love for His Son.

What’s the point of God using us to make them jealous if it’s not to “win” them back? Why does a teenage boy take another girl to the football game and parade her in front of his ex-girlfriend? Is it only to shove it in her face? Sometimes, maybe, but quite often it’s to show the girl what she is missing, in hopes that she will desire him once again. It is no different with God, other than the fact He doesn’t have to hope that it will come to past—He can, and will do it.

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 (Rom 11:25-27).

Don’t be deceived by the naysayers. The day the skeptics can measure the heavens above is the day that He will be done with Israel.

Thus says the LORD, "If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out below, then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done," declares the LORD (Jer. 31:37).

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