Sunday, Sept. 27
Probably most of my readers were already acquainted with the truth of yesterday’s blog, which was a prelude to what I want to pass on to you today. If there is any ethnic group that is talked about more today than the Muslims, it would be the Jews. These two groups are at sword points and have been for centuries. It actually goes back to the period of the patriarchs when the nation of Israel was formed. Ishmael, Esau, and Lot’s two sons, Moab and Ammon, developed into nations and became fierce enemies of Israel because of jealousy. God had chosen Israel to be “His people,” a nation that would be blessed abundantly and would represent God in the world. And here’s my focus. Not only did these “sister nations” resent being left out, the Jews themselves were lifted up with pride. They thought of themselves as better than other people—that God chose them on their merit. How wrong and disastrous that was! We all know that they failed miserably in representing God to the rest of the world. They got a “wake up call” when God sent them into slavery under the Assyrians and the Babylonians. Although they forsook idolatry, they remained arrogant. When their Messiah arrived on the scene, they rejected Him, too. Jesus did everything possible to assume His rightful place as their Messiah, but to no avail. The climax came just before the transfiguration. “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life (Mt. 16:21).” His focus moved from convincing the Jews that He was the Messiah to preparing His disciples for the crucifixion. To this day the Jews have not lost their arrogance. When they rejected their Messiah, God removed them as His witness in this world and established the church to replace them. Although God rejected them, He did not abandon them. Bible prophecies reveal that there is a time coming when the Jews will recognize their Messiah. They are still “His people.” His promises concerning them will be fulfilled. This is the core message of Rom. 9-11.