Saturday, Oct. 17
“The Jews were not expecting their Messiah to be God. They were looking for a ‘Super-David.’”—Tom Thieme. This is not altogether surprising. David was a warrior who was used of God to conquer Israel’s enemies. Prosperity under his son, Solomon, was the epitome of success. But it led to a massive falling away from God, and subsequently the nation was taken captive and remained that way right up to the coming of their Messiah. Their hero was David, not Jeremiah or Isaiah. To the Jews, Rome was the enemy, not a superficial and meaningless religion. Ultimately, materialism became the measure of success. There was a precedent for this in their history. God blessed Abraham with material things, as He did with many others. He also promised material blessings if His people would obey Him and a dearth of material things if they didn’t. Disobedience led to disaster, just as God had predicted. So Israel remained a subject nation (with occasional repentance and recovery) right up to the coming of their Messiah. Israel’s history also skewed their thinking about the Messiah. They ignored prophecies about a suffering Savior, opting for a Messiah that would defeat the Romans and restore Israel to its former glory. Jesus didn’t fit their expectations. Little by little they realized that it was not His goal to overthrow Rome. All this had a purpose of course. Jesus had to die for the sins of the world, and the Gentiles had to be “grafted in.” Unfortunately, materialism is not limited to the Israelites of the O.T. or to the Jews of Jesus’ day. The Church, which replaced the Jews as God’s witness in this world, is laced with materialism. I know I’m meddling here, but how much money and time do you spend on making your own life one of one of comfort and ease? You are probably wondering about me—and you would hit a sore spot. I don’t measure up too well, either. I need to do more than think about it. I need to do something about it. Your life is your business, but don’t forget that it’s God’s business, too.