Israel and Gentiles Explained

We are not told we need to understand God or his ways. We are actually told from scripture, God’s ways are not man’s ways. Yet we seek to know and understand God. We ask God questions like, why am I here or what is my purpose.  Often, people look to counselors, pastors, teachers, family, friends and even from God for direction.
However you determine your purpose, you arrive at a point where you need to make a decision. Stick with me for a few minutes and you will see where I am going with this. Once you “get it” it will change your life.

The Old Testament not only shows Israel could not keep God’s laws but it also points out Jesus is their Messiah they were looking for. Isaiah 53 and many other Old Testament verses prove Jesus, a Jew from King David’s lineage, is the Messiah.

Sadly, many Jews chose to believe their religious leaders over evidence they saw with their own eyes and the scripture – Not all, but many.

Writers of the Old and New Testament are all Jews. The Bible is a book about Jews, written initially to Jews for Jews with the Old Testament. But later, in the New Testament God includes Gentiles.  God takes a Jew named Saul, changes his name to Paul and sends him to Gentiles and Jews and kings.

Acts 9:13-16 KJV  “Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
[14] And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
[15] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
[16] For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

So God opened a window of opportunity to the Gentiles, for salvation. Why did God do this? As Paul explains in Romans 9:30 through Romans 10, to make the Jews jealous. Not to replace the Jews, but to make them jealous. Jealous that Gentiles were worshipping and praising their God, the God of Abraham,  Isaac and Jacob who God manifest or made known to man in the person of Jesus the Christ and now lives in all believers through God the Holy Ghost. 1 John 5:7 KJV  “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

Note: There are some who teach the church has replaced Israel. This is heresy. Those that teach that are false teachers who know nothing of God’s love for Israel. They know nothing about God’s covenants with Israel.

When God called Saul on the road to Damascus,  Saul/Paul says Jesus spoke to him, from heaven, in the Hebrew tongue. Acts 26:13-18 KJV
“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
[14] And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
[15] And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
[16] But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
[17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Paul said,  even Isaiah the prophet  ( in the Old Testament ) spoke of the times Gentiles would trust Jesus ( the root of Jesse). But there is a time coming when the “fullness of the Gentiles” will come (Romans 11:25) and then, after that, God will save all of Israel as Paul explains in Romans 11:26.

But this post is not about the great love God has for Israel or how God has grafted in Gentile believers. This is about a verse that many have used to explain the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit’s working has nothing to do with this verse at face value. The verse?

1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV  “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”

Finally, after 33 years of salvation – 33 years of study, now God showed me in a way I could understand. I can not explain this without running this post length too long. But I will give you a clue and hope you research the clue, keeping in mind 1 Corinthians 1:22-31.

The Clue – Ephesians 4:17 KJV
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,”

Until next time.

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