Welcome back friends! If you are new here, we are in the midst of looking at snippets from a new Bible study entitled Why Israel Matters: Rightly Relating to Our Jewish Roots. Over the past several days we focused on a section I call “Israel: The Story of God’s Love for the World.” Today we are moving to a new section called “God’s 3-Fold Call on Israel.”
I readily admit that the outline used here is not my own, but that of various teachings by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. However, after studying dozens of resources, I’ve compiled Biblical truth in the outline laid out by ICEJ because I believe it puts the pieces together very well for us! So, let’s dig in!
As you know, Abraham is a central figure in Jewish history, as God called him to birth the Jewish people! Before Abraham there were no Jews! Beyond that, though, God has used Abraham to usher in a way of salvation for Gentiles, as well as Jews! (Go back and study the previous section if that sounds confusing to you! You’ll find a list of those lessons here.)
When God made covenant with Abraham, he placed a very special call upon him and gave him a worldwide mission. That call is a 3-fold call, to be carried out via the Jewish people:
- A Birthing Call
- A Suffering Call
- A Priestly Call
Let’s examine the birthing call first. God birthed a specific purpose through Abraham.
“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
God chose to bless Israel (Abraham and his descendants) in order that the entire world might be blessed through them! Israel is a conduit, a pipeline, a vessel. But what is the blessing promised by God? Again, if you studied the first section, you know that the blessing is salvation. Israel is the vehicle of world redemption!
But heads up, dear Christian friends! Salvation isn’t a “Christian” story, it is a Jewish story! Now, before you flood me with “proof” that it is Christian, stick with me! Of course I know Christians partake of salvation…but we’re not Christians until we partake of it! So, where did it come from? Salvation is from the Jews! Don’t believe me? Argue with God: John 4:22!
In fact, I want you to see all that the apostle Paul tells us belongs to the Jews:
They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all,blessed forever. Amen.
Did you catch that! To the Jews belong all those marvelous things…including Jesus Christ in the flesh, who is God over all! But wait…there’s more! Romans 3:2 says the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God! He spoke His Word to the Jews! We have a Jewish Bible, written by Jewish men, primarily to Jewish people, about a Jewish Messiah who came first to the Jews!
I think the point here is this: As Christians, we cannot deny our roots. They are as Jewish as Jewish can be. That is because God, in His sovereignty, birthed blessings through Abraham, via the Jews, to the entire world…just as He promised in Genesis 12:2-3.
We’re not done looking at the birthing call, but I want to give you time to chew on what we have focused on today! While you’re at it, why not stop right now and praise God for the grace and mercy He has poured out on us by calling a Gentile (Abraham) to be father of the Jews, so that Jews could bless Gentiles with salvation…and Gentiles could move Jews to jealousy for their own Messiah! (Romans 11:11)
Just gnaw on it for a while…