Well, here we go again friends! We’re launching back into our study, so pull up a chair and settle in!
Over the past two weeks we have focused on bringing the King home! As we know, Jesus wept over Jerusalem, then proclaimed, “For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matthew 23:39, Luke 13:35) This week we’ll discuss making way for the King!
We know that, in God’s covenant with Abraham, He promised land and descendants…in essence, a kingdom. At times, I think our picture of God’s plan is much too small! I don’t think God was promising a tiny piece of land to a small group of people. I believe He had a much bigger picture in mind. Turn to Romans 4:11-13 for evidence of that. There we find:
- Abraham received the of sign circumcision in order to make him the father of both Gentiles (uncircumcised) and Jews (circumcised).
- God’s promise to Abraham was that he and his offspring would be heir of the world.
Heir of the world? Yes, Abraham and his descendants would inherit the nations…not just the Jewish nation! In fact, the Jewish nation is only a stepping stone to the inheritance God had in mind! God’s view of a kingdom is a worldwide family made up of those who receive the Messiah!
Now, read John 10:14-16. Indeed, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who has laid down His life for the sheep. But pay close attention to verse 16. He has other sheep (Gentiles) “not of this fold,” but He will bring them into the fold (which He did!) so there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Did you catch it, gang? There is one family, one flock, one shepherd. The family/flock will be made up of every tribe, tongue and nation. The question is: who are these people who make up the family/flock?
Let’s go to Romans 2:28-29 for the answer:
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
So, who is a true Jew? It is not one who is circumcised outwardly, but one circumcised of the heart! Remember Abraham? He was a Gentile, whose heart was circumcised. (Re-read Romans 4:11!) So, what does that say about us as believing Gentiles, except that we are part of a very big extended family?
Ponder that overnight and we’ll come back to it tomorrow!