Welcome back, study friends! Last week, as we gathered around the virtual study table, we focused on the invitation that must be offered in order to bring the King (Jesus) home. That invitation is found in Matthew 23:39, where Jesus said:
“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
So, that is our backdrop as we move to this week’s study. Jesus is coming back, but will not “barge onto the scene.” He is waiting to hear the Jewish people declare “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai!” (Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.)
While on earth, Jesus taught “kingdom lessons.” His promise to Abraham included land and descendants…a kingdom on earth. The land given was Israel, but until 1948 it was difficult to imagine a kingdom made up of Abraham’s descendants, as the Jews were dispersed all over the world and Gentiles ruled the “kingdom” designated to the Jews.
But, when the nation of Israel was re-born in 1948, that opened the opportunity to establish “headquarters” once again. Today, Israel is back in the land and Gentiles no longer rule the kingdom.
Biblically, God must preserve them. Romans 11:29 tells us the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable, and He is not a liar! He intends a kingdom, and a new kingdom is coming.
When God called Abraham and promised a kingdom, He had a worldwide kingdom in mind. Romans 4:13 tells us Abraham was heir of the whole world, thus the inheritance was worldwide, not only the Jewish state.
God also had in mind a worldwide family, made of more than simply Abraham’s physical descendants. As we discussed last week, Galatians 3 (particularly verses 7 and 29) tells us those of faith…those who belong to Christ…are Abraham’s descendants!
God is bringing together one flock with one Shepherd…united in Christ via the covenants we studied over the past two weeks!
Let’s close out today’s discussion with this:
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
Just as God called a pagan Gentile (Abraham) as father of the Jews, He invites us as Gentiles into His family as well!
We’ll continue these thoughts tomorrow, so be sure to check back then! Blessings!