As my focus turns more and more toward preparation of our tour to Israel, I’m reminded daily of the importance of understanding our Jewish roots, and rightly relating to the Jewish people. The Bible speaks clearly, and Charles Spurgeon has aptly commented on that principle. Thus, I will yield to Scripture and the great pastor’s sermon notes to speak to this issue. (Pardon the Old English!) Enjoy!
“So now, my Brothers and Sisters, we ought to have very great tenderness of heart towards the older branch of the family—the seed of Abraham, the house of Jacob, the children of Israel, who, for the most part, still reject our Lord Jesus Christ and remain outside the pale of His Church. A Christian is the last person who ought to ever speak disrespectfully or unkindly of the Jews. We remember that our Lord belonged to that race and that His first Apostles were also of that nation. And we regard that ancient people as the very aristocracy of mankind, tracing back their pedigree to those before whom the mightiest kings might well veil their faces, and bow in lowliest homage, for I reckon that to be descended from Abraham, “the friend of God,” and, “the father of the faithful,” is to have a lineage higher than that of any of the princes of the earth!
Let us pray to God continually for the ingathering of the Jews. They are the original branches of the good olive tree, although for a time they have been cut off because of unbelief. And we, who were only wild olive shoots, have been grafted into their places. Shall we boast and exalt ourselves over them? No…”Walking in the Light of the Lord (No 2713)
A sermon intended for reading on Lord’s-Day, February 10, 1901
Delivered by C.H. Spurgeon
“O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2:5
For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy] : and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were graffed in among them, and with them partakes of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bear not the root, but the root. You will say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God-The Father spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not you. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God-The Father: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in [his] goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God-The Father is able to graff them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches] , be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heal Of God] , until the fullness of the Goyim [Gentiles] be come in.~Romans 11:16-25 (NMV)
PS: This is not an endorsement for the NMV version, of which I am not highly familiar. Rather, I chose to remain consistent with Spurgeon’s use of Scripture. Otherwise, I prefer to view it as a commentary (as I do translations such as The Message). For study purposes, I recommend sticking to solid, well-founded translations such as the NASB and ESV.