Lawngren’s post last week about the Blessed Hope, focused on the return of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He is also Yeshua Hamashiach, the Annointed, Mashiach, Messiah.
In his article, he mentioned the verses in Romans which Paul spoke of the spiritual blindness of the Jews until the fullness of the gentiles has come in. Here is a wider context of Paul’s message which describes God’s plan for His chosen people:
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
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 thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
His loving kindness towards them, as He has always kept a remnant who remain faithful. All through the Old Testament have we seen how God keeps a remnant behind, and we can see it still in our time.
We’ve posted a few videos from the organization One for Israel here before- most of them personal testimonies from Jews who have accepted Yeshua as their Messiah. I’ve watched many of their testimonies and read quite a few articles, but this video is newer and I watched it a couple of days before we posted lawngren’s article- and a few things stuck out for me as I considered the word of Scripture that he included, as well as some of the points Eitan Bar mentioned in his talk. Mainly Eitan’s way of coming to know Jesus, because he was ‘provoked to jealousy’. But what I find interesting about this video are the explanations of why Jews don’t believe in Jesus. I knew a little, but not all, and it is eye opening. Both for the horrible witness of Christians in the past (and even now with evil replacement theology and anti Israeli Antisemitism within many churches) but also the vehemence of religious Jews towards Jesus now. Another interesting thing that I knew but didn’t consider is the attitude of Christians who support Israel for the Abrahamic promise (those who bless you will be blessed) – but mostly economically and politically, but not so much by evangelism.
As Gentile Christians, we never know when or if we’ll have a chance to openly talk about Yeshua to non believing Jews, and we need to be aware of Christians’ dark past and of the understandable wariness and even antagonistic attitudes of many Jews now- and to remember that God has caused their spiritual blindness for a time… until our time is full.
Please watch this, it’s not long (51 minutes) and it really is exciting to see how these believers are transforming the gospel message in one of the most difficult places on the planet to evangelize- Israel.
And keep them in much prayers as they reach, teach and encourage Jews and Arabs in their search for Jesus.
The fact is that evangelism to Jews by believing Jews is on the rise, and more Jews are looking into this Christianity thing with new eyes. Could it be that our time as gentiles is almost done? Only the Lord knows, but it sure is encouraging and exciting to see Jews finally seeing the Light!
Have a blessed day all.