Ever Wonder About ISRAEL?
“As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:28-29)
In this passage it speaks of Israel, and more specifically practicing Jews, God fearing Israel, those who choose to believe in God and follow his ordinances. So how do we understand the Jewish faith today in relation to God and in relation therefore to the new covenant founded By God in Christ Jesus?
This passage shares that there is a mystery which God will still enact upon (v25). In v29 we see God’s gifts and callings are irrevocable. Therefore to the nation of Israel, God still has prior obligations to this people – based on their forefathers (v28). We all know this and this can be seen all throughout prophecy as well. The nation of Israel is a key player leading to and including the second coming of Christ. Therefore the questions appears – why is God still so active with this people, even though he’s made a “newer and better covenant” (Heb12:24)? And that is for ALL to come under. I say all because our mission still remains to the Jews first. We know how Paul was known to be called to the Gentiles, whilst Peter was known to be called to the Jews. God still pursues them relentlessly! So in summery this passage reveals that the Jewish people have been ‘temporarily hardened’ until the full number of Gentiles has come in (Rom11:25). This means therefore that, Yes Christianity IS the new and better covenant (based on grace not works), but at the same time whilst Israel is hardened, God is still faithful to his promises made to their forefathers. Does this mean that they’re exempt from believing in Jesus Christ? No definitely not, but it does mean that God will judge them accordingly. God bless, and have a great day! ~ From Quick Study Prophetic