onsdag 4. desember 2019

No. 1485: Israel houses first, and then the Gentiles!

No. 1485:
Israel houses first, and then the Gentiles!

Author and article author for this article Ivar Haugsbakk.

Jesus and the Apostle Paul always preached the gospel first to the Jews - then to us Gentiles. We always came second, while Jews first. This is the "ranking" the Lord has set.

Illustration illustrates that it is the Jews who have the "first" right, then us pagans. We read that Esau sold his birthright for only one lens meal. So we can also sell spiritual and heavenly blessings for such and such.

Jesus came to the world to offer the Jews the "Kingdom of Heaven," a kingdom of peace on earth with the Jews at the center and Jesus as the King. As we now know, and as written in the Gospels, God's chosen people did not accept this offer.

Of course, it was God's original plan to save all the people of the earth, those who with their free will sought God with all their heart. The Kingdom of Heaven, with Israel at its center, was exposed to an unknown future and will become a reality in the coming 1000's.

When Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in Matthew 10, he said to them, "Do not go out into the ways of the Gentiles, nor enter any of the cities of the Samaritans, but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." understand this? Doesn't the gospel apply to the Gentiles as much as the Jews?

Paul then says in Rom 2:11 that "God does not make a difference to men", and in Rom 10:12: "There is no difference between Jews and Greeks, they all have the same master, who is rich enough for all who call on him. ”Why then did Jesus make this difference when he sent out the 12 disciples, and then the 70 disciples? Or how can Matthew 10: 5-6 agree with Matthew 28:19 where Jesus told the disciples to go out into the world and preach this gospel?

All of this is really easy to understand when we keep in mind that God has divided time into different time periods or households, and that his way of “keeping house” is different in these households. This is often called dispensationalism *, and some call it even unbiblical. From Adam to Abraham God dealt with the whole family of people together, but in Abraham's time God made a change with this.

When humans were building the tower that would reach straight up to heaven - Babal's tower - then God divided mankind into peoples with different languages ​​/ languages. God called Abraham and began his action with Israel. And to the Jewish people he gave the promises of the Messiah and the coming kingdom of peace on earth.

When Jesus came to the world, he came to his own and presented himself as the son of David and the king of Israel. "But his own did not receive him." And when Israel's rejection of Christ was complete, they were themselves temporarily rejected or put on a siding. But then God's hour was set to begin a new timekeeping in the world (Eph. 1: 9-10).

In John 12, Jesus said that when he was "exalted above the earth, he should draw all to himself." And Eph 2:11 tells us that this happened on Calvary. Then "He reconciled both (Jews and Gentiles) with God at the cross" and "made the two (Jew and Gentile) one." Those who were far away (Gentiles) came close to the blood of Christ. And from then on, Christ has come not only for "the lost sheep of the house of Israel," but for all people.

And that is why the gospel of God's grace and salvation is now being proclaimed through faith throughout the world. But it couldn't be that way before Easter and Pentecost. First, Israel must have its full opportunity to accept or reject its promised Messiah. Therefore, Paul also says to the Jews, "It was necessary that the gospel be first preached unto you, but as ye shew it from yourselves, and do not regard yourselves worthy of eternal life, so we turn unto the Gentiles." (Acts 13: 46)

Here we must further note that the message that the 12 disciples sent to the Jews in Matthew 10 was "the gospel of the kingdom." for Israel. (Acts 1: 6) This they would proclaim to their brethren, thereby exhorting them to repent.

* Dispensationalism - also called "premillennialism". The term comes from the foreign word "dispensation", which is used here in the meaning of "epoch", "timekeeping" (from English language use), and the basic view is that God acts in a completely different way with people in different eras.

In the end-time context, it is the doctrine that the congregation will be removed before the great tribulation, which is best known.

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