He made the earth by his power
He founded the world by his wisdom
And stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
When he thunders
The waters in the heavens roar
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
And brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Every man is senseless and without knowledge
Every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
His images are a fraud
They have no breath in them.
They are worthless, the objects of mockery
When their judgment comes
They will perish.
He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these
For he is the Maker of all things
Including the tribe of his inheritance –
The Lord Almighty is his name.
It’s difficult these days to believe that God cares for a particular people because the part of the world that continues to believe in a God has universalized him, so that He is either for all or for none. But the word of God does not lie “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:28c). God, who is Spirit, cannot be thrown into a fire like gold and refashioned into something other. He is who He is – I AM THAT I AM – He is the Creator and Sustainer of the world, us, and His people, His ‘portion’, ‘the tribe of his inheritance’.
We are quick to point to the amazing creative acts of God. We are quick to point to His Grace poured out for us through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. We are not quick to defend His people, His ‘portion’, ‘the tribe of his inheritance’. Whether we agree with it or not, God has chosen a people for Himself, for His purposes. Had He have not chosen, we would not have received the Grace poured out for us through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, who came to us through God’s people.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Did God reject his people? By no means!” (Romans 11:1a) First, note that God has a ‘people’. Second, note that He has not rejected them. And neither are we to reject them. In fact, quite to the contrary, in Romans 10:11-15 we are called to act:
As the Scripture says
“Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile –
The same Lord is Lord of all
And richly blesses all who call on him
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of who they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
If you cannot go and bring them ‘good news’, you can pray both for ‘beautiful feet’ to be sent to them, and for them – to hear those who are sent. Pray both for them, and for the peace of Jerusalem. Do not bind yourselves up in politics only to support a people not His people. If you really want to see change in that part of the world engulfed in continual strife, pray for His people and for the peace of Jerusalem. “Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either” (Romans 11:b).
Be sure that how you conduct yourselves in all these tasks is done in true love:
Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil
Cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal
But keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope
Patient in affliction
Faithful in prayer.
Bless those who persecute you
Bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice
Mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud
But be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible
As far as it depends on you
Live at peace with everyone. …
Do not be overcome by evil
But overcome evil with good.
-Romans 12:9-18, 21
God has not forsaken His people and neither should we – do not let the world dictate to you how you should think, feel, or act concerning Jews or Israel; the world does not have God’s interests at heart. Turn, listen, pray, act.
The Lord is coming!