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July 5, 2022 6:00 am
When you gave your life to Christ, you were given you were gifted and you were grafted, you were given salvation, given eternal life.
You were gifted by the Holy Spirit certain abilities and capabilities for the mutual fixation of the body of Christ spirit when salvation was made available to every, not just God's chosen people that didn't mean God abandon his today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip shares how you are part of God's plan to bring the nation of Israel back to himself.
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I don't have to be afraid to enjoy it. I think securely/often called hundred 90. In Romans chapter 11 Skip Heitzig for today's God first established the nation, established through the first person Abraham God called Abraham out of orbit. Kelby and promised him a land lease that I'm in a make a great nation out of you. Abraham I'm in a blush on to make your name great, bless those who bless you on that.
I curse those who curse you and you listen to this all the families of the earth will be blessed, not some of the families only those with a Jewish background will be bless all of the families of the earth will be blessed and my family has been blessed this German American Gentile family has been blessed because of what Jesus did in bringing salvation.
It was God's intention from the beginning to let Israel be a light to the Gentiles. Isaiah said very clearly, but they rejected God's plan.
God had a plan for them. The question is does God still have a plan for them.
According to Paul, yet he still does have a plan for them. Even their faithlessness to him. Can't cancel his faithfulness to them.
In fact, it should provoke them to jealousy because salvation is come to the Gentiles.
Now verse 12 if their fall is riches for the world that is their rejection is open the door for non-Jewish people the world. Anybody can believe if there riches if their fall is riches for the world and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness. If their rejection of God and his setting them aside temporarily brought such a blessing to the world. Can you imagine if God decided to restore them, bring them back.
Regather them and cause them all to believe that mean, how much more their fullness for I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry.
It's interesting that Paul, a Jewish rabbi became the one that God used to open the door of faith largely though he was Peter at first with Cornelius used Paul as the apostle to the Gentiles and Peter in Galatians is called the apostle to the Jews. See you have Peter who is from Galilee, a largely Gentile region. The apostle to the Jews and you have Paul, a male EL Jerusalem trained rabbinic scholar Hebrew of the Hebrews tribe of Benjamin Jewish true blue Jew and apostle to the Gentiles. I love it because God's call is often count counterintuitive. If you wonder why did you call me to them, ministry, or to that place, or to that group work in this situation. Just know that sometimes God calls you to do something as little smile on his face when he does because he calls you the areas you have any experience with this. I'm not good at this. Moses I'm calling you to leave my people. I I can even talk. Moses said, I stutter you want me to be a spokesperson one guy, Paul, the Jewish rabbi and apostle to the giant Gentiles. How much more their fullness is good. I'll get back on track. For I speak to you Gentiles as much as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them as I said, salvation came to the Jews through a Jew. Jesus was Jewish.
He was raised in a Jewish family. He was dedicated at a Jewish temple. He went to Jerusalem to go through his bar mitzvah become a son of the commandment, he kept the Passover. He kept the feast of Israel he said to the woman of Samaria. You don't know what you're worshiping.
We know what we worship for salvation is of the Jews. He was a pure Jewish Messiah. It was Paul's hope, however, that because God opened the door to the Gentiles and the Gentiles were now believing in a Jewish Messiah and believing in Jewish scripture and believing in the fulfillment of Jewish peace in Christ that that would bother some of the Jews a way to minute what you don't worshiping my Messiah. What you don't read my scriptures and still this day when I meet and talk to Jewish people and I mentioned the Old Testament and I'll quote the Old Testament to go you read the Old Testament while in the light seem to know pretty well and I that same names, it much better than I thought. Even though my own scriptures so it was Paul's hope that salvation to non-Jewish people and believing all things Jewish about the Messiah and the fulfillment that would provoke them to jealousy and that that would drive them to Christ that that didn't exactly happen. It happened in some cases verse 15 for if there being cast away is the reconciling of the world.
Again, the door is open to the world. Whosoever will let him come. Whoever believes in him will not perish if there being cast away, and again temporarily, not permanently, is the reconciling of the world. What will their acceptance be, but life from the dead. Four of the first fruit is holy, the lump is holy. If the root is holy, so also are the branches in Ezekiel chapter 37, which is where we left off last week and I said to read that in advance so if you did your homework you're on good ground in Ezekiel 37 in a vision Ezekiel was taken to a large valley, and he saw in this massive valley dry bones bones of people scattered throughout the valley and the Lord said to him, Son of Man can these bones live and the prophets. It you know Lord's like you asking me I should be asking you that question down the last you know was it Son of Man the Lord said sentiment prophesied to these dry bones, and say that breath is going to come inside of them and they're going to live again and it was a picture of a resurrection, a national resurrection, because as the skeleton gets in place and then flesh and muscles and send you came on the skeleton of a became a mighty army in the vision of Ezekiel chapter 37 God says that is so will be the house of Israel, the God will cause the house of Israel to live again to get strong again and regather again. So when he asked the question he has that in mind what will their acceptance be, but life from the dead, a national restoration and resurrection that includes salvation in the end of days show you that at the as we get further on our chapter verse 17 and if some of the branches were broken off and you you Gentiles, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and with them became a partaker of the root in the fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root but the root supports you the reason that we can never be anti-Semitic is because we owe the Jews too much were reading their scriptures. We believe in their Messiah. We are holding on to the covenants God gave to their forefathers so we can't boast against them there. The natural branches we as he said will be grafted in. I've always loved a little quip by a man named William Norman Ewart who said how odd of God to choose the Jews cute little quip.
How odd of God to choose the Jews a little run, but he continues, but not so odd as those who choose the Jewish God, but not the Jews. The God that you serve is the God that made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the 12 patriarchs David and continues to have a plan through history for his people. So he says, do not boast against the branches. If you boast, remember, you don't support the root but the root the Jewish nation supports you.
You will say then branches were broken off, that I may be grafted in.
Well said because of unbelief they were broken off and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty but fear of God did not spare the natural branches he may not spare you either.
Unbelieving Jews were not spared. Apostate Israel was not spared so apostate, Gentiles, unbelieving Gentiles would not be spared as well.
So just because God is opened up the door of faith to the Gentiles.
The Gentiles still has to believe in come by faith, and so want to say or Jew or Gentile, sober not to boast that he's giving an analogy that anybody in that part of the world would understand and if you're a farmer or you have a background in this you probably understand as well the olive crop was important and still is in the Mediterranean cultures, countries all around the Mediterranean Sea grow and harvest all its I've told you before that all of trees can grow to hundreds of years old. In fact, thousands of years old. In some cases and you will see these in enormous trees. These wide trunked tree of knowledge. You go boy that's probably gotta be 10 to 12 feet in diameter. But when you get close to that old olive tree will also notice that it's alive on the outside but there's nothing on the inside that the very center of it is hollowed out so it's almost like a a circle after a period of time, but it still bears fruit. Now the root is intact, so the root is getting nutrients from the soil producing sap sending this after the branches. All of the produce, but individual branches with in that root system can become unproductive so and you'll see it and it's fascinating to see all the farmers will cut off the branches toss them aside. Get young tender all of branches. Make a cut in the base branch of the root system and then take the branch and and make a little tip on it and inserted into the V that is created in the branch and tape it up in the covered up. Let moisture get to it and it will produce olives and you can even take one root system and have several different types of olives from Cottam olives in this branch to another variety to another regular several of them in one tree so there is a simultaneous benefit you're keeping the tree going by grafting in new growth and and you're taking new growth in their benefiting from the root system that is been there for years and is still very productive in its root system so the unproductive branches. According to this analogy is unbelieving Jewish people, unbelieving Israel. Israel nationally cut off temporarily while while all of branches.
You and I Gentiles are grafted in, so there is that mutual benefit. We are benefiting from all of the promises God made all of the predictions. All of the truth is, all of the covenants, scriptures, etc. and the Messiah. So we have been grafted in, there is a simultaneous benefit so the olive tree is still there, were grafted in. But but but understand this, we are grafted in, not as a replacement is used on the root system. We are grafted in as an addition to the Jewish people who will be brought in in the last days you follow okay now in Matthew chapter 21, to read this year and you can turn a visa write these down to look at them later in Matthew 21. Let me read this to you, Jesus gives a parable he says here another parable, there was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard. Now were not with all is now over with grapes and set a hedge about it.the winepress in it, Delta tower lease to divine dressers went into a far country. This is a Matthew 21 verse 34 now when vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the vine dressers that they might receive its fruit in the vine dressers took his servants beat one killed one stoned another. Again he sent other servants more than the first.
And they did likewise to them. Then, last of all he sent his son to them, saying they will respect my son.
When the vine dressers saw the sun they said to themselves.
This is the air, let us kill him and sees his inheritance and they caught him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes what will he do to those vine dressers pretty easy to see the analogy, the prophets came to the Jewish nation. They were beat. They were killed they were rejected. Finally got Saddam to send my son the Bible says he came into his own his own received him not. The son was rejected, they killed him so ugly due to those vine dressers.
They said to him, he will destroy those wicked men miserably and leased his vineyard to other vine dressers, who will render to him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus said to them, did you never read in the Scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.
Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. Now we understand by looking at Romans 11 what that is. We are wild branches being grafted in bearing fruits of the root system which is national Israel in another analogy using sheep, not grapes, not olives. Jesus said other sheep I have which are not of this fold them. I must bring in all so that there may be one flock and one shepherd. We speaking that the same thing he said to bring in Gentiles were not of this fold, not of this flock not of national Israel is going to bring them in and be their shepherd as well is one of the grand points that he is been making in Romans nine, 10 and 11 now back to Romans chapter 11 verse 22. Therefore, consider the goodness and severity of God on those who fell, severity right they got lopped off temporarily, but toward you goodness if you continue in his goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off and they also if they do not continue in unbelief will be grafted in, for God is able to grafted them in again when you gave your life to Christ, you were given you were gifted and you are grafted, you were given salvation, given eternal life. You were gifted by the Holy Spirit certain abilities and capabilities for the mutual edification of the body of Christ as the Holy Spirit so you are given you were gifted, but you are also grafted in you you been given at an inheritance, a heritage of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the patriarchs, that is our heritage as well or if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature and were grafted. Contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches that is national Israel be grafted into their own olive tree, for I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this ministry. I always find it an interesting phrase when Paul tells us that we shouldn't be ignorant of something because I discovered that is precisely the area were many of us Christians are so ignorant and I want you to be ignorant about the coming of the Lord. There's a lot of confusion about that wants you to be ignorant about how this Jew, Gentile thing works.
There's a lot of ignorance about this. So when he says that it's because it's an area that can be complex and has to be sort of unwound and examined and put back together so III do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery most area on a Greek word that means something that was not understood not put forth in the Old Testament but now has been revealed in the new. That's generally how the word is used. I want you to be ignorant of this mystery. Last, you should be wise in your own opinion that hardening in part, or again some translations a blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so all Israel will be saved as it is written, so notice verse 25 blindness or hardness in part has happened Israel. We know that we've established that they rejected their Messiah, God sent them a set them aside temporarily.
Jesus said you don't see it you're blind to it. Your heart into it, but there's a timeframe until Jewish people generally speaking, there's always a remnant there's always a blessed exception to the rule and I love seeing a Jewish person come to faith in Yeshua Jesus as Messiah, but the general rule Israel nationally blindness in part has happened unto Israel until until the fullness of the Gentiles becoming the fullness of the Gentiles means the full number of the Gentiles. Most translations that are more modern than this will will put that in there until the complete number of the Gentiles or the phone number of the Gentiles becoming Thanksgiving with a message from the series expound to tell you about a number to the to take knowledge of God's word to a deeper level personal or small group Bible study is a great way to learn God's word. What you want to learn more deeply. Calvin College offers classes in biblical studies classes like Old Testament survey immerse yourself in the entire Old Testament Genesis to Malachi, take evening classes on campus or at any time. Classes online in education from Calvin College will impact your spiritual life for the rest of your life. Apply firstname.lastname@example.org did you know that God had you in mind put together his salvation plan for the world. You can help connect listeners all around the world that amazing gift today to help reach them and to keep these messages you must coming to you. Just visit connect with.com/significant.com/down or call 800-9200 92. Thank you for changing lives with the gospel is to choose you to God