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The Legacy of Judaism

Words of Faith Final

The Legacy of Judaism
Words of Faith 10-13-2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
www.faithfellowshipweb.com
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Romans 9
 [25] As he says in Hosea:
    "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people;
        and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"
[26] and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them,
        'You are not my people,'
    they will be called 'sons of the living God.' "
 [27] Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
    "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
        only the remnant will be saved.
    [28] For the Lord will carry out
        his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
  [29] It is just as Isaiah said previously:
    "Unless the Lord Almighty
        had left us descendants,
    we would have become like Sodom,
        we would have been like Gomorrah."

      When we think about God's sovereign choice of the Jewish people, we might be tempted to covet. As a gentile, we might covet Jewish identity. After all, what could be more wonderful than to be one of God's chosen people?  
      But Paul points out the remarkable mercy of God that was prophesied centuries before the coming of Jesus. "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people, and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one. It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' "
      God's plan from the beginning was never to exclude the gentiles but to reach them! God chose the Hebrew people to be the lineage of the Light, the Light to the gentiles. But no matter where we came from or our family's lineage, we are now called His people, sons of the living God.

     Paul warns that there is, in fact, a great danger if Jewishness has no life. Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."  
     There can be no doubt that a great debt of gratitude is owed to the legacy God has given in Judaism because, as Isaiah put it, "Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah." Without this legacy, the world would not have known the Light of Christ the Messiah. Indeed, we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah. Our end would have been destruction.
     Are you a Gentile believer? You owe a great debt to Judaism. The best thing you can possibly do is show a Jewish person the love of Jesus. That may be difficult because the barriers are great over these centuries. Are you a Jewish believer? You owe a great debt to Judaism. The greatest gift you can return is to increase the remnant by sharing Jesus with a fellow Jew. Again, the difficulties are many.

    Lord, I give thanks that You have chosen to call them 'Your people' who were not Your people; and to call her 'My loved one' who was not Your loved one. I give thanks that You have called us "children of the living God." I call upon the name of the Lord, Who is my Rock and my Salvation.  Amen.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)        
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