2 Timothy 2:15
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
From creation to the Tower of Babel–Genesis 1 to Genesis 11–God was dealing with Gentiles because, well, there weren’t any Jews yet. They sprang from Abraham, and he doesn’t come into the picture until Genesis 12.
Ultimately, the Gentiles rebelled and were disobedient. So, God suspended their blessings–temporarily you understand. The last straw was the Tower of Babel. This is another story in and of itself. If you’d like to know more, please see the article below:
(Tower of Babel.)
After the epic fail of the Gentile nations, God instituted a new program in chapter 12. He founded a nation that had never before existed: Israel. He raised Abram of Ur of the Chaldees, who became the father of all Jews. God said to him: “From you I shall make a great nation.”
Paul poses the question in Romans 3:1-2, “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way!….. To the Jews belong the all covenants, all the promises, the favor of God, and all the blessings.”
God raised them, not because they are special or more moral than any other group. He said of them. “Because you are few in number, I chose you so that you won’t boast in your numbers.” He chose them so that there would be a testimony of His love, goodness, mercy and grace toward man in the earth. But, like Jonah, one can either be a negative or a positive one. Either way, you’ll be a testimony. That is so God’s style, isn’t it? He uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise.
Jesus Came For Many Reasons.
From Genesis 12 a-a-all the way to Acts 1, GOD WAS DEALING WITH ISRAEL. THIS FACT IS KEY…and, yes, you read that right: From Genesis 1 through Genesis 11, God was dealing with GENTILES. But from Genesis 12 all the way to chapter 1 of the book of Acts, He was dealing with the JEWISH PEOPLE. Many Christians may not want to accept that statement because they think that Jesus came for the sole reason of dying for the sins of the world, and I say that very reverently. Yes, He MOST ASSUREDLY did come to die for the sins of the world! THANK YOU, JESUS!!! We are forever grateful! But His primary mission was for the Jewish people, though He came for MANY reasons.
Of course, the ultimate one was to die for our sins. But the Bible also tells us that another of His reasons for coming was to “Destroy him who had (past tense) the power of the death, that is, devil.” HEBREWS 2:14. Again…..THANK YOU, JESUS!!! MmHe destroyed satan with his own weapon: DEATH. Death is swallowed up in VICTORY! But first and foremost, He came for THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. Scripture bears out this fact.
You see, even though “God SO LOVED the world” that He sent His beloved Son, His 1st coming was for Israel and to fulfill all the promises God had made to the Jewish fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Romans 15 it says, “Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a SERVANT TO THE CIRCUMCISION (the Jews) for the truth of God, TO CONFIRM THE PROMISES MADE TO THE FATHERS, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy as it is written:”(verses 8&9) In other words, once God’s plan with the Jews was completed, He would turn back to the Gentiles and deal with them again.
Remember way back in Genesis 11 where He temporarily suspended their blessings? Plan was to bless the entire world through the nation of Israel. They were to be His special vehicle, so to speak. He wanted to make them a shining example of how blessed a nation could be who’s God is the Lord in order to provoke the nations to be jealous of their God. Then they would want to seek and serve Israel’s God and become just as blessed and favored as that nation.
But because of her rejection of her Messiah, the tables were turned. Now God’s blessings on the Gentiles today are provoking Israel to be jealous of us and her own God. Now they are wanting to seek the One we have! Amazing!
During God’s dealing with Israel, He gave her chance after chance to turn to Him and obey His laws. Time after time they failed. Each time they fell away and worshipped other gods, a foreign nation would attack and oppress and enslave them. They would ultimately repent and God would send a Deliverer in the form of judges at first. When they begged for a king, He allowed them to have kings. He sent prophet after prophet during this time of the kings. Finally, Israel was sent into exile in Babylon for 70 years.
First, God gave the Gentiles a chance. Then He gave Israel a chance to serve Him. The Gentiles failed, Israel failed, everyone failed. Last of all, God sent Jesus. This plan worked! With Jesus in a person’s heart, the Holy Spirit could lead from within. But you can see, through all of this, that everything that man tries or touches fails. Man’s efforts fail. We can’t do it. But Jesus can!
Join me in Part 3 by following the link below where we’ll be talking about the Gospels.