Summary: God can "make it so."
Israel’s National Choice
1. As a child, I remember when the original Star Trek program was introduced. Although we had a black and white television, the word was that those with color TV’s could see that Mr. Spock was greenish.
2. Marylu and I watched Star Trek, the Next Generation, but none of the other spin offs that came later. Lost interest.
3. But I noted a command that JeanLuc Piccard would give to Commander Ryker, "Number One, Make it so."
4. That command saved a lot of words or explanations; whatever was suggested would now become the plan.
5. God is a sovereign God. He says, "Make it so" and it is.
6. But often times, we are ignorant of the instructions that were stated beforehand because we have not paid attention to our Old Testaments.
7. And, in today’s text, the focus is on God’s past and promised dealings with Israel.
Main Idea: God can "make it so."
Last week, we covered the following…. (this is a brief review; sermon proper begins in point II C)
I. Israel is Guilty of REJECTING Jesus (11-18)
A. The Focus is JESUS, not His servants (11-12)
B. It is You Vs. GOD (13-16)
C. Contrast God’s PLAN and Your IGNORANCE (17-18)
A question last week: Are Jews saved just because they are Jews, part of the nation of Israel? No. Like gentiles who have not been born-again, they too are lost. But they are part of a nation and a people destined for greatness.
II. God Will Fulfill His Promises to Israel When Israel REPENTS (19-23)
A. REPENT and turn to GOD (19a)
B. To Be FORGIVEN (19b)
C. For Israel’s KINGDOM Age (19c)
1. The OT describes the NATURE of this Kingdom
GOD CAN MAKE IT SO.
This week, I’ve given you a couple of passages, one from Zechariah and one from Zephaniah that speak of the Kingdom Age. Please read them at your leisure, and note that the Kingdom Age involves God ruling from Jerusalem in a secure city, and that the Jews will be honored as throngs enter Jerusalem from around the world to worship.
(1) The details of the temple which will be built during the Millennium
(2) The land allotments for the tribes of Israel during the Millennium
If these are not to be taken literally, what good are they?
2. The NT suggests its DURATION
In the NT, we learn in Revelation that this Kingdom will last 1,000 years (Millennium)
D. For Jesus to RETURN (20)
• Romans 11:12 (quickview) , "But if their [the Jews’] transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!"
• "If the Israelites repent, they will be redeemed, but if not they will not be redeemed" (b. Sanh. 97b, R. Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, A.D. 90),
• "If the Israelites would repent for a day, the son of David (messiah) would come immediately" (p. Ta’an. 1:1 [64a]).
⇔⇔ There has always been an "Israel within Israel," a Remnant of faithful Jews. There was probably never a time when most Jews were saved, or, if so, not a very long time. The remnant varied.