Grabbing Jewish Sleeves

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In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeves of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’
                                                                                                               Zechariah 8:23

My kingdom is not of this world. 
                                                    John 18:36

 There really is no excuse for those "Christians" who claim that God has rejected the Jewish people and replaced Israel with the Christian church.  Never did God intend to replace Israel – from when He first called Abraham His intention was always intended for Israel – a nation and culture sculpted by God – to be the foundation on which His spiritual kingdom was built.  We Gentiles have joined, not replaced, God's chosen people.  Through faith in Christ we have been granted the right to go with them to worship God.

 You see it best in the book of Acts.  Paul, when entering a city for the first time, always went first to the Jews.  The Jewish faith was the foundation for the true worship of God on which the Christian faith is built and it was Jewish believers (who recognized that Jesus is their Messiah) who became the first leaders in each local body.  We have not replaced them – we have joined them.  We have, through Christ, "grabbed Jewish sleeves" and "taken the kingdom by force."  (Matthew 11:12)  Every tenet and tradition of the Jewish faith, every jot and tittle of the Jewish law, was fulfilled in Christ and through him we also may enter into the true worship of God.

 God is amazing!  How well He set the stage for the bursting forth of His kingdom!  What a wondrous and awesome God He is!

 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.  But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.                                           

Romans 11:17,18




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