One of the reasons I believe this psalm is prophetic is because of verse 4. One of the greatest blessings as I travel Jerusalem, hosting groups of people from all over the globe, is to see people from every tribe, tongue and nation coming to praise the Lord in His city. It is a beautiful sight to see their tears of joy and to hear them worship Him… it is the sound of angels!
However, my heart is often saddened over the fact that so many of these people are missing the mark of one of their main callings as Gentiles, who were grafted into the tree of Israel, and now have the privilege to worship the Creator of the World, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
“I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.” Rom 11:11
According to Romans 11, the Jewish people’s rejection of Yeshua as the Messiah came about in order to bring salvation to the Gentiles too. God’s plan of redemption always began with the nation of Israel, the Jewish people. But it didn’t end there. God also had – and has – a plan of redemption for the Nations! Contrary to many popular doctrines, this does not come in place of Israel’s redemption, but rather in order that the Gentiles will also be able worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob in truth and sincerity. All of this is meant to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy, as they too will desire to have the same kind of intimacy with the LORD, turning back to Him through accepting the atonement that He has provided, resulting in the return of Yeshua!
“For if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” Rom 11:15
Sadly, many people don’t understand this; they have been filled with pride that they know the truth, all the while ignoring a very specific warning of the Lord through Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul) who said:
“…do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.” Rom 11:18
Their arrogance has blinded the eyes of their hearts, and they think that they are now the chosen people, and that God has forsaken his first born, Israel.
Others may have a heart for the Jewish people, but their goal is to convert the Jewish people to a different religion. Here too, the motive is wrong, as all of us ought to be simply seeking the return of the Jewish people to God through faith in their Messiah, Yeshua.
Take some time to reflect upon this!
May those who truly follow Yeshua as their Messiah come to Jerusalem, and worship Him in truth and with sincere hearts. May this be a strong testimony to Israel, and may they remember their God and return to Him.
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