This morning the Lord was speaking to me through two different articles I read on the web. (What, you think He only talks through the bible?)
So I was reading the comment section of James Pyles article “What Am I, Chopped Liver?” and thinking about my personal situation – that God has called me to follow His Torah, one step at a time. And I was wrestling with Him about the chosenness of His people, and how I fit into that mix.
Now, I attend a Messianic synagogue that has been around for a long time and promotes one in Messiah. So when I am studying at TAK it’s not an issue. But when I come to blogs like James’, I question my understanding. I think this is a good thing because it either cleans away the garbage that clutters my understanding or solidifies it. I also appreciate the discussion had on his site.
After reading this blog and the comments, I checked my email and found this article “Abraham and the Chosen People“. Here, the primacy of the Jewish people is explained and solidified. And it also states:
Yet, Yeshua ministered to all who put their faith in Him as the Messiah. He also instructed His Jewish followers to reach out to all peoples.
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.’” (Mark 16:15–16)
So, where do I land in all this?
God chose Israel, and remains faithful to His Chosen People – no matter what. Why? Because it doesn’t depend on them, but on Him. And because He places such importance on them, I do the same. I also remember that they have had a relationship with God a lot longer than I have (or we have, as Gentiles). Because of their relationship, I look to them for how to walk in obedience to the Creator of the Universe who pulled me out of bondage to sin, and grafted me into His people.
Now some would say this is another form of replacement theology. However, I had a conversation with my cousin a couple of days ago which proves just the opposite. My cousin is like my big sister, second mother, mentor, and best friend all rolled into one. She is a believer and has been very concerned about my walk toward Judaism and asked, “So, are you giving up all you believed and celebrated? Are you converting?”
You see, from her perspective I am leaving behind my family and holiday traditions and walking a new path. And she’s right. In my heart of hearts, I join Ruth in saying, “Your people will be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16)
And I hear my Jewish Messiah telling His Jewish disciples my leaders, “Go and make disciple of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” (Matth 28:19)
So this is where I land – it is no longer I who live, but the Torah observant, Jewish Messiah who lives in me.