Did God Reject His People?


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Psalm 133

Genesis 45:1-15

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:21-28

The short answer is, NO.  God made promises to the elect of Israel and God does not and will not break a promise.  The promise is also short:  God promised Mercy for Israel.

In chapters 9 and 10 of Romans, Paul seems to be saying that God has turned his back on Israel because of their rejection of Jesus as the Messiah.  That has guided gentile Christianity for two thousand years.

Chapter 11 completes Paul’s argument regarding Israel.  Verse 4 responding to Elijah:  And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. NIV

Those 7,000 made up the remnant of Israel.  Those were the faithful with whom God would work.  The same happened with Joseph.  He remained faithful and God used him to save the whole nation.

Gentile Christians forget that we have been grafted onto the branch of the Tree of Israel.  We are not a new tree or a new Israel.  We come under the very same promises God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God will show us Mercy.

Bishop Anders Nygren of Sweden wrote in 1944:  Israel thought that, as God’s chosen people, they could come with claims on God and need not depend wholly on grace.  That was the very reason why “Israel according to the flesh” had to be rejected.  That is also why many gentiles who claim to follow Jesus have to be rejected.  We cannot earn Heaven.

In today’s reading Paul says:  I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what’s going on and arrogantly assume that you’re royalty and they’re just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that’s not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. Before it’s all over, there will be a complete Israel. MSG

That is the great mystery of Grace, God has a plan that includes people we see as His enemies.  Joseph cried for his brothers.

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The Remnant of Israel is a gathering of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua the Messiah who meet together for Shabbat (Sabbath) services and Torah study on a weekly basis. Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God and Savior.

As a Messianic Synagogue, we seek to put the Messiah back within His biblical and Jewish context. Messianic Judaism is a spiritual revival, a return to the faith as the Messianic believers had in the first-century, unencumbered by the traditions of man.

We are seeking to have a living, vibrant, personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the Messiah, Yeshua.

We meet at 3700 E. Pawnee, Wichita, Kansas.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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