Twelve Pilliars (4): Jewish Calling & Discipling the Nations
Given By: "Glenn D. Blank" On Saturday, July 9, 2011

Today I will review two more core values, which Dan Juster has described in "The Twelve Pillars."
These twelve pillars are core principles about which the leaders in our Tikkun America network agree.
In May and June I covered seven of the pillars: Kingdom, worship, community, power & apostolic order, character and unity.

Today I will cover two pillars that must mutually support one another-Jewish calling and Discipling the Nations.  Humanly, Jewish calling and discipling the nations seem to be at odds-after all, Jews have been called to a separate, holy nation, unlike the nations of this world, and the nations have hated the Jews, indulging in vicious anti-Semitism and plotting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Jews and Gentiles have for centuries been separated by a middle wall of partition in the Temple and by the walls of ghettos in Christian cities, and by walls of willful ignorance, prejudice and pride.
But all that is the work of the hasatan, whose name means the accuser or the slanderer.

Ephesians 2:14 says, "For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility."
The will of God in Messiah Yeshua is to tear down the wall between Jew and Gentile and to make us one new humanity, a new holy temple for the Lord, His holy house of prayer for all nations. V'eemru?  (And let us say..)

Pillar Eight: The Kingdom is Expressed in Jewish Calling
Romans 11:28-29 makes this declaration about Israel, the chosen people: "Concerning the Good News, they are hostile for your sake; but concerning chosenness, they are loved on account of the fathers- for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."

The Jewish people, the nation of Israel, have an irrevocable calling from God, written in His word.
Dan has written much on this topic, including a book devoted this topic, The Irrevocable Calling.
The context is not that every gift and call that God gives is irrevocable, as some wrongly teach.
Rather, it is the calling that in the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel that is irrevocable. Israel's preservation is an awesome testimony to the faithfulness of God and his Lordship over history.
V'eemru?  Israel's return to the Eretz Israel is a demonstration of God's power to confirm His calling.
God is using the faithful among the nations to help bring about the restoration of Israel to the land, and also to intimate relationship with God through Messiah Yeshua. V'eemru?

Jewish life is the prophetic call of Jew by birth-and even more so for the Jewish believer in Messiah, for the calling of God to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is irrevocable. V'eemru?

Before Messiah Yeshua returns, all his followers must affirm that Israel is still chosen and has not been replaced, and that Jewish believers are still a part of this important calling.  For if Messiah is to return as the King of the Jews as well as the King of all the nations, then all the Jews and all the nations must be prepared to receive Him as He wills and calls us.  V'eemru?

So Paul writes in Romans 11:13-14, "I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Insofar as I am a shaliach to the Gentiles, I spotlight my ministry if somehow I might provoke to jealousy my own flesh and blood and save some of them." Gentile believers are called to provoke Israel to jealousy, through acts demonstrating the power and love of Messiah. V'eemru?

So Jewish believers are irrevocably called to live as Messianic Jews, as a light to Israel and the nations that are still in spiritual darkness.  A crucial difference distinctive of Messianic Judaism is our reaffirmation of this irrevocable calling to live as spiritual Jews, to pass on a biblically Jewish heritage to our children, and to disciple the nations in the kingdom of God under our King, Messiah Yeshua.

 Pillar Nine: The Kingdom is Expressed in Discipling the Nations
Ever since the fall of man in Adam, God has voiced his commitment redeem all humanity, his children. In Genesis 12:3, God promises Abraham, "In you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

In His covenant with Abram, God promised that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through Abraham's seed. So Jewish calling and the redemption of all the nations are linked in father Abraham. The Good News, established by the life, death and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua, is the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham and his seed-both the physical seed through Isaac and Jacob, and the spiritual seed through Abraham's faith.  So the nations and will eventually lead to all nations coming under the rule of the Messiah or entering into the fullness of the Kingdom.

Jewish disciples of Yeshua are not called merely for their own fulfillment. Israel's irrevocable call is also for the blessing of the nations. Therefore Messianic followers of Yeshua should be involved in prayer for and witness to the nations.  Indeed, when a Jewish living disciple brings the Good News to other nations, a very special quality of anointing is manifest. When Ron Cantor goes to Nigeria (as he shared at the Tikkun conference), or when Eddie Santoro goes to India, or when Jonathan Cahn goes to Cuba, there are dramatic responses to the outpouring of God's Spirit.  Jonathan Cahn shared again about his trip to communist Cuba a few years ago.  It was the first large, non-denominational gathering of believers that the Castro regime ever permitted.  After sending hordes of locust-like insects out of nowhere, God poured out His Spirit as He promised through the prophet Joel.  Literally: first rain fell as a gentle mist, then a gentle rain like the early rains, then a downpour like the latter rains.  And none of the people ran for shelter, because everyone knew that God was also pouring out His Spirit in power as they worshipped and danced in the rain.

So important & mutually supportive are these two pillars of Jewish calling and disciplining the nations that they were the core of two of the most important teachings at the Messiah conference this week,
from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn of Beth Israel in New Jersey and Pastor Bryant Wright, recently
re-elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention. I will share excerpts of their teachings.
They both spoke fast, covering a lot of material-Rabbi Cahn went through 144 pages and Pastor Wright's wife told us he had compressed ten sermons into one! So I will have to be very selective.
Both of them taught about the olive tree in Romans 11.

Rabbi Cahn spoke about "The Mystery of the Ilanot"-the Ilanot are fruit trees.
The olive tree produces precious oil, used to anoint priests, kings and the Messiah, and symbolizing the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh. The olive tree blossoms in the spring, in May. 
Thus the olive trees were blossoming in the land at the time of the festival of Shavuot, when
the disciples were experiencing the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh in the Temple courts.
After the blossoming, the olive trees draw nourishment and sap from the ground through the summer.
Finally, the olive trees produce their harvest of fruit in September/October, during the season of the fall festivals, when the shofars sound on Yom Teruah, heralding the coming of Messiah as Judge and King of Israel, and the ushering in of His Kingdom with Sukkot.
 Jacob 5:7, "So be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient for it until it receives the early and late rain."
The farmers of Israel know that no matter how hot and dry the summer may be-for there is no rain at all through the summer months in the land of Israel-nevertheless, the olive trees will bear their fruit. So as surely, the olive tree in Romans 11, representing the remnant of Israel, will bear its fruit-
both the fruit of the natural branches and the wild branches grafted back into the tree.  V'eemru?

Pastor Wright asked a controversial question, Have Christians replaced Jews as the new Israel? 
He noted, just to ask this question gets the ire up for of some of you! 
But what does the word of God say, in Romans 9:6, "Not all who are descended from Israel are Israel." Paul is speaking about the reality that many Jews are not spiritually born into the kingdom of God,
and hence they are not spiritual heirs of Abraham.  There are physical descendants, and then there are those who are descendants both physical and spiritually.

Paul makes this distinction in Romans 2:28-29, "For one is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something visible in the flesh. Rather, the Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-in Spirit not in letter. His praise is not from men, but from God."

Yet, Pastor Wright pointed out, we must guard against taking Scripture out of the context of Scripture.
In Romans 2 Paul is not saying that Gentiles who love Yeshua are spiritual Jews.  Rather, Paul is challenging his fellow Jews (much as the prophets and Yeshua had done before), to go beyond external observance to an inward spiritual relationship with God, which can only be accomplished by a circumcision of the heart (Moses and Jeremiah had made this same point).
Similarly, in Romans 9, Paul is not saying that Gentile believers, who are children of Abraham by faith, are also the true spiritual Israel.  Rather, God has fulfilled His promise by giving Abraham many descendants, some physical and some spiritual-and some who are both-today we call them Messianic Jews.

Romans 11:1-2 answers the question about the replacement of Israel clearly and definitely.  
"I ask, then, has God rejected His people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew."
The Jewish people may have largely rejected His Son Yeshua (as they largely rejected the prophets), but God has not rejected Israel.

Rather, as Paul goes on to show, He has always preserved a remnant, as in the generation of Elijah.
What is exciting, Pastor Wright declared, is that the remnant is here (at the conference) tonight!
That remnant is saved through grace.  What an amazing privilege it is to be part of that Messianic Jewish remnant through God's grace by faith!

Then Pastor Wright nailed the essential message of the Olive Tree in Romans 11.  Paul addresses the wild branches-Gentile believers, saying in Romans 11:18, "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."

It is so important to understand.  We Gentiles are not the root.  Israel is the root!
(Jonathan Cahn clarified that the root is faithful Israel-the patriarchs and prophets who trusted God and looked forward to the fulfillment of His promises in the world and the world to come.)
We Gentiles, Pastor Wright noted, have been grafted in, through God's grace by faith, supernaturally.
Gentile followers of Jesus have a clear mission to fulfill.  Do you see what God is saying?

Yes, it is hard to reach out to our Jewish friends, who have an irrational hard-heartedness toward Jesus the Messiah. Yes, God has even described this hardening in Romans 11:25: "a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." (I note that Paul says it's a partial hardening, which obviously leaves room for the partial softening of the remnant who trust in Yeshua.) Moreover, some day, in the restoration of Israel, all the natural branches will be grafted back in.
In Romans 11:25, Paul also speaks of the mystery of the fullness of the Gentiles coming in.
The Church has a mission to proclaim the Gospel to every nation-the Greek word is ethnos, which means people group.

The Southern Baptist Convention has determined that are still about 3500 people groups around the world that have not yet been reached. The Holy Spirit is moving to get the word to every people group.
Though Yeshua speaks about how he can come like "a thief in the night,' hear what Yeshua also says: the Good News must first go out to every ethnos.  Some of the people groups are in places that are difficult to reach.  For example, some are in Moslem areas, which strongly resist the Good News.
So Pastor Wright received a commission from the Lord to challenge the SBC to pray effectually for the salvation of every one of these people group.  When he went to the the International Board to share this idea, he found that the International Board of the SBC had already received a calling to challenge the all the churches SBC to each pray for one of these unreached people groups.
This burden is a passionate burden among Christian believers all over the world.
It's connected with the rebirth of Israel, as Romans 11:25 teaches, "when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in."

And Pastor Wright also sees that this fulfillment is connected with the full restoration of Israel.
Zechariah 12:10-11, "I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn."

This Scripture speaks of things to come.  The devil is going to raise up the anti-Messiah.
This is not good news: anti-Semitism is rising again, in order to give power to the anti-Messiah. 
(Indeed, the spirit of anti-Semitism is the spirit of anti-Messiah.)

This attitude is not the mindset of God, but the mindset of the devil-who is a liar, who blinds the eyes of those who do not believe. The anti-Messiah is going to deceive the nations.  The U.S. will not be able to save Israel.  All the powers that dominate the nations will gather against Israel
There will be such a sense of desperation in Israel, they will cry out to God, "Send us the Messiah
to save us!"  And when Israel cries out, He will appear in the sky.  And then Israel will see who He is, and they will mourn.  And in their brokenness, Messiah will give Israel the New Covenant.
And then all Israel will be saved!

Now go back to Romans 11:26-29, "And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
'The Deliverer shall come out of Zion. He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.'
Concerning the Good News, they are hostile for your sake; but concerning chosenness, they are loved on account of the fathers-for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." In that day, all the Gentiles will realize the importance of the Jewish people in the kingdom of God. 
In that day, in the Millennial kingdom, Messiah will fulfill his promises!
In that day, the lion will lay down with the lamb.
In that day, the law will go out from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem!  Baruch Hashem!
God has not forsaken Israel.  He still has His passionate love of Israel.
Anti-Semitism is straight from the pit of hell.  For God has a passionate love for Israel.
Knowing the promises of God, knowing what is to come, when Yeshua at last returns and reigns on the throne of David, let us rejoice, and let us pray....

Lord Yeshua, what a privilege it is to live in these days, when you are removing the veil from the eyes of both Jews and Gentiles, so that we more deeply perceive the truth of your Word. Help us go even deeper in our understanding and help us to share the truth of Your word with others. Help us fulfill your irrevocable calling to live as Messianic Jews & Gentiles, one new man in Messiah. Help us to make the Good News of your kingdom clear to the rest of Israel, and to make disciples out of Israel and all nations.  Help us, even this week, as we engage in prayer walks and spread the word about our outreach with Shakhar Weizman.. 

Help us with Becoming One, with Effective Jewish Evangelism, with proclaiming the Good News of your kingdom with power and love, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile..