Psalm: 119:145-176
Old Testament: Jeremiah 25:30-38
New Testament: Romans 10:14-21

Again I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
‘I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.’
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
‘I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.’ (Isaiah 10:19-20)

In a strange narrative twist, Paul starts to re-imagine the story of Israel. Instead of painting Israel’s disobedience as a willful act of sin, the Apostle believes that Israel’s rejection of Jesus was predestined. Their rejection opened the door for God to reveal his salvation to someone other than the Jewish people.

By this, the Apostle believes that Israel has not been abandoned, but rather they will be led to Christ by the faith of others. In seeing that Gentiles are embracing YHWH, the chosen people would realize their errors and embrace Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

I think this points to something deeper than just God’s choice affiliation. It’s that God takes the unlikely and makes it an instrument to change the world and a way to reveal his glory. Taking those who are perceived as unworthy and unclean and stating unequivocally that they are special and loved, and are just as redeemable as the Jews.

I wonder what would happen if we were to recognize that the outsiders in Churchland….the disabled, the LGBT community, the denominations that are diametrically opposed to our own. While I’m not sure that “love wins” in the same way that Rob Bell does….I am fairly confident that God likes to turn things on their head, and surprise us by the movement of the Holy Spirit. +

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