I praise You that Your gift and Your call are irrevocable and as certain as the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Please forgive me for for all of my hidden sins and lead us in the way everlasting. Help me to clearly describe the Truths that you have taught me about the Heart of Divinity: Your Heart. Show us the means by which Your Law reveals Your Heart, how Your Word executes the contents of Your heart, and the part of Your Heart reflected by the mystery of Your choosing of the nation of Israel as Your people.
In Jesus Christ's Name,
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk innewness of life. Rom 6
Such great power to walk in righteousness will be ours when we remember that the Divine Heart resides in us by the Spirit. Our prayers for the Spirit to move in our hearts are answered so powerfully by our loving Father through our Advocate, Jesus Christ. Great power will control us when we are consciously aware that our mortal bodies are host to the Holy Spirit. May we ever be conscious of His inhabiting of our inmost being. He has sanctified each part of our mortal bodies and His dwelling is never removed from us. How willing we should be to put to death the misdeeds of the body and to not let sin remain in our bodies. May we keep our homes clean as we contemplate this great power that dwells within us. Trust in the Spirit and pray for His outpouring. He is a Person and He will awaken your being as you acknowledge Him and please Him by your faith.
9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.Rom 8
20 Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched.”Jer 7
May God forgive me for never understanding the purpose of His heart in the choosing of the nation of Israel as His own people. Even now I still cannot understand it entirely, but I pray that He will help us all to understand this in the days to come. We have often neglected pondering on the purpose of God in choosing the nation of Israel for Himself. Some have even supposed that the ordinance no longer exists since now, in Christ, all who believe are part of the nation of Israel in a Spiritual sense. Yes, it is true that all who believe comprise the final people of God, the true Israel, but God's choosing of the nation of Israel in an earthly sense is still eternally upheld. There is a very important aspect of God's heart revealed in this working of God. I will write here what I have understood in the past week about the Divine Nature of God revealed in His choosing of the Israelite nation.
God created Adam and Eve in His Image and they disobeyed Him in His perfect Garden of Eden. He provided animal skins as clothing to hide their shame as a way of showing them that one day a Deliver would come who would offer His blood to atone for their wickedness and His righteousness as their covering. The next generations of humans were increasingly wicked until the time of Noah. Noah and His family pleased God because of their faith in Him in the midst of their wicked generation. God choose Noah and destroyed the rest of mankind to show His mercy and love towards those who trusted in Him and His good wrath against wickedness. Then several generations later, God choose Abraham and Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. God rewarded him for his faith and promised that his offspring would give rise to a great nation and that all other nations would be blessed through him. After a long period of patience and faith, Issac was born and God's promises were shown though Issac. Though Issac was chosen to carry forth the promises of God towards Abraham, only one of Issac's two twin sons was chosen to carry the promise further yet. In the mysterious purposes of God's mercy and justice, He hated and hardened the heart of Esau but loved and purified the heart of Jacob. Jacob gave rise to 12 tribes. God revealed His glory to His people through His 10 plagues of judgment against Egypt and Pharoah. Israel turned away from God and asked for a kingship. Most of these kings turned away from God, nevertheless, some good kings reigned in righteousness and faith: David, Solomon, Josiah, Asa, Azariah, Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat, Jotham, Uzziah... Throughout the tumultous times of wicked kings, idolatry, and eventually captivity in the lands of their enemies, God carried His Seed through the generations and the line of Christ's ancestors was never wiped out.
Now the Deliverer has come and salvation has come to all of the people of God. Yet, Jesus came to His own people and His own people did not receive Him. Most of the Jews, especially the religious leaders, rejected the Seed of God through Whom salvation was to come into the world. All day long God held out His Hands to a disobedient and obstinate people (Rom 10:21). They still did not receive Him. Yet God must uphold the glory of His Name in the sight of the nations. And even during the Old Testament times, God allowed foreigners and aliens to join His people. Foreigners who bound themselves to God to love Him in His eternal Covenant, Law, and Promises were taken into His house (Is 56:6). To capture the hearts of His people He choose to make them jealous by nations that He had not chosen and which had no understanding of the Nature of God (Rom 10:19).
20 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21 The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will also go.” 22 So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of theLord.’ 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”Zech 8
He allowed Himself to be found by those who did not seek Him and He manifested Himself to those who did not ask for Him (Rom 10:20). He called the Gentiles who were not His people as His people and sons of the Living God (Rom 9:25-26). He revealed His glory to His people through calling the Gentiles, who had not known His Commandments or been called as His chosen people. He was revealing that He truly is the King of the world and that His Laws are filled with His splendor and righteousness. The fact that people from other nations would leave behind their lives and cultural religions to serve this God shows that He is the True and Living God and He is worthy of all worship and praise. He is so worthy that people who know nothing about Him and who had no former connection to Him would leave behind everything to follow Him.
12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!Rom 11
God choose to harden the hearts of the Israelite people until the full number of chosen Gentiles come to faith (Rom 11:25). And it is, in fact, because of the sin of His people, that riches are brought to the other nations through Christ. His intent in giving us salvation was not only for our sakes, but to draw the hearts of His own disobedient people back to Himself through our obedience. We are shown mercy because of their disobedience and because of the mercy shown to us, mercy will be shown to them. For when they see our obedience through faith, their hearts will be turned to God at the time of the end and it is only the mercy of God that allows their hearts to turn back. God will pour on them a Spirit of grace and supplication and they will look on the One whom they have pierced and mourn (Zech 12:10).