The Jews’ Rejection of Messiah, SAVED the nations
The discourse in the book of Romans continue – Rom. 11:11 “Let me put another question then: ‘Have the Jews stumbled with the result that they have fallen away for ever? Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary. It is by means of their stumbling, that the deliverance has come to the nations in order to provoke them to jealousy‘”
The writer refers to this provoking by jealousy again in the next verse (v.14).
Rom. 11:15 “Since their rejection of Messiah meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission would mean? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead!”
Here we have another detail of this Prophecy – that the Jews will be provoked to jealousy by the Messianics into admission of the Messiah. When? “When the Fullness of the number of the nations has come in.” Thus, at the End! And then all Israel will be saved. This has not happened yet – so it must be yet future! Their blindness has not yet been removed, and it will not be removed until the ‘Fullness of the nations” has come in.
The provoking to jealousy is referred to a 3rd time in these three chapters of Romans (Rom 10:19), where it quotes this provocation from Moses’s writings in Deuteronomy 32:21. Moses was instructed by YHVH to address the elders of all the Tribes of Israel just before his death, because (Deut. 31:16) “….this people will start playing the harlot, following the alien gods of the land they are invading. They will desert Me and break this Covenant of Mine that I have made with them. On that day My Anger shall blaze against them. I shall forsake them and hide My face from them. A host of disasters will overtake them and devour them.”
Moses then relates a prophetic song, in which YHVH predicts this provocation:
Deut. 32:21 “They have roused Me to jealousy with what is no god … I then will rouse them to jealousy with what is no people; I will anger them with an empty-headed nation.”
Moses was addressing the 12 Tribes of Israel here. History and the Bible confirms that it was the 10 Northern Tribes specifically which rejected the God of Israel and His Torah, and opted for paganism. For this they were rejected by YHVH and exiled from their Land for more than 2000 years until this day. They assimilated with the nations of the world where they “followed the alien gods of the nations.”
The book of Hosea ch. 2 relates the rejection by YHVH of the House of 10-Israel (also Hosea 1:7.8) which He now called “No People of Mine”.
Hosea 3:4 to 2:3 “For the sons of Israel will be kept for many days without a king, without a leader, without sacrifice … Afterwards the sons of Israel will come back. They will seek YHVH their God and David their king … and the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore which cannot be measured or counted. In the place (thus Returned to the Land) where they were told you are ‘No People of Mine’, they will be called ‘the sons of the Living God’. The sons of Judah and Israel will be one again and they will return from the country of their exile.”
It seems clear from these Scriptures, that ‘the empty headed nation’ which YHVH will use to provoke and anger the Jews to jealousy with, will be the ‘no people of Mine’ – that is, exiled 10-Israel which He will betroth again (through the Death Sacrifice of Messiah – refer The Original True Gospel).
Like 10-Israel caused Him to long for His covenanted people by their worshipping of other gods and denial of Him as their God, He would make 2-Israel (Judah, the Jews) long for their God by provoking them to jealousy through a ‘nation’ who had no nationhood and no covenantal identity, but who seeked after it and who was accepted by God for it.
It seems that the Prophecy through Moses referred to all Israel (12-Israel), though the backsliding would be specifically by 10-Israel and the provoking to jealousy would apply specifically to 2-Israel. The New Testament writer in the Book of Romans clarified this interpretation. Thus, in looking upon all Israel, God predicted the pagan backsliding of His People; whom He would reconcile again through His Personal Messianic Manifestation, which would be rejected by one section of His nation – a rejection which would take His Salvation where it was required: to the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel who, being dispersed amongst and assimilated with the nations of the world, would serve as a great Testimony to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to them also. Even though 10-Israel had a contorted version of the True Hebraic Faith, affected by the pagan traditions of the non-Jewish nations amongst whom they were dispersed, a remnant amongst them would evolve towards the Original True Faith – and it would be this “once No-People” of YHVH whom He would redeem and accept back again, and use to provoke the guardians of His Oracles, the Jews, with – who stand in need of Redemption themselves. In the Process He would re-unite the two estranged Houses of Israel again and form one united nation.
How will Judah be provoked to Jealousy?
The Church can not ever impress Judah with its traditional ‘Gospel Message’.
In ” Israel and the Church” – Art Katz, a Messianic Jew, writes:
“Luther, the giant of the Reformation, collapsed at this test. He spent some time with three prominent Rabbis, thinking naively that he could persuade them about the truth of the Reformation, and that they would recognize in the Reformation church the revelation of the faith of the God of Israel – but the Rabbis failed to agree. They were no more impressed with Reformed Protestantism than they were with Catholicism.
“Luther then lapsed into a kind of foaming at the mouth, by which he produced a book called ‘The Lies of the Jews’ which fuelled the Nazi German persecution of Jews four centuries later. The Jew has ever and always been the severest test for the church.”
Speaking on behalf of the Church (but applying also to the Messianic Movement in general, including the Hebraic Roots Movement), Art Katz continues:
“From God’s side, the purpose of our salvation is to move Jews to jealousy. If we are not occupied with God’s side and His purpose for our salvation, then we are not apostolic; we cannot say that we are authentically under His Lordship … God has given us a mandate and a call for something outside of our self-orbit, namely, that the purpose for our being and salvation, from God’s perspective, is that we might move Israel to jealousy.”
“If the church is going to move Jews to jealousy, it is not going to be because our amplifiers are louder than the church down the street, or we have a talented musical group. It has got to be a demonstration of another kind, a heavenly kind in which abides righteousness, truth and reality.”
“What kind of demonstration can the church make that will provoke a people who have been the historical enemies of the gospel to the jealousy of the thing that they have despised and resisted till now? Do we have to become more charismatic? … What must they see? What will do it? The remarkable thing is that Paul lets that statement stand. He gives no explanation as to what he means by that or how it is to be done.”
Katz then concludes:
“Truth would be one thing that would impress a people who have been the church’s toughest critics and who have seen our defects and failures. The love of God would be another. More than we know, we have allowed shabby sentimentality or our natural temperament and disposition to serve in place of the love of God. But God’s love is the love of the unlovely, the love of the enemy, the love of the Jew by Gentiles. It is a love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We are presently embarrassingly deficient, and so we are not going to be the church that moves them to jealousy until these are obtained.
The publishers of BIBLE REVELATIONS are convinced, that there is ONE only way in which the Church and Hebraic Messianics could ever “provoke Jews to jealousy”, and that is, if these Messianics reverted to their ordained Mandate of accepting the True Eternal Covenant of YHVH, namely, Torah observance. This is the only way in which the Church or any force, could wish to provoke the Jews to jealousy, viz. to do what they regard as the supreme obligation to the God of Israel, namely Halachic interpreted Torah observance, better than the Jews observe it themselves! To also add the true spiritual dimension as well as Love (of Jews, the Land and the One True God of Israel).
When God refers to “fullness,” it is the completion of all that He has intended. There is a fullness for which God waits, of a people for His Name, from among every nation (Acts 15:14), and herein lies His Mandate for the Messianics – those whom, through Messiah, He reconciled to His eternal Covenant.
Messianics need to remember, that they were grafted into their root and that they are made, by His Sacrifice, partakers of the Covenant with Judah. The Messianic Revelation should not put one in a superior spiritual position to the Jews who were blinded, for it is but the Grace of God to allow a time period for bringing the nations into Israel’s Promise, into their hope and into their expectation. Part of the task is to remind Judah, not verbally, but by a living style that exhibits what it means to have been invited into the Commonwealth of Israel.