“For if their rejection and exclusion from the benefits of salvation were [overruled] for the reconciliation of a world to God, what will their acceptance and admission mean? [It will be nothing short of] life from the dead!” (Rom 11:15 Amp).
I have a “hunch”, a seed-thought if you will that has been germinating inside me these days, especially having visited Israel recently. Actually, as I reflect, it’s been for quite some time that this passage has intrigued me. What is this “life from the dead” Paul was speaking of? And if it occurs somehow in tandem with a mass restoration of the Jewish people to their Messiah, Yeshua – Jesus as we gentiles call Him, how does that happen? What will it look like?
Much like the working of miracles, which appear on the surface to occur as a result of divine fiat, we find in many cases there was actually a process, a “dance” between human action born out of desperation, and heavenly intervention. See the back and forth questioning that Jesus of Nazareth frequently engaged in before healing someone. How does that connect with “life from the dead” for the Jewish people, God’s covenant nation?
As we non-Jewish believers learn by personal experience more of our very Jewish Savior, our unchanging God and His covenants; as we are infused with His passionate, jealous love for His own people and how to listen to their heart and speak to their soul- the result will be that we will find ourselves proclaiming good news in a whole new way not only to Jews but to all men. If I can truly love and my heart breaks to the point of tears for arguably the most offended people on the planet; If the love of God through me can find a way past the walls around such a deeply “protected” soul, I can effectively proclaim this gospel to anyone. The result – “life from the dead”. “For I am not ashamed of the Good News, since it is God’s powerful means of bringing salvation to everyone who keeps on trusting, to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile.” (Rom 1:16 CLB)
In the next post we’ll talk about Humility, and how this beautiful quality of Yeshua, Jesus is our right of passage to communicating anything useful to anyone.