God had already given Moses a vision of how He would work out His heart desire to bring salvation to Jews and Gentiles:
“They have moved Me to jealousy with a no-god.
They have provoked Me to anger with their vanities.
And I will move them to jealousy with a no-people.
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.” (Deuteronomy 32:21)
It was neither a mistake nor a surprise for Almighty God that most of the people of Israel did not accept the Messiah God sent them and that for almost 2000 years the Gospel was mostly in the hands of the Gentiles. This was God’s plan from the beginning.
God sent the Messiah – salvation – first to His people Israel. The first congregations were entirely Jewish and Jewish believers took this wonderful Gospel from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, then into the whole world. More and more Gentiles came to faith until the Jews almost disappeared among the many believers all over the world.
As the Gospel was kept mainly in the Gentile world, it was interpreted and lived more and more in a Gentile way. Now, this did not happen so that God would reject His people, God forbid! (Romans 11:1) God allowed this to happen so that the Gentile world would also share in this reconciliation between man and God. From the beginning He had the whole world in mind. He had already called Abraham a father of many nations.
While the Church focused in her outreach on individual salvation, God longs to see Israel as a nation calling on Him:
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
It’s up to us – the one new man, Jew and Gentile, to wake up Israel as a nation to the glorious Gospel of our risen Lord.
Now is the time for the fulfillment of the prophecy given to Moses!
We are seeing more and more believers from the Gentile world, who understand God’s salvation plan, His great love for His people Israel, and their need for their own Messiah. They are ready to come and take part in God’s plan and provoke Israel to jealousy, not with their wealth or materialism but with their great love for God and their confidence in their salvation.
So many Jewish people have lost hope in God, but these glowing believers from all over the world indeed make them jealous as they rejoice in the God of Israel.
Source: Trumpet of Salvation
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.“