One of our beloved intercessors who is always highly tuned to the Lord’s whispering sent us a message yesterday.
“Praying for you all this morning and Papa led me to Acts 11:18…as I prayed over the verse Holy Spirit said – “There is a message in there that Andrew is to preach.”
Blessings and favour to you all xxx
Obediently I go into action and pray for His insight and message.
When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
It always pays to review the verses leading up to the key verse one is given and subsequent ones.
The Lord is always topical when He speaks. There is never any irrelevance in what He wants conveyed.
I pondered on the irony of the numbers of ‘Jews’ in the world and then the ‘grafted in Gentiles’
The ratio is massive.
In 2014 the estimate of the Jewish population was 14.2 million. 0.2% of the world population.
The estimate of Christians in the world in 2010 was 2.2bn nearly a third of all inhabitants on earth. There were about 1.6bn Muslims.
They come down mostly from Ishmael the son of Abraham despite the Prophet who followed the Pentateuch, leading them astray.
These two groups who all originally believed in the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob with other unbelievers represent 99.8% of the world.
When Peter received the revelation from God about what circumcision meant and that Yeshua ‘s message contrary to his original preconceptions meant everybody not just the Jews, everything changed.
Peter was shown it was a spiritual circumcision cutting away the excess from the heart and the ears to reveal the voice of God.
And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
The Jews began to realise that they did not have an exclusivity to Yahweh. That their laws no longer applied in some cases.
Circumcision to the Jew was proof of faith in Yahweh and a physical action of segregating themselves from the rest of the world.
We only need praise from God not from Man which is why the Lord allows us to be grafted in because of the circumcision of our hearts.
That is what is meant to be ‘truly Jewish’
I can say I am truly Jewish because I have had a supernatural skin graft. I am part of Israel.
Remember God in the Old Testament made exception for Ruth the Moabite Gentile because she believed, allowing her to participate in the Pesach and become part of Israel. Sarah and Rebecah part of the true ancestry of Christ were omitted from the geneology. Ruth and Rahab who are Gentiles are included.
And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’
Peter you will remember had the vision that blew his circuits about what God was commanding him to eat. These were foods totally contrary to Jewish law.
Then he speaks to a crowd of Gentiles who are not even baptised per John and Yeshua’s message and they are slain in the spirit and start speaking in spirit language (tongues)
Everything is back-to-front and topsy-turvy.
Until the Jewish faith accept Yeshua and spiritual circumcision they will always be on the margin and treated oppressively by man.
Not enough fear of God too much fear of man
God has continued with grace and love to protect them and their unbelief. Even when they deliberately teach their people excluding Isaiah 53 and other embarrassing verses. They continue to offend Him making Tel Aviv a modern Sodom and Gomorrah and worshipping the demon Mammon.
What a loving Father they have.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
The last verse is the key. Fear and righteousness make one accepted.
So when you go into the world and talk to Gentiles who are not even ‘Christian’ don’t be surprised they get touched by the Holy Spirit. Don’t get religious and feel they need to be going through for formulae of conversion in the right order.
Yeshua will co labour with you and demonstrate his power through you in what ever way He wishes.
Indeed God has granted repentance to life to all 99.8% of Gentiles including New Age, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and satanists,
It just seems so sad that His chosen people a diaspora of gifted and wonderful humans do not recognise His Son.
All other faiths are dissolved if Yeshua enters the equation. He is the only door to the Father and Heaven.
“It shall greatly help ye to understand the Scriptures if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after. ” Miles Coverdale