A price was paid to change the destiny of repentant sinners. The demands of the Law, given to Israel, have been satisfied. Death was the price. The destiny of God’s chosen people was secured on their Messiah’s cross. The time of their redemption comes near. They will be loosed from the grip of sin to serve God Almighty.
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And declare in the coastlands afar off,
And say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him
And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.”
(Jeremiah 31:10-11 NASB)
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations.” That’s us! All gentile nations. God wants us to know what His plans are for His people Israel. “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
“This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25-27 NASB) He will.
The Four “I wills”
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jeremiah 31:33 NASB) After those days!?!
Why this matters
Ok. So, why does God want Gentiles to hear what He will do for Israel, and understand their current condition? Well, for one reason the Gentile’s time for salvation will come to an end. With God, numbers hold unimaginable significance. There will be “fullness of the Gentiles.” Today is the day we have been given to share the gospel. Jesus said, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4 NASB)
May we see Jesus exalted and seated next to His Father. May we hear the Spirit speak through God’s living word. May Christ’s life bear fruit in each of us. May we rejoice in hope as we work the works of our Father. Amen