I was getting ready to speak for the first time at Open Door Church in Burleson, TX. It was a special night for Israel. Before I spoke, Pastor Troy Brewer shared a few thoughts. In fact, they were so powerful that I could have just gone home.
Pastor Troy rescues children. He has orphanages in Uganda, India, Nepal and Mexico. Many of these rescued children do not even know their names. So, Pastor Troy gives them his last name, Brewer.
He used the picture of his natural four children and his adopted children in these orphanages to explain why God expects the Church to bless Israel. He wondered out loud what would happen if one of his natural children had fallen away or fell out of relationship with the family. And then one of his adopted kids came upon that child. What if that adopted child began to berate and persecute Troy’s natural child? How would that make Troy feel?
He might respond, “Hey, I rescued you and this is how you repay me?” This is how God feels when one of his adopted children (the church of the nations) attacks one of his natural kids (The Jewish people), as we saw in the Crusades and the Inquisition. God expects the Church to show kindness to Israel (Rom. 11:22) and to provoke Israel to jealousy (Rom. 11:11).
On the other hand, how do you think Troy would feel if one of these adopted kids from Uganda or India went after Troy’s estranged child with love and compassion, seeking to restore him to Troy? Would not Pastor Troy be overjoyed with this adopted son? Would he not favor this former orphan will blessing?
In the same why, when believers bless Israel and seek to bring Jewish people back to the Father through Yeshua, God the Father is overjoyed. God spoke to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and those who curse you I will curse.” (Gen. 11:3)
God expects His adopted children (Rom. 8:15) to reach out to his estranged sons, Israel. In so doing Israel will find her Messiah and God will pour out his blessing on the Church.
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! (Romans 11:11-12)