Romans 11:11 states, “Again I ask: Did they (Israel) stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation (wholeness) has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious (jealous).” (NIV)
The parenthetical inserts in the verse above are mine simply for clarification sake.
Expounding a little further, Israel refers to the natural bloodline of the Jewish people and those who have been adopted into the nation through marriage, adoption, and assimilation.
Israel also refers to a man (the son of Isaac whose given name was Jacob and later changed by God), a land whose borders are carefully described in Scripture, and a people. Israel, the land, has never been inhabited solely by Jews and the Bible clearly states how these visitors or sojourners are to be treated. (I have never been a fan or an advocate for the so-called two-state solution!)
My second insert in the above scripture is regarding the word salvation, that I define as wholeness.
When the angel appeared to Miriam he declared, “call his name Yeshua because he will save his people.” The name Yeshua is a shortened form of the name Yehoshua (Joshua) meaning “he will save.”
My friend, Asher Intrater, has done a very nice little study on the name of Messiah hidden in the Hebrew scriptures that we have posted for your enjoyment recently.
Go back and check it out if you have not seen it. It’s very enjoyable…and brief. (Click here: Asher Intrater)
My title for this blog is “Provoking Israel to Jealousy,” so let’s get to it.
I have been a believer for just over forty years now, and in all this time I have witnessed and been involved in all kinds of outreach activities. From one-on-one ministry in the streets, to large concert settings, my heart and my desire for Israel is that they may be saved.
I’ve sat and listened for hours while many different folks have shared their views and opinions on this very fiery and intimidating subject, and I have come to my own conclusions.
What do you think was the main reason Israel made the nations jealous all those years ago?
Was it the wealth they carried away from Egypt…
Or the signs and wonders performed by the hands of Moses and Aaron?
Was it the size of the company or their abilities in battle?
Or was it the fact that millions survived forty years in the desert without normally-available food or water?
No, I believe Moses said it right in Exodus 33—it was the PRESENCE of the living God in their midst that made them invincible, wealthy, and provoked the nations to jealousy!
So Church, let me ask you what you think will provoke Israel to jealousy today.
Will it be the beauty of your buildings or the size of your holdings?
Will it be the wealth and prosperity of the leaders with their cars and houses that will convince Israel that they serve the one true living God?
Will it be how pious or holy you can present yourselves to the world?
No, I have seen the effect on the Jewish soul when it comes into direct contact with the presence and person of the living Spirit and breath of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I have experienced this holy confrontation personally and I know that this is the only sure-fire way to provoke Israel today. Be a living ark that carries His presence, displays His fruit, and shares His gifts. Then, you will be a provoker to Israel for sure!