Provoke the Jew to Jealousy

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By Ron Ross 1st August, 2010

Israel is a significant indicator on how focused we are on being ‘Ambassadors for Christ.’ The Apostle Paul made this point in his letter to the Romans. “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.” (Romans 11:11)

It is clear. The salvation which came to the Gentiles, is meant to ‘provoke them (the Jews) to jealousy.’

I ask myself constantly, ‘what have I done today that provokes the Jew to envy my faith in Jesus?”

The word translated as ‘their fall’ describes ‘a false step.’ In Romans 5: 20 it is translated ‘offence.’

When Jesus came to Israel the first time the nation Israel rejected Him. They ‘received Him not.” (John 1:10-12)

The Apostle Paul even explained the condition of Israel in more detail. “As it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day. (Romans 11: 8)

Paul said it all again in his letter to Corinth. “But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart.” (2 Cor. 3: 14-15)

Remember what Paul said in Romans 11? ‘Through their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles.’ Paul himself was sent to be the apostle to the gentiles. He pioneered outreach beyond Jerusalem to the world of the gentiles.

How we praise the Lord for Paul and his courageous ministry?

It has always been the plan of the Lord that His Presence and Power demonstrated through Gentiles should bring His blessing back to Israel and the Jewish people.

Paul the Jew ministered boldly into the gentile world. He suffered physically for his efforts but his love for Jesus overcame all the obstacles.

Goal

Now we Christians often seek revival for the sake of blessing ourselves, or to get a heavenly buzz, or ‘to go walking and leaping.’

None of that is bad but I wonder how often we pray for spiritual revival so that our faith will ‘provoke the Jew to jealousy?’

It may simply be that the Lord wants to disperse His Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) to do His will, rather than just tickle ears or give us a buzz.

When political leaders can openly disdain the Word of God or the place of Christ, it would seem our current efforts are falling short of provoking anyone to jealousy or envy.

Christians were only a small community in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago but they had an impact. They provoked because God was with them in miracles and in their bold confession.

Where is our witness falling down? What is missing?

What can we do today that ‘provokes the Jew to jealousy?”

Vote now:

a) It doesn’t matter
b) Who cares?
c) Show me, Lord!

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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