When Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed. The ‘self-interest Israel’ became thick skinned toward God. Moses and Isaiah both commented on this: “Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways, God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears…” Israel as a nation was just side-lined by God.
The next question is “are they down for the count? Are they out of this for good?” and the clear cut answer is NO. Ironically when they walked out, they left the door open and the outsiders walked in (i.e. us the Gentiles). So if their leaving triggered this world-wide coming of non-jewish outsiders to God’s kingdom, just imagine the effects of their coming back! What a homecoming! If their falling out initiated this, their recovery is going to set off something even better: Mass homecoming! If the first thing the Jews did, even though it was wrong for them, turned out for our good, just think what’s going to happen if they get it right! And according to jewsforjudaism.org, today there are more than half a million Messianic Jews worldwide including Israel, and is on the rise annually!
Behind and underneath all this there is a holy, God planted, God tended root. If the primary root is holy, there’s bound to be some holy fruit. Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and us wild shoots were grafted in. the only reason we are on the tree is because our graft ‘took’ when we believed, and because we are connected to that belief-nurturing root. Therefore be humbly mindful of the root that keeps us lithe and green. Make sure we stay alert to this these qualities of gentle kindness and ruthless severity that exist side by side, in God.
He can perform miracle grafts, and He is doing it. Why if He could graft you, a branch cut out from a tree in the wild, into an orchard tree, He certainly isn’t going to have any trouble grafting branches back into the tree where they grew from in first place.
There is truly nothing to boast or claim for ‘self-interest righteousness’ like the earlier shoots did and were cut off. Just be glad you’re in the tree, and hope for the best in others. The Mass Homecoming is closing in for the ultimate climax.
Based on Romans 11