The Gospel To The Jew

"But when they departed...they...went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.” - Acts 13:14-15

Are you ready to speak the Word when God gives you the opportunity?
Is there a stirring in your heart to let the truth be made known?

God is working even now. God is speaking all over the world. He is always creating opportunities for His truth to be heard to those who do not yet know Him. The Lord has various means to reach the hearts of those He is inwardly working in and who are sincerely seeking Him. He looks to use those who have received His Word.

He is desiring to speak through you. Yes YOU!

The first people that God entrusted His truth to was the Jewish people. From Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to the prophets of old, the Jews were chosen to be a special people that were set apart and to be a light to the Gentile nations. However, they had to first receive the Word that was given to them and to follow in the ways of the Lord before they could truly be a light to the rest of the world.

When Paul wrote about his desperation to reach his fellow Jewish brethren, he shared how the Israelites were those "to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen" (Rom. 9:4-5). However, the Jewish people turned from the Lord and got lost in idolatry or tradition many times before the Lord would chasten them to bring them back.

This is why the Word had to become flesh and dwell among us (John 1:14). But when Jesus showed up, most of the Jews sadly did not receive Him.

Jesus is the answer to the problem of sin in the heart of the Jew and the Gentiles throughout the world even to this day. Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel, the King of the Jews, and the Savior of the world. He modeled for us what it means to speak what the Father gave Him to speak.

When Jesus was led into Samaria to speak to the woman at the well, He exposed her heart and shared with her of the living water that only He could give to her. In this revealing conversation, Jesus told her that "salvation is of the Jews" and that she didn't know what she worshipped but that the Jewish people knew what they worshipped (John 4:22).

How important it is that we understand WHO we worship and WHY we worship the way we worship!

God is seeking true worshippers who will worship Him "in spirit and in truth". Living water is God's Spirit of truth dwelling in us and overflowing out of us. Dead religion is the natural default of all those whose hearts are polluted with the sewer waters of this filthy world. The heart is prone to wander into idolatry without the Christ reigning from within.

This is why we are encouraged to "let the word of Christ dwell in us richly" (Col. 3:16) and to have our hearts "sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb. 10:22). For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

We are the light of the world and when we speak the truth, we are saying to others, "Let there be light" once again. We are not creating anything new, but becoming a mouthpiece for what God has already created, said, and done. Therefore, may our hearts be "overflowing with a good theme" to recite our composition concerning King Jesus, and that our tongues might be "the [pens] of a ready writer" (Ps. 45:1).

In a time where there are so many people believing the lies of the world, and there is a growing hatred for Jews, moral truth, and even followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to set the record straight and to speak the truth in love to all. May we learn like Paul the Apostle to "become a servant of all that [we' might win the more and "become like a Jew to win the Jews" and "become all things to all men, that [we] might by all means save some. (1 Cor. 9:19-22).

We are God's ambassadors. He seeks to plead through and call people to be reconciled unto Himself. May we say today and everyday, "O Lord, please use my life as a witness for You that You might speak through me so that others would hear the truth and believe and be inspired and instructed by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!" Amen and Amen.

Acts in Action Challenge Points:
Understand how a Jewish person thinks
Learn to preach Jesus from the OT Scriptures
Pray for the veil to be removed from Jewish people

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