Not Putting It Together
“The dishes in the dishwasher are clean, so don’t load those dirty dishes.” I looked right at Mary, heard her give me these instructions, and walked right into the kitchen, picked up a couple of dirty plates from the counter, looked for a place to put them in the packed rack, and put the dirty dishes right next to the clean ones.
Why did I do this? Because I already had a strong point of view that the dirty dishes needed to be put in the machine, and I simply didn’t put together what Mary was saying to me. It’s one thing to do this when all you have to do is reach in and get the dirty dishes out before you unload the clean dishes. It’s another thing when you look right at someone and listen to them explain from the Jewish Scriptures how from the beginning God promised that a great male child would come, would be struck by the serpent, but then would crush the serpent’s head.
In the close of the Book of Acts in Paul’s private residence in Rome Jews packed the house and they debated from early in the morning till the evening whether or not Jesus in His death and resurrection fulfilled the Messianic promises of the Jewish Scriptures or not. Who put it together? Who didn’t and why?
“Setting a day for him, the Jews in Rome came to him at his residence in great numbers. From early in the morning till the evening he carefully explained, testifying to the Kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some were convinced by the things he told them, but others didn’t believe.
As they left they continued to disagree, but before they got away Paul had this word for them. ‘The Holy Spirit spoke correctly through the Prophet Isaiah to our fathers when He said, ‘Go to this people and say, ‘You will hear with their ears and not understand. Seeing, you will see, but certainly not perceive. For this people’s heart has become impervious. They hear with ears that are hard of hearing and they have closed their eyes, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn that I might heal them.’ Therefore let it be made known to you that this salvation from God will be sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen.’” Acts 28:23-28
Down through the centuries, it is true that the majority of those who have believed that the Law and the Prophets prophesied about Jesus are Gentiles. But just as in this interaction between Paul and his people in the first century, there continue to be Jews who believe that Yeshua is their Messiah.
The question for all of us is whether or not our hearts will be soft, our ears and our eyes will be open so that we can put together what God is teaching us.
LORD, I pray for Jewish friends today who are still not persuaded that the Law and the Prophets give the clues that point to Jesus. Help them read their sacred Scriptures for themselves to discover what it does reveal about who receives your Kingdom and who does not.
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