Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27
God has not forsaken or forgotten the Jews. They are still His people just as they have been for over four thousand years. Yes they turned away from God’s chosen one, but still a few come back to God in every generation. But God still has plans for them. Paul describes it as “this mystery.” What is the fullness of the Gentiles that Paul refers to? I am not sure that anyone can be 100% positive but I think it is at the end time when the Gospel has been proclaimed to all nations and tongues. God will do something that will cause the Jews to repent and come back to Him. They will realize that Jesus is the promised Messiah and will fall down to worship Him.
Jesus came to the Jews for their salvation and many if not most rejected Him. For over two thousand years they have been waiting on an event that has already happened. Unable to see the truth they continue in ways both the same and very different than practiced in the first century. They have had to deal with the destruction of the temple and the loss of a homeland and all the record needed to verify the messiah linage. But sill they hope, still they look towards the Messiah’s coming.
When Jesus returns, believers will see it as His second coming. The Jews will see it as His first coming and finally they will be reconciled with God. It is the sad state of man that we will reject the truth in order to keep out own beliefs and expectations intact. This still goes on today. People are confronted with God’s truth and refuse to believe. They would rather keep their own comfortable beliefs rather than accept God’s grace. They would rather try to hang onto what they will eventually lose rather than take what they cannot lose, God’s eternal salvation.
Have a blessed day,