I’m doing a study of replacement theology because I have toyed with the idea of teaching or leading a group discussion about the Jewishness of our Jewish Messiah. It’s important to understand these things because it can keep a body from making assumptions and from being presumptuous. I’m remember when I first heard someone talking about presuming upon God and I thought “what a scary thought!”. People do it all the time!
John, the beloved disciple comes to mind because we’ve been doing a Beth Moore study about him. He was the one that asked Christ if He wanted Him to call down fire on the Samaritans. Talk about presumptuous!
We, who call ourselves the church, should be careful and mindful of what we mean by that term. In the early history of the church, of course, that word for “church” was “ecclesia”, which means “called out ones”. I’m speaking of either Jew or Gentile. What were the Jews called out of? Jesus often used the phrase “traditions of men” and “the traditions of the elders” that He called “vain”. He also called their leaders “blind” and “stiff necked”. He called their leaders into the boxing ring with Him and did a verbal throw down. Meanwhile, He discipled those who’s hearts were open and who believed. He wasn’t in “control” of how people responded to Him. He just did what His Father told Him to do. Even when people were selling Him out, and cutting off people’s ears.
The Gentiles were called out of paganism. They were mixing sex and witchcraft and eating all kinds of abominable things! Gentiles were not nice people!
We know that Jesus talked about two flocks and bringing these two flocks together. He was trying to get the chosen frozen (the leaders of Israel at the time) to get it that He was the legal heir, and to repent, and to get ready for the new kids on the block; but their hearts were not pliable.
A cursory study of scripture and any Bible commentary will teach you that Israel is called “the Olive Tree” and the Gentiles (any of you with last name of O’Brien, Smith, Jones or Wigglesworth) are called “the wild branches”. They were wild alright. Just check out the city of Corinth. The city was known for it’s corruption. A byword for the Corinthian lifestyle, was “profligacy”, which means, “Given over to dissipation; dissolute; Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant”. There was even a Greek word, Korinthianize, which meant, “to practice fornication”.There was a temple to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, above the city. Every evening 1000 priestesses, who were sacred prostitutes, would descend to the streets of Corinth to practice their trade. (Brandonweb.com/sermons)
So what’s all this have to do with “little words”. A lot! Any introductory study of replacement theology will help will reveal that any kind of doctrinal error that comes from replacement theology is usually because they used words like “replaced” , “no longer”, “no different”, “Israel” and “the church” used simultaneosly, and “superceded”. Little words that indicate a presumptuous opinion about what God says about Israel.
From this word press blogger’s point of view, I’m eternally grateful to the Jewish people for bringing me my Messiah. The first time I read Revelation 12, I began to weep.