To the Jew First, but Why?

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A Messianic Daily Devotional
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

To the Jew first… what does it mean? It’s more simple than you think. My husband and I concentrate on reaching the Jew with the Good News of salvation first — that means those in our immediate vicinity.  God does everything in order, and here are five biblical reasons why the Good News much reach the ears and hearts of Jewish people first.

  1. Israel is called to be a light to the nations (Isaiah 49:6).
  2. Israel is called as the “oracles” or word or mouthpiece of God (Romans 3:1-2).
  3. Israel is called to bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3).
  4. The Gentile church is indebted to Israel for giving us the Bible and a Redeemer (Galatians 3:29).
  5. Yeshua is first Messiah and Savior to His own and then the nations (John 1:11-12).

None of these can be fulfilled as God intended until the Jewish people have a revelation of their long-awaited Messiah in the express image of Yeshua.

The passage in Genesis also states that Gentiles are to bless Israel and not curse. One of the best ways to bless is to present the Good News of salvation through belief in Yeshua. This revelation will enable them to become the light, voice, and blessing that God destined.

For more study…

Acts 13:13-52, Acts 14;1-5, Acts 19:8-10

Work it into daily life…

If there are Jewish people in your community, get to know them. Concentrate on building a friendship and offer to pray for them. Look for ways to introduce the hope and joy of salvation. If you do not know Jewish people, ask the Lord to bring some across your path. Look at the people around you in stores, malls, or at the airport. You will find God’s people around you as you look. Make a step to befriend them. Ask the pastor of your church how your community can fulfill scripture by making the Good News available to the Jews first.

©Bonnie Saul Wilks

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