... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

22
February
2011

Daniel 2: The Kingdom of God on earth? Part 1 of 2 - The non-Israelites

The non-Israelites

What does biblical scripture say about non-Israelites in relation to the Israelites? They would share in the blessings of Israel. Psalm 87 speaks of this. And it is written in Genesis chapter 12 verses 2 and 3; God told Abraham:

"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

So all non-Israelites were (still are) invited to come to share in the blessings of Israel. They are all invited to worship God Almighty, the God of Israel, The Father, and to pray asking him for his blessings, at the Temple in Jerusalem. Even before there was a Temple, God said this would happen (Genesis 22 verse 18). Later they could go to the outer courts of the Temple. King Salomon who built the first temple said it like this:

"As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name- for men will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm- when he comes and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.”
1 Kings 8: 41- 43.

What about the Christians?
They also share as non-Israelites in the blessings of Israel. The book of Romans chapter 11 verse 24 mentions that they are like branches of a wild olive tree that has been broken of and joined to the cultivated olive tree, which are the Israelites. They cannot replace the cultivated olive tree. But they can share in the nourishment (blessings) its root provides. And in Romans chapter 11 verse 20, Paul tells Christians not to be arrogant, proud. In other words, to be humble and know one's place when it comes to the Almighty Fathers choices and wishes. For in a family, children don't normally get to choose who their brothers and sisters are. Nor who there adoptive brothers and sisters will be.

Are there examples of non-Israelite individuals who worshiped God Almighty and were blessed by him through Israelites? Yes, Ruth who married Boaz and later became King David's grandmother. Her story is written in the book of Ruth. She was the one who said, as written in Ruth 1:16c:
“Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

And a captain in the Roman regiment called Cornelius (Acts chapter 10) who became a Christian.

I believe God has been blessing people and nations through the Israelites and Israel to this day. What did Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) had to say about Gods Kingdom on earth, and the Israelites? About the Jews (he himself was a Jew) he said, as mentioned in John chapter 4 verse 22: they know whom they worship and salvation is from the Jews. As for the Kingdom of God, he told his followers (disciples) to pray for it to come and for Gods will to be done on earth as in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Recommended