Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 25, 2017

What Gentile Christians have in common with the remnant of Jews: “God’s gracious choice”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 50:17-20.

Israel is a scattered flock, the lions have driven them away.  The first one who devoured him was the king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.  Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:  ‘Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria.  And I will bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his desire will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead.  In those days and at that time,’ declares the Lord, ‘search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none;  and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found;  for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.’”    Jeremiah 50:17-20.

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For today’s devotion, we will focus on our attitude to the remnant of Jews.  We will first meditate on several Scriptures.

“… I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.’”  Verse 20.

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;  for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.”  And just as Isaiah foretold,

Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity,
We would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.”  Romans 9:27-29.

20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”  Isaiah 10:20-22.

At first, our attitude may be an improper attitude of pity for them and arrogance for us.  The Apostle Paul specifically examined and corrected that possible improper attitude in Romans chapter 11.     

We notice in today’s Scripture all that the LORD did for the remnant.  The LORD preserved their lives through exile and captivity.  The LORD brought them back to their land.  The LORD caused them to prosper in their land.  The LORD pardoned their sins.  Such lavish care of the LORD for the remnant of Jews should not evoke pity or arrogance from us.    

And, even more, we realize what we Gentile Christians have in common with the remnant of Jews.  We both are blessed to be part of God’s gracious choice, saved by grace.  “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”  Romans 11:5-6.

And, in Christ, there is no distinction between Jews and Christians.  “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;  for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;”  Romans 10:12.  “… there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.”  Colossians 3:11.

Yes, the remnant of Jews was a small group.  But, in a sense, we Gentile Christians are a small group too.  “Enter through the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.    For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14.

Other doctrine may sound good at first when we hear its teaching that God loves everybody and everyone can be saved.  But, Scripture shows that is not true.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that only the elect (both Jews and Christians) according to God’s gracious choice will be saved and that God will do everything needed for their salvation.

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”  Romans 11:5-6.

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