Wednesday, September 7, 2016

THIS YEAR ALSO - By Joel Finck

  By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:6-9

Bible teachers have traditionally taught that God set  Israel aside, either temporarily or permanently, when they  crucified the Lord on Calvary. While this was certainly a  terrible act on Israel's part, a careful study of Scripture reveals  that it did not result in the setting aside of Israel at that time.

Our text outlines the Lord's earthly ministry among the  Jews, "Behold, these three years I [the owner ofthe vineyard]  come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none ... "(Luke  13:7a). Indeed, Christ sought fruit in Israel (represented by  the fig tree) for a three year period and found no national  repentance. Verse seven goes on to say, "cut it down; why  cumbereth it the ground?" To this, most Bible teachers echo  a hearty "Amen." What does the Lord go on to say in this  parable? "And he [the worker] answering said unto him [the  owner of the vineyard], Lord, let it alone this year also, till I  shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if  not, then after that thou shalt cut it down" (Luke 13:8,9).

According to this text, Israel was allowed one more year  after the cross to repent and receive her King and kingdom.  Indeed, even as Christ hung on the cross, He cried out for His  people, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do"  (Luke 23:34). This prayer was heard, and Israel was given  one more year to hear the kingdom offered and proclaimed.  At the end of that year, Stephen stood before the Jews and  confirmed that their time was up. As he gazed skyward, he  proclaimed, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of  man standing on the right hand of God" (Acts T56). Our  Lord's standing posture indicated judgment. (See Isaiah  3:13.) The Jews recognizethis, for upon hearing this  indictment, they immediately proceeded to stone Stephen to  death. Was Israel "set aside" at the cross? No! She was given  another year to repent. Only after this, did God raise up a new  apostle to go to the Gentiles.

  Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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