Week 33: Gentile Inclusion
- Leviticus 26: 3-27:34
- Jeremiah 16: 19-17:14
- Ephesians 2: 11-19
The heart of God is seen in such a beautiful way this week in our readings. Despite the Jews disobedience, God will not cancel His covenant with them. God shares with us that He will remember His ancient covenant in the sight of all nations. The question remains, why would God do this after all they put Him through? God’s heart is that the Jews might recognize Him as their God in spirit and in truth relationally.
We read in Jeremiah this week about those who trust in the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7-8 makes it clear. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
I find this passage very personal to my life. This promise by God was given to all of us who TRUST in the Lord. Once we put our trust in Him, we need to HOPE and be confident. That means against all odds we stay rock solid.
In Ephesians we find a passage that discusses the inclusion of the Gentiles and Jews together in oneness of Faith. I find it very refreshing to be included into God’s master plan. No longer do I have to feel like an outsider looking in. I can embrace that I am no longer an orphan or widow, but a citizen and member of God’s family.
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Whom do I put my trust in?
▪ How do I define hope and confidence?
▪ Do I believe I am a citizen along with all of God’s holy people?
▪ Do I believe I am a member of God’s family?
▪ Do I understand how much God loves people to worship Him relationally?