Sermon Title: “No Longer Strangers to God and to one another”
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Speaker: Pastor Joseph
Jewish Attitudes toward Gentiles
- They were called “the uncircumcision” (See Romans 2:26, 28)
- Jews regarded Gentiles as ritually unclean.
- In some rabbinic literature, the Rabbis refer to non-Jewish people as “uncircumcised proselytes.
- Jews have been taught to separate themselves from Gentiles and paganism because of the Gentile sinfulness .
- Jews prohibited Gentile to participate in Temple worship.
- Jews were exhorted not to marry Gentiles (Lev. 9:10; 14:6).
- Gentiles were “sinners” (Galatians 2:15).
- Many Jews believed that the Gentile were doomed to divine punishment.
Jesus and Gentiles: His Perception and Attitude
- He instructed his disciples not to be like the Gentiles who “greet only your brothers” (Matthew 5:47)
- In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus instructed his disciples not to pray the Gentiles who believe that God will hear them because of their long and repetitive prayers” (Matthew 6:7)
- He taught his disciples not to follow the example of the Gentiles who “eagerly seek for material things” in this word (Matthew 6:32).
Ministry to Gentiles
- Jesus ministered to the Gerasene demoniac (Mk 5:2)
- Jesus ministered the centurion who sought Jesus out (Mt 8:5; Lk 7:2-7)
- He ministered to the Syrophoenician woman who searched for him (Mk 7:25).
- He met with the Greeks who asked to meet with him (Jn 12:20-22)
- He shared the Gospel with a Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-42).
The Gentiles in the Future Mission
- Jesus taught that his followers as “the light of the nations” would evangelize the Gentiles and participate in Gentile missions (Mt 5:13-16; 24:14)
- In several of his parables, he announced the participation of the Gentile in the Kingdom of God (Mk 4:30-32; Mt 22:1-14; Lk 11:29-32).
- Gentile Christians would sit in fellowship with the Jewish patriarchs (Mt 8:11-12)
- Jesus states that the Temple, that is Father’s house, “will be called a house of prayer for the nations” (Mk 11:17), which includes both Jews and non-Jews as worshippers of Yahweh.
- Jesus predicted that he will not come until the Gospel is preached to all Gentile nations (M5 24:14)
Common and Shared Gifts between Jewish and Gentile Christians
- Through Jesus the Messiah, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of peace
- Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of the Spirit or access to the same Spirit.
- Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians share the same God as their Father or access to the same Father
- Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift and ministry of reconciliation
- Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of unity in thinking
- Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of friendship
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