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Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?

The people of Judah ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah; see also The Southern Kingdom) have long been referred to as the "chosen people" - and that is correct in that The Lord decreed long ago that the Messiah would come from Judah e.g. "49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people [i.e. all nations; see The Coming World Dictator] be" (Genesis 49:10 KJV) and "27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah] And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest" (Matthew 27:11 KJV).

But, paradoxically, amidst their having been chosen, by God, to be the family from which The Christ would be born, were, many of them, also "chosen," by God, to not recognize the long-awaited Messiah when He came? Answer, yes. Why? Read on.

"According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day"

The apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) was well-qualified to explain the blindness because he experienced it himself prior to his conversion On The Road To Damascus - before which he persecuted and took part in the killing of Christians. He thereafter realized that "Israel" is ultimately a spiritual concept that applies to all humans (see Physical and Spiritual Israel).


"9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh [see also Was Paul A Jew or a Benjamite?]: 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience]. 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." (Romans 9:3-8 KJV)

It was necessary for the Lamb of God to be sacrificed, at Passover (see Christ's Passover; listen also to the Sermon Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour from our Sermons page), by the only people who were observing Passover. What if they had recognized the Christ as the Christ? They would not have had Him sacrificed - and the world would still be without a Savior. For example, the as-yet-then spiritually blind apostle Peter drew his sword and fought to prevent Christ's arrest (see Malchus). "16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you" (Matthew 16:21-22 KJV).

"9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 9:32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law [see Did Jesus Break The Law? and Works Means Obedience]. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 9:31-33 KJV)

10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness [see I Did It My Way], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Romans 10:1-3 KJV)

The Messiah is the Savior of all people. Many of the people of Judah were made blind, by God, so that the Lamb of God would be sacrificed and the door would be made open "until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in" (verse 25 below). Even more amazingly, it is prophesied in "the Jewish Old Testament" that their blindness would happen e.g. "6:9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: 'Hear and hear, but do not understand; see and see, but do not perceive.' 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed" (Isaiah 6:9-10 KJV). Those who hate Jews because "they killed Christ" ought to keep in mind that God made it happen for the purpose of having the Lamb of God sacrificed for all of humanity.

The apostle Paul used the analogy of grafting in referring to how people of all nations may become "Israel" - but he also explains how the people of Judah will be grafted into their own rootstock when the time of the purpose of their blindness has been completed i.e. "how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?" ... "that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved" (see verses below).

"11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election [see The Elect] hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 11:8 According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day." (Romans 11:7-8 KJV)

"11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy [see also Christ's Pentecost and listen to the Sermon Pentecost: The People of God from our Sermons page], the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild Olive Tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness [listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page]: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer [see Zionism], and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes." (Romans 11:16-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why will there be two resurrections, one to spirit, the others physical?
See When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?

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