Just like so many other Scriptures that we have looked at in the past, this Passage is so incredibly rich. It just seems like almost every word is oozing with rich, deep meaning. And so to clarify what is being said, we’ll be looking at various Scriptures, concepts, and precepts that are expressed throughout all of the Bible, but primarily throughout the Renewed Covenant (N/T). I hope that you’ve been able to follow along in our series. If not, I would encourage you to check out the archives.
The “Good and the Bad”
Today I would like to summarize what I have been addressing previously and try to bring it all together. If you have been following along, you know that we have been discussing the Parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22. For about the last week we have been discussing the “Good and the bad” mentioned in Matthew 12:10. Who are they?
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. Mat 22:10
Remember that the ancient Persic version of the Bible reads “Known and unkown” rather than “bad and good”. In the following verse, Yeshua explains that the Kingdom of Heaven will accept all who come to it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Mat 13:47
One of the things we have done to identify the good and bad, known and unkown is we looked at Cornelius and then Peter’s vision in Acts Chapter 10.
Understanding Peter’s vision in Acts chapter 10 is easy to do by just picking up the Bible and reading Acts chapter 10. When you read the entire chapter, even by itself it becomes glaringly clear that Peter’s vision was not about food. When you read the recap in chapter 11, everything that you read in chapter 10 becomes reaffirmed even more. When we infuse the context of Biblical Israel into the narrative, the complete understanding becomes crystal clear. We have been addressing various aspects of Peter’s vision over the last few days so today I would like to summarize it and bring it all together.
The Dispersion of Israel & Acts 10
If you are were born in America you have a tremendous heritage for which you did absolutely nothing. Likewise, if you were born again into the Kingdom of God, in the same way, you have a tremendous heritage that is being offered to you. With that heritage comes a future also. God is offering you His Kingdom regardless of whether or not you are one of the “bad” or the “good”.
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good (known and unknown): and the wedding was furnished with guests. Mat 22:10
For many are called, but few are chosen. Mat 22:14
God’s chosen people is Israel: But as we all know, Israel committed adultery against God and as a result, God gave them their desire. He freed them from their commitment to Him and then scattered them around the world.
It is critical to remember that Biblical Israel is different than the body politic currently residing in the Middle East. The body politic of political Israel is just that; political. It is not Biblical. Biblical Israel is God’s chosen people. They committed adultery against Yahweh God and because of that, they were dispersed even throughout the world.
Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. Hos 8:8
However, even though Israel was dispersed, the following Scripture, and many more, clearly express that God would not leave them there. These prophecies tell us that there would be a regathering of Israel.
Isa 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; Isa 43:6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Isa 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
God is regathering His people: Israel.
Even Yeshua said that He came for the lost sheep of the House of Israel
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24
In Acts 10 we have another example of God keeping His promise to regather His people.
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Acts 11:18
Apostle Paul to the “Gentiles” – “Non-Jews”
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Eph 3:6
Yeshua came for Israel
Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mat 15:24
Israel is the Bride of Christ
Yahweh- The God of Israel
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, Luk 1:68
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Galatians 6:16
Good and bad / Religious and nonreligious
We’ve been addressing this idea of the regathering of Israel for quite some time so I just thought I would remind you that we previously introduced the of religion and how it so dramatically affects people. You can review that here but I thought I would include the following graphic for convenience.
I pray this will help you respond to the call of the most High with an honest and devoted heart. He is not looking for religion or perfection, just relationship.
For everyone is invited to enter in, but few respond “in excellence.” Matthew 22:14 TPT
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