2001-05-19 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
Messiah: His Final Call to Israel Series, Part 32
Acts 3:19-20 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus.
Last week, we began to glean truth from the passage of Scripture found in Acts 3:13-26. We saw that Peter was used by the Lord to give healing to a man who was lame. We left off in our 32nd part of this devotional series with a discussion of the above verses from the chapter under consideration. Peter also took the time on this occasion to share that it was in ignorance that Israel rejected the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, but that they must repent and turn again so that their sins may be blotted out and that the Lord may send seasons of refreshing. Often times people will repent and change upon truly learning the facts about something. It is our hope that people everywhere will take time to kindly share those facts and encourage Jewish people to examine the Bible over these matters. This week, we would like to take a closer look at the term "turn again." This series is written to give forth the Biblical perspective on how real peace will come to Israel, God's way. We hope that it is encouraging and stimulates your prayers for the peace of Jerusalem.
The Lord, through Peter, not only called upon all Israel to repent of their actions and attitudes toward Jesus of Nazareth, but He also commanded them to "turn again. . . ." The original Greek word used by Peter literally means "turn to." It occurs in Acts 9:35, which reads as follows, "And all that dwelt at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord." The context shows that Peter had cured a man who had kept his bed for eight years. The miracle caused the people to give heed to the message which was preached by Peter. They turned to the Lord as a result of the preaching, and of the miracle which confirmed the message. The word rendered "turn to" in this passage is the very one used by Peter in Acts 3:19. The same term occurs in Acts 11:21. "And a great number that believed turned unto the Lord." Without doubt, in these two passages it can mean nothing except receiving the Lord Jesus Christ personally as Lord and Saviour. It also appears in Acts 14:15 and 15:19, being followed however, by the word God; but the same general idea is dominant in both instances. Thus when Peter used it in the passage under consideration, he called upon those who had rejected Jesus to repent of that crime and to turn to Him from whom they had previously turned away. These facts show that Peter called upon Israel to repudiate the national sin and to accept Jesus Christ personally as Lord and Savior. The language can mean nothing else.
Can the people of Israel, as a nation, repent of what their ancestors did to Jesus of Nazareth and accept Him as Lord and Messiah? I think it is an honor and a privilege to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in hopes that they would soon turn again. The peace that will come to Israel means peace and blessing for the entire Earth. All believers look forward to the day when the curse will be lifted off the earth and this peace will happen. That is why we ask you to please pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. We hope the facts and evidence that point to the truth regarding the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, will soon be examined honestly by everyone, especially Israel. Amen
Next week, we will take a brief look at the hindering and erroneous viewpoints that mar the way of the Jewish people.
In His Service,