Text: “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
“Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only (the Jewish Nation alone), our upon the uncircumcision also (the Gentile Nations also)? For we say that faith was reckoned unto Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision (he was physically circumcised), a seal of the righteousness of the faith he had yet being uncircumcised (physically); that he might be the father of ALL them that believe, though they be not circumcised (physically); that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.”
Good morning, Christian member of true Israel! Your faith is a God-given faith, a faith given by God as His free gift of grace to all those souls whom He elected to saved before the very foundation of the world. If faith be God’s gift to certain chosen people, then only those chosen of God to receive His gift will come in time to trust in Christ Jesus and the full Atonement Sacrifice He has made for us at a place called Calvary. All those fully enabled of the Lord (former Jews and Gentiles) to place undying trust in Christ, can claim to be members of true Israel; children of God, according to His Eternal promise. Hallelujah!
“For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of FAITH. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void (empty, useless), and the promise made of none effect.” (Romans 4:13-14)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created (Spiritually regenerated) in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
When the great apostle Paul sought to teach this above teaching, all Hell broke out in Jerusalem. The Jews detested the Gentiles, and to seek to include the Gentile nations as members of the Lord’s true Israel was anathema to the crowd. At the mention of the very word ‘Gentile’, the crowd began to riot, and Paul had to be taken into custody to insure his own personal safety. (See Acts Chapter 22:, and especially note verse 21)
‘True Israel’ consists of all those whom the Lord has given His Divine gift of faith to believe (trust) in Christ Jesus, His Son, and the full Atonement Sacrifice He made for ‘His people’ at the Cross on Mount Calvary.
“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call His Name Jesus; for He shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
The apostle Peter also received great opposition when he revealed the fact that the Gentile Nations were included in the promise of God for Eternal Salvation.
“And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision (the Jews) contended with him, saying, Thou went in to men uncircumcised (Gentiles), and did eat with them.” (Acts 11:1-3)
However, after Peter revealed the vision that the Lord God had given him reference the Gentile Nations, and their full admission, by faith, into the true Israel of God, they glorified God and held their peace.
“Forasmuch then as God gave them (Gentiles) the like gift as He did unto us (former Jews), who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they (the apostles and brethren) heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” (Acts 11:17-18)
Circumcision of the flesh profits nothing in Spiritual terms. The Spirit of God must circumcise our hearts (entire inner being) and create us, in Christ Jesus, new creatures. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“For he is not a Jew (true Israel), which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh; BUT he IS a Jew (true Israel), which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28-29)
Verse 22. “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.” Now we can more fully understand the plea from the Psalmist, and apply it personally to our regenerate hearts.