"Salvation Is From The Jews..."
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. - John 4:22
Romans 11:17-18 - If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Christians are meant to receive the full inheritance that God has promised to Abraham's seed. We are the "Ingrafted branches"…Yet there is a manner and a method to the original Seed of Abraham that a lot of us overlook.
The wisdom, sharpness of mind, and circumspect speech that's emphasized in Proverbs describes the ideal demeanor of the "Zionistic" Christian. Those who are of the natural blood-line of Abraham have retained the blessing of wise and effective stewardship of their possessions and business. We must observe and take note that such wisdom is from God (even if the things they're using it on are questionable). As God's spiritual family, we are heir to all the benefits He's bestowed upon His people.
God blessed the Israelites with the Revelation Knowledge to prosper and govern their land. This was so the rest of the world would see that they were blessed and then seek God as their own Lord and provider. Over the centuries, unfortunately, some of the blood-line have gone in a different direction than God had originally revealed to them. Even so, this blessing still rests on them.
Exodus 31:1-6 - Then the Lord said to Moses, "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you...
"... share in the nourishing sap..."
We must seek out the same blessing of skill and shrewdness that rested on the ancient, Godly Israelites. Let's not fool ourselves into believing that this behavior doesn't belong to Christianity. The truth is, we're required to use this Godly wisdom, as clearly laid-out Proverbs, if we are to fulfill our development as Christians. We can't turn away from the blessing just because some people use it for unholy purposes. Some of those who have inherited this blessing have become successful in things that are offensive to God. But let's not make the mistake of viewing the whole package as "evil". Their inheritance has imbued them with Godly skills... but some have made the choice to misuse them. We have to separate the blessing from the behavior. Christians need to distinguish between the "good" of these skills and the "evil" intentions of some of their practitioners.
(...and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root... - Romans 11:17).
Non-Israelites have a dangerous inability to carry-out Long-Term Planning. The "worldly zionists" (differentiated from Godly Zionists) could wait generations - centuries - to carry-out their vision of succeeding in world commerce. They did it with patient negotiation. Some enticed the poor with dazzling loans (an "escape" from their oppressive poverty - similar to the credit card "rainbow" that lures the miserable low-paid laborer of today), which eventually led to the acquisition of repossessed land when the borrowers couldn't make their payments. They did it by keeping their victories QUIET. Non-Israelites have an infantile desire to boast about every little victory they achieve (allowing their competitors to know how to get the "edge" on them). Instead, worldly zionists get their gratification privately, amongst themselves, and thus can move in the shadows, as it were, slowly increasing their influence over various facets of business, politics and society in general - without appearing obvious.
"Sneaky"... or "Sensible"?
To our eyes this may appear "sneaky". To their eyes they're merely seeking after the most profitable situations available using the most sensible techniques - and are puzzled at why others don't do things in the same way!
Some condemn Israelite descendants for this supposed "conspiracy of shrewdness". But there's no conspiracy: They're just using God-given principles. The problem really is that non-Israelites have been too short-sighted to carry-out plans that would require several generations to fulfill. We are impulsive, we seek instant gratification (which enslaves us to "credit" and the Babylonian system of commerce)... and we have a history of responding to things out of animal impulses: poorly thought-out wars, rage-inspired "pogroms" that produce no gain - only to vent some emotions that dissipate the next day.
We need to acquire this God-given "persevering shrewdness". As Christians, it's available to us if we devote ourselves to Godly purposes. But we can't damn ourselves with unforgiveness over the actions of the blind. We need to recognize that the best of the ancient Israelites are our "kindred spirits". We cannot confuse Abraham, Moses, and David with the errant actions of some political "zionists" of today. We must seek out that character of confident endurance that marked their trust in God.
In your patience possess ye your souls.
‑ Luke 21:19
© John Erickson