[Peter continued,] "Moses said, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.' Then Moses said, 'Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from God's people.'
"Starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today. You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, 'Through your descendants all the families on earth will be blessed.' When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways."
— Acts 3:22-26 NLT
Jesus' coming was rooted in the curse of the serpent in the creation story (Genesis 3:15) and in God's promises given to the patriarchs, Moses, and the prophets of Israel. Jesus is the promised prophet like Moses. He is the seed of Abraham, God's promise sent to bless ALL the nations of the earth. Notice, however, that Jesus was sent FIRST to the Israelites, who are physical descendants of Abraham. The Good News was preached FIRST to the Jews. This was always God's plan after people had made the world corrupt (the story of Genesis chapters 3-11). God intended Abraham‘s descendants to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). Jesus was sent to his own people, the Jews, and they were given the opportunity to accept him and to be born anew as children of God (John 1:9-13). While some in history have persecuted Jews, who are some of the descendants of Abraham, because their ancestors rejected and killed Jesus, the early church extended grace to those ancestors and invited them to see Jesus as their Messiah. God also wanted those who are not children of Abraham by race to receive his grace, which they accept through faith, as they become his children (Ephesians 2:1-10; Galatians 3:6-7).
Father, we thank you for including us in your story of grace. We recognize that whether we are Jewish by birth or adopted into your family, we are all saved by your grace and our faith in Jesus. We thank you and praise you in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 1:16-17
- Acts 28:17-28
About This Devotional
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
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