And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ~ Matthew 8:11-12
Ok – so what do you make of this?
This is where I am in my stroll through Galilee with Jesus and He blurts this beauty out there. Just happened to come on a Friday, so I thought – hey let’s get some chatter going on this one.
So in context He is talking to the Roman Centurion we have been talking about for a few days, and who demonstrated great faith that caught Jesus’ attention.
Perhaps He is simply putting this out there for the Pharisee’s in the following masses. He makes the point that He has not found this kind of faith or understanding of His authority in those of Israel’s race.
John brings light to this in the opening of his wonderful account of Jesus’ life, when He says
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:11-12
So is that it? Or does this run deeper?
Clearly it is not an indictment of all Israel since these that come from the East and West are reclining with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
What do you think?
Tell me your take on these strong word from the Word Made Flesh.