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“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people”

“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people”

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
“[H]e [Apollos] powerfully refuted the [unbelieving] Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.” (Acts 18:28)

Image - St. Paul Preaching to the Jews in the Synagogue at Damascus

This writer’s hope and belief – “I believe in the risen Christ – the Son of the living God – who is the living savior of all humankind. I believe that this good news of our salvation, which comes to us only through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, is for both Jew and Gentile. I believe that anyone who hears and willfully rejects this great offer of salvation, who willfully refuses to turn away from doing evil, and who willfully refuses to do good works, is forever and rightfully damned to receive the eternal punishment of almighty God, because I believe what Jesus, in the Gospels, has said. My hope is that all – both Jew and Gentile – will repent of (turn away from) their evil deeds (sins), believe in the resurrected Christ (have faith), and begin doing good for all peoples everywhere (good deeds) so that all might be saved and so that none should ever be damned. This is the only way we, together, can do God’s will, which is to love one another, as a human community on earth, just as his will is being done by the community of angels and saints who are in heaven.” ~ A. J. MacDonald, Jr.
“[H]e [Apollos] powerfully refuted the [unbelieving] Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.” (Acts 18:28)

Image - St. Paul Preaching to the Jews in the Synagogue at Damascus

This writer’s hope and belief – “I believe in the risen Christ – the Son of the living God – who is the living savior of all humankind. I believe that this good news of our salvation, which comes to us only through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, is for both Jew and Gentile. I believe that anyone who hears and willfully rejects this great offer of salvation, who willfully refuses to turn away from doing evil, and who willfully refuses to do good works, is forever and rightfully damned to receive the eternal punishment of almighty God, because I believe what Jesus, in the Gospels, has said. My hope is that all – both Jew and Gentile – will repent of (turn away from) their evil deeds (sins), believe in the resurrected Christ (have faith), and begin doing good for all peoples everywhere (good deeds) so that all might be saved and so that none should ever be damned. This is the only way we, together, can do God’s will, which is to love one another, as a human community on earth, just as his will is being done by the community of angels and saints who are in heaven.” ~ A. J. MacDonald, Jr.

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“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people”
“[H]e [Apollos] powerfully refuted the [unbelieving] Jews in public, showing b y the Script ures that the Christ was Je sus.” 
(Acts 18:28)Image - St. Paul Preaching to the Jews in theSynagogue at DamascusThis writer
ʼ
s hopeandbelief – “I believe in the risenChrist – the Son of the living God – who is the livingsavior of all humankind. I believe that this goodnews of our salvation, which comes to us onlythrough Jesus Christ our risen Lord, is for both Jewand Gentile. I believe that anyone who hears andwillfully rejects this great offer of salvation, whowillfully refuses to turn away from doing evil, andwho willfully refuses to do good works, is foreverand rightfully damned to receive the eternalpunishment of almighty God, because I believewhat Jesus, in the Gospels, has said. My hope isthat all – both Jew and Gentile – will repent of (turn away from) their evil deeds (sins),believe in the resurrected Christ (have faith), and begin doing good for all peopleseverywhere (good deeds) so that all might be saved and so that none should ever bedamned. This is the only way we, together, can do God
ʼ
s will, which is to love oneanother, as a human community on earth, just as his will is being done by thecommunity of angels and saints who are in heaven.” ~ A. J. MacDonald, Jr.“It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the [unbelieving] Jews shouldnot be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy scripture.Consequently, all must take care, lest in catechizing or in preaching the word of God,they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or thespirit of Christ.”
Declaration on the Revelation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions: Nostra Aetate 
; proclaimed by his holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965 (emphasisadded)"The
 
Jews
 
as a nation were rejected because of their
 
sins, and were to have no part inthe
 
Kingdom of Heaven. This rejection had been several times predicted bythe
 
prophets, and St. Matthew shows that it was because of its incredulitythat
 
Israel
 
was excluded from the Kingdom, he dwells on all the events in which theincreasing obduracy of the Jewish nation is conspicuous, manifested first in the princesand then in the
 
hatred
 
of the people who beseech
 
Pilate
 
to put
 
Jesus
 
to death. Thus theJewish nation itself was accountable for its exclusion from the
 
Messianickingdom."
 
Catholic Encyclopedia 
 
“As regards the gospel,
they
[unbelieving Jews]
are enemies of God
for your sake[Gentiles]. But as regards election,
they
[unbelieving Jews]
are beloved for the sakeof their forefathers
. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you[Gentiles] were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy
becauseof their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by themercy shown to you they
[unbelieving Jews]
also may now receive mercy
. For
Godhas consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all
.” (Romans11:28-32; emphasis added)
For all who rely on works of the law
[Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism]
are under acurse
; for it is written,
“Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all thingswritten in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
(Galatians 3:10)
“If anyone
[Jew or Gentile]
has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.”
(1Corinthians 16:22)“Jesus answered them [Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism], “Truly, truly, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin
. The slave does not remain in the houseforever; the son remains forever. So
if the Son sets you free, you will be free
indeed.I know that
you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me
because my wordfinds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and
you do whatyou have heard from your father
[the devil].” (John 8:34-38; see also: 8:39-47)“The Son of Man [Jesus] must suffer many things and
be
 
rejected by the elders andchief priests and scribes
[national Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism],
and be killed
,and on the third day
be raised
.” (Luke 9:22)
What will the owner
[God]
of the vineyard do?
 
He will come and
 
destroy thetenants
[Israel, unbelieving Jews, and Judaism]
and
 
give the vineyard to others
 [believing Gentiles or:
Christians 
].” (Mark 12:9)“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the city that kills the prophets and stones those who aresent to it!
How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers herbrood under her wings,
and you would not!
 
See, your house is left to youdesolate
.” (Matthew 23:37-38)“Moses said,
ʻ
The Lord
God will raise up for you a prophet
like me
from yourbrothers
. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that
every soulwho does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people
.
ʼ
” (Acts3:22-23)
When they
[unbelieving Jews]
heard this, they were enraged and wanted to killthem
. (Acts 5:33)
The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you
[Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism]
 killed by hanging him on a tree
. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and
 
Savior,
to give repentance to Israel
[Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism] and
forgiveness of sins
.” (Acts 5:30-31)
You stiff-necked people
[Israel, unbelieving Jews, Judaism], uncircumcised in heartand ears,
you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you
. Whichof the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announcedbeforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you [unbelieving Jews] have now
betrayed and murdered
, you who received
the law
as delivered by angels and
did notkeep it
.” (Acts 7:51-53)
“[T]he
[unbelieving]
Jews plotted to kill him
[Paul]
(Acts 9:23)“And the
believers from among the circumcised
[believing Jews or:
Christians 
] whohad come with Peter
were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was pouredout even on the Gentiles
. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues andextolling God. (Acts 10:45-46)
“And they
[believing Jews, or:
Christians 
]
glorified God, saying, “Then to theGentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
(Acts 11:18)“Let it be known to
you therefore, brothers [unbelieving Jews]
, that through this man[Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you [unbelieving Jews], and by himeveryone [Jews and Gentiles] who believes is freed from everything from
which youcould not be freed by the law of Moses
.
Beware
, therefore,
lest what is said in theProphets should come about
: “Look, you
scoffers
, be astounded and perish; for I amdoing a work in your days, a work that
you will not believe, even if one tells it to you
.As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the nextSabbath. And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up,
many Jews and devoutconverts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas
[became Christians]
, who, asthey spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God
.
ʼ
” (Acts13:38-43)“But
when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
and began tocontradict what was spoken by Paul,
reviling him
. And Paul and Barnabas spoke outboldly, saying,
It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Sinceyou thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we areturning to the Gentiles
. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “
ʻ
I have madeyou a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth
.
ʼ
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of theLord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life
believed
. And the word of the Lordwas spreading throughout the whole region. But
the
[unbelieving]
Jews incited
thedevout women of high standing and the leading men of the city,
stirred up persecution
 against Paul and Barnabas, and
drove them out
of their district.” (Acts 13:44-50)“Now at Iconium they [Christians] entered together into
the Jewish synagogue
andspoke in such a way that
a great number of both Jews and Greeks
[Gentiles]
 

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