The Gentile Exceptions from Abraham to Stephen
For the first 2000 years of Biblical History, God dealt with all mankind and all mankind spoke one language.
After the call of Abraham (Nehemiah 9:7) around 2000 BC, God does something completely different and chooses one man and starts a new race of people for Himself, the Jews.
For the next 2000 years, God reveals Himself only to Jews, His Chosen People (Deuteronomy 7:6-9), through covenants and Jewish prophets. In Genesis 12 God makes Abraham a promise that through him would all the families of the earth be blessed. That, of course, is a reference to Jesus Christ the Son of God. Genesis 12:1-4
From the time God called Abraham and started a new race of people for Himself the Jews. Right up through the four gospels through the early chapters in the book of Acts, God deals only with Israel. The entire theme of the Old Testament from Genesis 12 through the early chapters in Acts is; “Israel’s King is Coming and He will Rule on Earth from Zion in Jerusalem”. (Zechariah 14:9) Gentiles were always on God’s mind for salvation but Gentile salvation was to come through Israel. Isaiah 60:1-3
9 Gentiles Saved in 2000 Years
From the time God called Abraham in Genesis 12 up through the book of Acts in chapter 9 (Acts 9:15), the Biblical record indicates only 9 Gentiles were saved.
- Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law (Exodus 18.1).
- Ruth. (Ruth 1:16-18)
- Rahab a pagan Gentile woman had faith. She believed God. (Joshua 2.8-24)
- Naaman the Syrian General. (2 Kings 5:15 & 17)
- Darius / Cyrus. Darius was the Persian King that defeated Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar (the one who witnessed the disembodied handwriting on the wall) ruled Babylon. (Daniel 6:25-27)
- Nebuchadnezzar. Ruler of the Babylon Empire. (Daniel 4:34-37)
- Jonah and the Ninevites. Jonah 3:5,7,9,10
- The Roman Centurion. [New Testament] (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10)
- The Canaanite Woman [New Testament] (Matthew 15:21-28)
Thank God for His Grace
Thank God for this time of grace specifically the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24) Where Jew or Gentile, man or woman makes no difference to God. The whole world has been already reconciled to God through His Son Jesus Christ. Since the call of the apostle Paul in Acts 9, 2000 years ago the whole world has access to God by believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/7LSdEo3O3Ic
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