See, my family's heritage on my mom's side is Jewish. She grew up Jewish by faith (and heritage), but became a Christian as a teen. But her dad (my grandpa) and several family members are Jewish by faith.
I struggle with this. We read in the Bible about Jews being "The Chosen People", but then Jesus comes and gives us a new covenant.
I'm still working through some of the theological issues (through emails with my sweet friend Cristi, reading, talking with teachers, prayer)...but I got some gems while reading through Hosea.
In this book, Hosea is prophesying about Israel's future. They had turned from God and He was going to pour out His judgement.
But at the end, God takes a turn.
"My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again." (Hosea 11:9)
He decides to be compassionate and gracious.
He did this for the entire nation of Israel, in spite of their great sins against Him.
Hosea 12:6 says "But you must return to your God;maintain love and justice,and wait for your God always."
PRAISE THE LORD that he allows us to return to Him. He is always there waiting with compassion and grace and love...but we have to turn to Him.
You are never too far gone. I am never too far gone. Yes, God does have anger and judgement...but he also has great love.
I'm thankful to have the lineage of the chosen people, but to also know the compassion and grace of Jesus.
You can know that compassion too. I would love to share with you more about what I've been reading. Just hit me up. :)