April 14, 2008 – Luke – Part One of God’s Promises FulfilledThe Gospel of Luke is the first part of a two-volume work that continues the biblical history of God’s dealings with humanity found in the New Testament, showing how God’s promises to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus and how the salvation promised to Israel and accomplished by Jesus has been extended to the Gentiles. (NAB Introduction to Luke)We need to trust God more.The early Christians were chastised by the Jews for taking a salvation message to the Gentiles – peoples they did not see as worthy of a relationship with God. But the New Testament, The Word of God, Jesus lived constantly among them, all the while maintaining his Jewish traditions and habits, all the while obeying God.
In Acts, part two of God’s Promises Fulfilled, we see the care that God takes with his fledging church as he ushers her through her first conflict as we reflected in yesterday’s Noontime. Paul, when the Jews reject the story of Jesus, takes his news to the Gentiles – because this is the ultimate fulfillment of the promises whispered to Eve and to Adam at the beginning of time.
When we are called to minister to the “Gentiles” among us, we need to trust God more . . . and let His Word reside where it must reside. I think God can handle any problems that come his way.