How did we treat the root?

Rev. Willem Glashouwer Thursday 26 November 2009 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by email Printer friendly

Christianity is a 2000 year old branch, firmly attached to Jewish roots. Beginning with Abraham and the Patriarchs, the Gentiles are promised God’s blessings if they in turn bless Abraham’s descendants. God chose to graft Gentiles into the root. But how did we treat the root?
“If the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.” Romans 11:16-18, NIV

“The root of Israel is holy, because this people came forth from God’s chosen ones: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. The root now sanctifies the entire tree to God, who, through the voice of Moses, also named Israel a holy people, a people formed by Himself, whom He created for His glory.”
Mr Isaac da Costa, 1880
(cf. Deuteronomy 7:6; Isaiah 43:1,7,21)

Gentiles engrafted into the root
Christianity is a 2000 year old branch, firmly attached to Jewish roots. Beginning with Abraham and the Patriarchs, the Gentiles are promised God’s blessings if they in turn bless Abraham’s descendants. God chose to graft Gentiles into the root.

And what has happened to the engrafted branches from the wild olive tree during these past 2000 years? Has not God worked in the Church with Gentiles – some faithful and devout, others not so faithful nor devout, and even some completely secularized? The Church has always had its orthodox and liberal members (and everything in between) with an invisible and true Church always present, God’s holy remnant. In short, the root supports the one people of God, whom God has travelled with throughout history. Israel and Gentiles in the Church are indivisibly bound to one another. The Church is not about replacement theology!

Israel the root
What does the Bible say about Israel? At one time, “The LORD called [Israel] a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form” (Jeremiah 11:16, NIV). And God also spoke these words, “I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendour will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon” (Hosea 14:5-6, NIV).
After Noah saw the flood begin to recede, he sent out a dove. Scripture says, “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf” (Genesis 8:11, NIV). The olive tree even survived God’s judgment! In the Bible olive oil often symbolizes the Holy Spirit, flowing from olives, but only after they are pressed. Israel is the olive, that sometimes has branches removed and that has wild branches grafted in. Yet the Bible even says about the branches that were removed: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34, NIV).

The sin of Christianity
How did we treat the root, Israel? A historian once wrote that three anti-Jewish strategies have been implemented since the fourth century: forced conversion, banning, and destruction. Christian zealots said, “You have no right to live among us unless you believe in Jesus.” Then secular rulers said, “You have no right to live among us.” Lastly, the Nazis completed this with, “You have no right to live.”
A process that started by driving Jews into Christianity, soon degraded into banning the Jews from Christian society, and ultimately led to mass murder by the Nazis. The Nazis, and those who cooperated with them, simply built upon a foundation laid centuries earlier, and completed a historical process. Unfortunately, the Church did little or nothing. The church remained strangely silent during the “Shoah” (Hebrew for holocaust, means catastrophe). Thank God for a few individual Christians who cared. Only when Christianity confesses its sins of the centuries, can there be any hope for its future.

No growth without the root
We should celebrate two thousand years of Christianity with a deeply felt conviction of guilt concerning our treatment of the Jewish people. If God does not save all the natural branches, He will not save all the engrafted wild branches either … and Gentile Christians may also be cut away. Those who look only to the New Testament, leaving out the Old, are like those trying to build the second floor of a house, without building the first floor. Only when the sap starts flowing from the root again, can the real fruit grow!

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11 Comments to “How did we treat the root?”

  1. Suharto Lourens Katoppo Walangitan says:


  2. Suharto Lourens Katoppo Walangitan says:

    We facing the carachter of sodom and bomorah syndrom, at the church, government institution and social activities.And if we will not they kill you. This synrom like zoomby everywher. Why the root is important to me? Your money, job, family iven your carachter from God will be lost. +++—+++

  3. Janet Wayman says:

    Jesus was born of a Jewish mother, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit. He did not give us the authority to judge or the power to codemn one another. He only asked two things: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and to love one another as you love your selves. These are well documented in the Bible. We, as believers in Christ love our Jewish brothers and sisters because God gave us our Savior through them. We need to be praying for Israel and for forgiveness of our sins, and for the Rapture.
    Maranatha, Lord Jesus!

  4. Ramlisarawak says:

    We live a life with love, to love one another is a key of success, key of happiness, key of peace and we care of each other, we don’t simply retaliate to our enemy, we forgive them and never treat them as enemy even.

    One of the most beauty in believing and trusting the Lord Jesus is to live a life to the fullest with all positive altitute and experience every success with a peaceful mind. Live within the power of our subconscious mind. Our mind does not grow old we a physically and mentally able, life is stimulating and invigorating, reasoning power became even shrper with age.

  5. cristian says:

    JESUSALEN is the revelation of the lord jesus messiah (apocalypse 21)

  6. Cathy says:

    When we (non-Jewish), believed in Yeshua, we were grafted into the olive tree. We are now part of that tree. We are Isrealites. G-d only has one people. We must come together as ONE in HIM!!

    Shalom rav!!

  7. April says:

    Never go against Jesus Christs people or his birthplace bethleham and you do not judge least God judge you love thy neighbor and have peace within your heart have a positive attitude and your life will get better. Nothing is ever accomplished with a bad attitude or people judging people and negative attitudes positive thinking can create happiness in your heart and mind and soul and therefore change the future of the world for the better this would actually create peace on earth amen.

  8. Josh Piaca says:

    We are at the same root from Adam and Eve, when Abraham called by God the Israel is born as a choosen people. The people of Israel is blessed but only PHYSICAL AND MATERIAL no SPIRITUAL blessing yet, the Gentiles people are lost they have root. When Jesus Christ came and He open the Heaven door for all mankind either you are Gentile, Jews, free or slave you are welcome if you believe in Him as your personal Savior and the Son of God. How the Gentiles people become the root of Abraham? Jesus said If you are in Jesus you are Abraham seed meaning we are in the root. Jesus said I am the way…Jesus is adressing to all mankind. So those who believe in Jesus Christ are ISRAELLITES Spiritualy.

  9. Joel Harahap says:

    I humble my self before Lord Jesus, I was save through The Abraham seed,could read The Words Of God every day which written by The Abraham seed, witnessed the fulfillment prophecy of Prophets whom all The Abraham seed, inspired by 12 Apostles acts whom all The Abraham seed. Thank You Abba Father.

  10. Ray says:

    What is or was the problem with ‘christians’.
    When we look at the history from Gods Word by the disciples , the Christians were those who accepted Jesuha, as the fulfilling of JHWH promisses in the Tenach. A Christian from the NT knew and accepted the fact that Jesuha fullfilled all the spring feasts, that Israel was rehearsing for more then 1000 of years. He did that perfect, on the same day and hour and at the very spot the Profets told so.
    By doing that, Jesuha is JHWH in a body, (for JHWH could not die), and in that body, JHWH/Jesuha is the salvation (Messiah = JHWH saves) for all menkind.
    Christians is only the greek translation for Messiah believers, The Hebrew Messiah whom was promised from JHWH, whom was and is the Messiah of the Israel that JHWH created.
    Those Messiah believers (christians) only knew the 5 books of Moses and writings, the Profets and lived by Gods commandments and kalender.
    Paul and all the disciples were telling and practising all what was written in Thora, and everybody who believed those words, Jews and non Jews were for Jews Messiah believers and non Jews, Christians.
    Since all of Gods time and Word has been changed by the so called ‘christian’ Constantijn and the ‘cristian’ Roman church in the year 325 – 350.
    And is since then followed by the so called çhristian world until now, which is the real problem.
    A real christian who believes in the God of the Bible, is a part of Israel, he or she is Israel, and there is no way you have a conflict with the older brother, only if they reject JHWH’s Word.
    The so called christians thought what they knew, was Gods Word, but is in fact the doctrine of men, and from those doctrines they murdered, tortured and banned Jews in the name of there greek jesussen, who isn’t the Hebrew Jesuha.
    God has not made new ‘rules’, or a new people or a new whatever, You are a Christian if you believe in all that is written in Thora and do so what God commends.
    This is not only true for ‘gentiles’ but also for Israel, Paul say’s that the Jewish People have so much more blessings, if they accept Jesuha and see that He is the promissed Messiah. because they have been rehearsing and celebrating his first coming (spring feasts) and second coming (fall feastst) from generation to generation for thousands of years.
    A Christian doesnt follow a church or a doctrine or a tradition, he / she folllows The Way, the truth and the Life which is Jesuha / JHWH and His Thora.
    Sjalom Ray

  11. Bob says:

    Please read the scriptures again. “If some of the ‘Branches were broken of…” A Jewish branch was broken off not a root was pulled up. The seed ‘singular’ is Jesus Christ. The root is Jesus Christ! We are the branches, including Israel. Israel is the name of the ten tribes that were scattered. Israel has rejected Jesus ‘broken off’ and has not been grafted in until God grafts them back in. Read Revelations, it is during that period of tribulation when they turn to Jesus and are grafted back in.

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