Twice Bought

God paid twice for Israel once when He chose them through Abraham and again at their redemption. Yeshua came to save Israel and they rejected Him. He will come again to save them from total annihilation by the nations. He paid for Israel twice. This is illustrated for us in Jacob’s purchase of Rachael for his wife. He worked seven years, but got instead her older sister, Leah, then he worked again for seven more years. Leah represents the larger gentile believers whom God acquired in Israel’s temporary loss. She had many sons, whereas Racheal only had two.

There are many similarities including the jealousy between the two and mistreatment among their sons. The Jewish and Gentile believers have not always been loving toward each other. Also, Ephraim and Manassas, Joseph’s sons reflect the Gentile presence among the tribes of Israel, but all believers are children of God in Yeshua.

Another example is Ruth, a Gentile who was married to the son of Naomi a Jew. When both Naomi’s sons died, Ruth refused to leave her, saying, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) She finds a second redemption through Boaz who takes her for his wife. Later, she has a son, Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David, so that she, though a Gentile, is in the line of Yeshua Messiah.

The final and best illustration is of Creator God who made mankind in his own image to be in fellowship with Himself. When man falls through disobedience, God purchases mankind back at the price of His only son, Yeshua Messiah. As scripture says, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9) Moreover, God has bought us back for his possession, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10) When we consider the multiple grace of God’s love for us we should rest not only in His love, but His care as well. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

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