Posted by: SandreS | May 14, 2010

Israel’s Day of Mourning

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Him Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn … And one shall say to Him, “What are these wounds in Your hands?” Then He shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends” (Zechariah 12:10; 13:6).

God took Israel on a national journey of folly that led to the rejection of their Messiah. In unbelief they had upon their hands the blood of the Son of God. Listen to the indictment placed upon them.

His Own [Israel] received Him not (John 1:11).

We [Israel] will not have this man [Christ] to reign over us (Luke 19:14).

His [Christ’s] blood be on us, and on our children (Matthew 27:25).

By wicked hands have crucified and slain [Him] (Acts 2:23).

Not only did Israel reject their Messiah unto death, but in the book of Acts they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame (Hebrews 6:6). However, this rejection could never change God’s earthly purpose.

For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (Romans 3:3).

Even in Israel’s unbelief and rejection they did the will of God.

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain (Acts 2:23).

Israel’s blindness of unbelief has a duration which only finds its end in the fullness of the Gentiles. Then God will lift their sightless condition and “all Israel shall be saved.” Make no mistake about it: God is not done with Israel.

For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, ‘There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob’ (Romans 11:25, 26).

Israel’s Future Repentance

Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they [Israel] also which pierced Him: and all kindred of the earth shall mourn because of Him (Revelation 1:7).

This passage, along with that of Zechariah listed earlier, shows us that Israel will be brought to a place of national mourning. This will not just be a portion of Israel, but “all Israel.” Notice in chapter twelve Zechariah’s prophecy the various classes within Israel that are mentioned:

The Royal Lineage – represented by the house of David (:12).

The Prophets – represented by the house of Nathan (:12).

The Priesthood – represented by the house of Levi (:13).

The Scribes – represented by the house of Shimei (:13).

Israel’s mourning will be personal and intense.

Personal – notice that the word “apart” (“alone”CLT) is used eleven times in three verses (:12-14).

Intense – notice that this “great mourning” (:11) is “as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (:10.)

Israel’s mourning is a result of the work of God’s “spirit of grace” (:10) when looking upon Christ. We can see a type of this with their Apostle Peter when, after he had betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ, he wept bitterly (Luke 22:54-62).

God is not done with Israel. Although they are blind, one day God will give them the spirit of grace and restore them to His earthly purpose.

In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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