5.17.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 105. Faith…again.

Continuing the thought from yesterday, Matthew 8:12 says this, “but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”

This completes a sentence begun in the previous verse (Matthew 8:11). Responding to the Roman officer’s faith in Him, Jesus has said that many Gentiles will share a table in the kingdom of heaven with Israel’s patriarchs. Now He adds that the “sons of the kingdom” will not be there, cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The phrase “sons of the kingdom” was a Jewish term for the nation of Israel. Jesus is teaching that simply being born into the nation of Israel will not guarantee someone a place in heaven, as was commonly thought among the Jewish people (Galatians 3:7–9). Instead, Jesus is emphasizing that faith in Him—faith like that of the Roman centurion—will be the deciding factor about who is allowed into the kingdom (Galatians 3:28–29).

Jesus is not saying all Jewish people will be excluded from heaven. After all, the patriarchs will be there. Many Jewish people will come to put their faith in Jesus. His point is simply that citizenship in Israel will not provide anyone a place at the table.

Jesus goes even further. Those not allowed into the kingdom of heaven will be thrown out into a place of darkness and misery. “Weeping and gnashing of teeth” is language Jesus uses regularly to describe the suffering in hell (Matthew 13:42; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30).

Weeping and gnashing of teeth. No thanks….

I actually didn’t realize that the assumption was heaven if you were born into the nation of Israel. Interesting point here.

Again, we’re discussing faith a lot here. And once again, this verse drives home the point that faith is what Jesus is looking for. Faith in Him in and around and through it all. Faith in Jesus.

5 Comments

  1. Margaret K on May 17, 2021 at 1:25 am

    I have Jewish relatives and while talking about Jesus to them, I have had them tell me that they were going to heaven because they are Jewish. There are indeed many who believe that being a descendant of Abraham is all that is needed to get into heaven.
    We need to pray for Israel and Jewish people around the world; that they would recognize that Jesus is their promised Messiah, and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

  2. Bruce B on May 17, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Sometimes, it’s frightening enough to deal with darkness in the natural. Who would want to deal with darkness for eternity?

  3. Rich Billington on May 17, 2021 at 7:53 am

    The devil has deceived many into thinking that their heritage, their religion and/or their good works grant them eternal life in heaven. They fail to seek and understand the truth. John 14:6 Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In this same chapter Jesus talks about going to prepare a place for His disciples. In His Fathers house are many mansions…why would someone who doesn’t know God, who may deny God, think they’ll be welcomed into His house when they physically die? Fortunately no one is rooted in their unrighteousness. Pray for family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who don’t know the Lord. It is His will that all should come to repentance. May He have mercy on them & give them the measure of faith to believe.

    • Dave Pettigrew on May 19, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Rich. Prayers up today.

  4. Peggy F on May 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

    all of us motley crew of misfits, all the who-so-evers ..” .we ” all , Come to the table”!!!!!!, Praise You Jesus, ;thank You Father, for giving us the faith we have!I Its all by grace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah!! Amen!!!!!!

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