ADOPTION- OUR STARTING POINT

God’s opening line during His first conversation with Moses on top of Mount Sinai was, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and BROUGHT YOU TO MYSELF…” Exodus 19:4. (Emphasis added).

Barely out of Egypt, the supernatural drama of the Exodus, the miraculous escape and the epic destruction of Pharaoh’s army are still fresh in the minds and conversations of the sons of Israel. Instead of being driven by oppression and terrorized by the taskmasters’ whips, a pillar of fire and of cloud, God’s presence, now leads them forward.

It is time to start shedding off the slave mentality and pick up the sonship. Israel is about to become God’s nation, a brand new prophetic community never before existing on earth, and it all started with firming up their legal status when God’s voice thundered from heaven, saying, “I brought you to myself.” The Lord was building on His already established provision of “redeeming” Israel from Egypt when He “bought” them with a price and gained lawful ownership of them from their Egyptian masters.

The four cups we drink during the Passover Celebration Meal recall the four great provisions God supplied when it was time to bring His people out of bondage and into their divine purpose. As God commanded Moses, “… say to the children of Israel: I am the LORD; I will BRING you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will RESCUE you from their bondage, and I will REDEEM you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as MY PEOPLE, and I will be your God.” (Exodus 6:6-7. Emphasis added).

Physical rescue, changed location, circumstances, and a brand new legal status (being redeemed for a price) were necessary before God could declare, “You are mine!” From that time forward, Israel shares in the obligations and privileges of belonging to our great new parent, God our Heavenly Father, and it all started with adoption. Adoption is foundational for humanity’s relationship with the Almighty, whether Israel or the elect from the nations who are grafted in, becoming joint heirs through spiritual re-birth (Ephesians 3:6).

Adoption was Israel’s first experience as a new nation. The people now belonged to someone; a Great and Awesome someone; the Creator Himself. The Apostle Paul recognized this foundational position when he wept for the people of Israel thousands of years later, crying out, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Messiah for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the ADOPTION, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises…” Romans 9:3-4. (Emphasis added).

This principle of adoption is not only foundational in Israel’s relationship with God, but is applicable for all His children from all nations. Writing to the Ephesian disciples Paul said, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to ADOPTION as sons by Jesus the Messiah to Himself…” Ephesians 1:4-5. (Emphasis added). All God’s children are adopted, and the spiritual re-birth Jesus provided is the doorway into this new and privileged status.

Join us in Israel to better learn how we all fit in God’s Olive Tree; Jew, Gentile, male and female. We are all adopted by our Great Father, given a new name, a new spiritual DNA, and a brand new life in the Messiah.

Shalom from Jerusalem,
Samuel Smadja