Roxie is one of the cows that live on our property. She is very gentle, and I love to pet her, but she has skills that other cows don’t have; she can open a gate. And though that might be good for a cow, it isn’t good for the farmer. One day, I found her outside the fence and had to put her back. We still have a few cars left on the property from the auction in December; we have fence panels around them, so the cows don’t hurt them. Yesterday, I was working in the garden when I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye that didn’t make sense. Somehow Roxie had broken into and was standing next to one of those cars. I’m unsure why because there’s not much grass in there. All I could figure was that she wanted to be on the tarp that had blown off the car. She thought that tarp was something special. I climbed in there with her and backed her out.
We are like Roxie because we are gentiles, and the tarp is like Jesus. God chose the Jewish people, but he drew in the gentiles to become sons and daughters when they rejected him. Lucky for us, God taught us to open the gate, and like Roxie standing on the tarp, we are standing on the promises of God.
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” Romans 10:20-21