Homily One on the Theophany of the Lord (St. Luke of Simferopol)

All of you understand that the folks of Israel had been the chosen folks of God, however not everybody is aware of that this folks in Holy Scripture is known as the folks with necks unbending as iron and foreheads as exhausting as bronze.The brass-foreheaded folks took the ardent calls of the good prophets for the correction of their methods and the good predictions about their Savior and the Messiah very exhausting and didn’t take heed to them. They held their proud head excessive and didn’t bend their iron neck in repentance and humility.

The Son of God Himself descended to earth and incarnated in humble human nature. From His mouth the stiff-necked folks of Israel heard the Divine message and the revelation of the mysteries of God; they noticed a lot of His miracles.

But even this didn’t enlighten them, and the Son of God was insulted and persecuted, hated, greater than as soon as they wished to stone Him, and, lastly, they killed Him, having crucified Him on the cross.

All this I inform you not from myself: it’s written by the Apostle Paul within the 1st chapter of his epistle to the Hebrews: “God, who at numerous instances and in numerous methods spoke in time previous to the fathers by the prophets, has in these final days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed inheritor of all issues, via whom additionally He made the worlds” (Heb. 1:1-2).

What is the which means of those final phrases of the apostle, “via whom additionally He made the worlds”? This signifies that the Son of God was the direct Creator of the whole lot that exists within the ages, i.e. in time. This is the popularity of the Lord Jesus Christ by God Almighty.

However, the Holy Trinity knew that even the stiff-necked folks wouldn’t take heed to the Son of God, and subsequently, to all of the testimonies of the prophets, to all of the phrases and deeds of the Messiah – Christ, God added one other clear, fairly apparent testimony of His incarnate Son on the good day of Baptism of the Lord Jesus within the Jordan.

The Holy Trinity revealed itself to folks within the voice of God the Father, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m properly happy,” and within the descent within the type of a dove of the Holy Spirit upon the Baptized Son of God. What extra may God add to carry the cussed and rebellious folks to their senses?

But even this didn’t enlighten them, and they didn’t bend their iron necks. And the individuals who didn’t reside as much as their title of God’s chosen folks had been severely punished.

I’ve already advised you concerning the unspeakable horrors of the siege by the Romans and the destruction of Jerusalem for the crucifixion of the Son of God. But even this punishment was inadequate within the sight of God, and the cussed folks had been expelled from Palestine and scattered over the entire face of the earth.

You could also be considering: why did God select this disobedient and stiff-necked folks of Israel as His folks? We don’t dare to reply this query, for God Himself, via the good prophet Isaiah, mentioned: “My ideas will not be your ideas, nor are your methods My methods … But because the sky is larger than the earth, so are My methods larger than your methods, and My ideas larger than your ideas” (Isaiah 55:9).

According to our weak understanding, we are able to solely suppose that the folks of Israel had been chosen by God as a result of from the deepest antiquity they had been the one individuals who honored the One true God, and all different peoples had been impolite pagans.

God knew that even on this stiff-necked folks He would discover nice prophets and righteous folks, the Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, that He would select the holy apostles from them, and the Church of Christ would obtain a starting in God’s chosen folks.

We have no idea something concerning the closing destiny of Israel, however we discover a mysterious prophecy about it within the nice apostle Paul: “For I don’t want, brethren, that you ought to be blind to this thriller, lest you ought to be smart in your personal opinion, that blindness partly has occurred to Israel till the fullness of the Gentiles has are available. And so all Israel can be saved, as it’s written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will flip away ungodliness from Jacob'” (Rom. 11:25-26).

And we, our Russian folks, who’ve rejected their Savior, are we higher than this stiff-necked individuals who haven’t justified their God-chosenness?!

No no! Not higher, however even worse, as a result of the Jews, though they rejected their Savior, nonetheless honor the One True God.

And our folks of their overwhelming majority rejected Christ God, drove Him out, determined to reside with out Him. Well, allow them to reside.

And we, the common-or-garden, we Christians, will reside solely by Christ our God. Amen.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.



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