In response to the recent posts on the land promises to Israel, Expository Thoughts reader Joe asked: “Did the leaders and teachers of Israel look for a literal fulfillment in the flesh concerning a fleshly, earthly restoration of the national government of Israel? Did Jesus oblige them?” To which Hip and Thigh blogger Fred Butler responded:
The apostles certainly did. In Acts 1:6,7, they specifically asked Jesus, “Lord, will you at this time RESTORE the kingdom to Israel?” Note what Jesus stated, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” This would had been the perfect opportunity to correct their “fleshly” inclinations about the Kingdom when in fact it was suppose to be only spiritual, but Jesus doesn’t. He says it is for the Father to know the time and the seasons of such things.
Well said. For more on Acts 1:6-7 and the restoration of Israel, see here. By the way, if you don’t read Fred’s blog, you really ought to. I’ve often thought that he has nailed the genre of blogging in a way that few others have been able to.