MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Is God Done With Israel?

July 31st, 2006 Visited 2215 times, 1 so far today

An interesting discussion was opened up over at Open Up regarding the place Israel had with God, what place it has now and what place it will have in the future.  This topic warrants more research than I could do for a comment over there (hopefully trackbacks will work!) and I didn’t think I could do the topic justice that way.  Why is this important?  Because what God thinks of Israel is important to how we view the nation and what we should think of it.

I Heart BeirutThe covenant relationship that God entered into with Israel began when Abraham left Ur of the Caldeans for a land he did not know.  Once, there, God tested Abraham, and when he passed it, God blessed Abraham saying that Abraham would have seed that could not be numbered, and that through his seed all of the earth would be blessed.

However, the number was not a guarantee.  If you skip ahead to Deuteronomy, you’ll see that there was the possibility for a curse if they did not follow after God. There was a promise in the following verses that if the children of Israel learned from their mistakes that God would restore them to the land.  So, we can conclude from this that God had a purpose, at this time, for having the children of Israel– but you could also say that the Earth was to be blessed because Jesus Christ came as a Jew– therefore the people had to exist until then, but they could be done after then.

And you would be making a good argument.   Since Israel as a nation chose to reject the God of their father’s and instead chose to crucify His Son, and Paul transitioned from teaching the Jews alone to also ministering to the Greeks, that God had decided to have a new chosen people.  Abraham, as you will recall, does mean “father of many nations” and there are many passages in the New Testament where Jesus says that He could raise sons of Abraham from stones, or that there is no difference between slave, free, woman, man, Greek or Jew in Christ– and you’d be right.  Does this mean that God is no longer going to have a special people– the Jews– as His own?

Zechariah 12:10 has an interesting statement: “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”  This passage doesn’t make sense if it is not in reference to the Jewish people when you read it in context.  Yet, when did the Jews collectively look on Jesus and mourn?  Jews to this day look at Jesus as a false Messiah– they don’t believe that they crucified the Messiah, and yet Zechariah talks about a time when they as a people will mourn and regret what they have done.  If you read further in that passage, you see a nationwide revival– for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:3 has this to say:  “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.”  The previous verse mentions that in the last days there shall be a house established in Jerusalem that all nations should flow to it.  The people will refer to God as the God of Jacob– Zion will be his throne.  This hasn’t happened yet– at least to my knowledge– but God will be known as the God of the Jews– of Jacob in particular– and will rule from the ancient capital of Israel.

Lest you say I’m only getting my sources from the Old Testament, Revelation 7:4 speaks of 144,000 Jewish people being sealed by God for protection and power to fulfill the mission God intended for Him– to glorify Him and bring others to Himself.

Is God finished with Israel?  The answer lies in the question of what has happened, what is prophesied to happen, and whether or not you believe the Biblical accounts.  I, for one, do not believe He is done with them.

Comments

4 Comments

RSS
  • Matt K. says on: July 31, 2006 at 10:15 am

     

    Israel will always be God’s favorite no matter what they do to merit or reject it. I would not want to be in a nation that is enemies with God’s people.

  • Jenn says on: July 31, 2006 at 8:51 pm

     

    I think God desires for Israel to return to Him. I don’t think He has turned his back on them or is finished with them in any way. I think the real issue in Israel is that the Jews want to lay claim to land, that God has ordained for others as well. I don’t think God intended Israel to be just for Jews. I believe it was to be called ‘home’ to many. It is sad that so many want peace there, but others only want racial purity in the nation. Everyone bawks at the Jews that were killed during WWII, but the same things have been going on in Israel towards Palestinians for decades. It is sad that many Americans don’t understand the conflict that is going on there. We are only concerned with what the news reporters tell us, therefore we are blinded to the real issues.

  • MInTheGap says on: August 1, 2006 at 9:50 am

     

    I”m not sure I totally understand what you are saying. Are you implying that the Jews only want Jewish people there? As far as I can tell, peaceful people of all stripes have been welcomed into Israel.

    As far as the land, we know from the Bible that God gave the land to the Israelite people, and will set Jerusalem up to be His capital city. Jesus mourned over Jerusalem before going to the cross.

    The Palestinian people aren’t really Palestinian– they are Jordanian, Egytian and Syrian. Their home countries refuse to take them after the land was given to Israel in 1948 and have been pawns for the continued attempts to overthrow the Israeli government.

    One can feel sorry for them, but it really is a product of the friction that exists between Arabs and Jews.

  • StandInTheGap says on: December 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

     

    You are all wrong. Israel became a protected people and nation to preserve the Word of God and prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. That mission is over. The Jewish people failed to protect the Word by loosing the scriptures (read Maccabees). They did re-build the temple and the nation for Jesus but then rejected him. The instructions given in the Gospels of Jesus Christ (New Testament) are to preach to all people. Nationalism is not a concept of God and neither is racism. God wants ALL people to come to Him through Jesus Christ and all of the attempts to fit prophecy into favoritism towards any modern nation or people is incorect. It is time to give up on these concepts of whether or not to defend a nation or a people because someone wants to think they are God’s favorites. Be it Israel or the U.S. or any other country, nationalism is not a part of this.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

%d bloggers like this: