The Bible is unwavering in explaining to us:
- Who our powerful God is.
- His steadfast promises.
- His history of love, provision, mercy, calling, forgiveness, and much much more.
- Insight to our future.
- And also reveals to us God’s favored from the beginning – His chosen people.
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 14:2 Israel was selected as the nation of God: to deliver the message of salvation to all the peoples.
for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
And this nation would be conceived through Abraham, a ninety-nine year old wealthy livestock owner. God promised Abraham (and God always keeps His promises – Numbers 23:19 Joshua 23:14 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 ) that this new nation born through Abraham would be blessed.
Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
God started the nation of Israel for 3 worldly reasons:
- To live their lives according to God’s law as an example to the world.
- To share all that God is with the world.
- To prepare the way of Christ for the world.
God graciously showered His goodness and love onto Israel.
Genesis 17:7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
If God tells us He is everlasting, that means His covenant of “[I will] be your God and the God of your descendants” shall never end with Israel. He will always remain their God though at this time Jewish religion still has not carried out their role for being chosen.
They do not recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Son of God, the Son of man. Thus they are not sharing all that God is nor preparing the way of Christ for the world. But the day will come when God sends the Holy Spirit upon Israel, and all who don’t believe, and there will be an awakening. They will see the face of Jesus Christ whom they pierced, and grieve.
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
On that day God’s treasured possession will fully understand that Jesus is the Son of God.
Christianity was birthed in Israel. Jesus descends from the Jewish line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Which included Jesse, David and Solomon. Ending with both Joseph and Mary, then Jesus. In all there are 42 Jewish generations from Abraham to Jesus.
Our Bible is written with Jewish authors. The first five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are historically agreed upon to be written through God’s prophet, Moses.
The United States of America officially stood with Israel when in 1948 President Harry Truman helped persuade the United Nations to recognize Israel as a nation. A true offering of support which America needs to continue to uphold.
Israel’s role of delivering our savior emerged perfectly, but they fall short of fulfilling God’s desire for them. Thankfully, the Bible tells us Israel is still in God’s plan. Jesus will reign in Jerusalem Luke 1:32-33 for 1,000 years Revelation 20:1-3 so that God can finish fulfilling promises made to the world and to Israel.