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Israel – A Living Witness to the Outworking of God’s Purpose in the Earth
Has God cast away Israel? Definitely not! Rom 11:1. They are His people, their continuance is assured, Jer 31:35-37.
Israel is a witness to the purpose of God in the earth, a witness to His righteousness Isa 43-44, in both the outworking of the blessings and the cursings of the law, Deut 27-28.
History shows the sad truth of these prophetic words of cursing, which have been fulfilled so accurately: They would have agricultural, domestic and public calamities while residing in the Land of their inheritance Deut 28:5-24, the ten tribes would be scattered into all the kingdoms of the earth Deut 28:25-35, the two tribes would be taken into Babylon with their king Deut 28:36, they would be restored from the Babylonian captivity, they would be subject to the Gentiles Deut 28:37-47, and then be subjected to the Roman conquest Deut 28:48-52, they would see the siege and destruction of their holy city and temple by the Romans Deut 28:53-57, and as an outcome be the wandering Jew in dispersion, Deut 28:64-68.
Israel is like the burning bush that Moses saw which burned but was not destroyed. God assures them When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee, Isa 43:2.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you (Israel) saith Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future full of hope, Jer 30:11.
God has made promises to them that He will never break: To Abraham their father God promised, that in him all families of the earth shall be blessed, Gen 12:3 – Paul calls this the gospel message, Gal 3:8.
God favours the nation of Israel because of His delight and promises He made with their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Deut 10:15. Israel are beloved for the fathers’ sake that the purpose of God according to election might stand, Rom 9.
So God has a wonderful future predicted for His people, although cast off for a time Isa 54:7, to give the Gentiles an opportunity to learn of the hope of the promises made to the fathers Rom 11:11-24, Israel would be returned to favour, Rom 11:25-32.
Today we are seeing the resurrection of the dry bones, Ezek 37, a symbol of the restoration of the whole house of Israel Ezek 37:11 as an amazing witness to God that they would again be placed in their own land Ezek 37:13-14 and ultimately established with an everlasting king, the Lord Jesus Christ (David, Heb. the beloved) v24-28, when God will make an everlasting covenant with them and they will really become God’s people again, Jer 31:31-34.
Israel again in their own land (as the fig tree Luke 21:29-31) is a sign firstly that the times of the Gentiles domination of the Holy Land is at an end Luke 21:24, and that the Jesus the Messiah is about to return to set up God’s Kingdom on this earth Luke 21:27-28. Israel then is a dynamic and certain sign both that God is active, and there is a future both satisfying and honourable about to dramatically change our daily routines. The very presence of Israel as a location and a nation is important not only to the Jew, but also to you and me.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more Jeremiah 31:31-34.