God isn’t finished with Israel. The Jews have done some very ignorant things throughout history, and they rejected their own messiah! Though some have turned to Christ, the vast majority of Jews still reject Jesus Christ. Despite all of Israel’s failures and short comings, God still loves her and is not finished with her.
There are many who support a false doctrine of replacement or covenant theology. This teaching asserts that God has transferred all the covenants, blessings, and promises from Israel to the church. The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that God has just set Israel aside for a short time, and that they will be brought to the forefront of God’s attention once again. This will happen during the 70th week of Daniel, or more commonly called the tribulation period. During this time, Israel will receive Jesus as their messiah, and tons of Jews will turn to the Lord for salvation.
It never ceases to amaze me that God unconditionally loves His people Israel. When you read about all their treachery and shortcomings, you wonder how God could ever love such a stiff neck and rebellious people.
God describes their unfaithfulness to Him as adultery, and says that Israel played the harlot. Here in Isaiah, God describes writing a bill of divorcement to Israel. His displeasure with them appears to be final, and it seems He is cutting them off forever. But God, in great compassion and love, only intended to refine and make Israel better for Him.
The reality is that God loves Israel, and the Jews are still God’s people. I am thankful that I get to be a “strange vine grafted into” the family of God, but God has not disowned Israel. One day He will deal with His people once again.
Already much of the prophecies concern Israel have come to pass, such as them returning to their land, and returning to the shekel as the medium of exchange. There is still prophecy left to be fulfilled with Israel, but that does not mean that God does not care about His people or the land.
We would be wise to be a friend to Israel. God smiles favorably upon those who support His people, and judges those who would try to persecute and eradicate them (just look at history).
What does this mean for us? I’m glad you asked. Just as God loves Israel… He cares and loves us. No matter how much we have fallen or sinned, God desires that we would return to Him. He loves us, and died for us, and wants to be everything to you. Wont you turn back to the Lord and love Him more today than you ever have before in your life.
Daily Scripture Reading
“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.”