Subject: Has God Abandoned Israel?
When the God of Israel, Whose Name
is Jealous, brought His people out of Egypt there also came those who were not of the Israelites by heritage; note the
way God gives His name in Exodus 34:14: "For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose Name is Jealous,
is a jealous God." Those who were not of the children of Israel are found in Exodus 12:38: "A mix multitude
went up with them also, and flocks and herds-a great deal of livestock."
The Creator of all
things seen and unseen, Almighty God Whose Name Is Jealous, chose to have a relationship with mankind and all His
creation; the reason for His choosing Jacob and then separating Jacob and his children for Himself, was
for Jacob and his descendants, to be the bearer of His Word and the keepers of His Book which is the Bible:
hence, the Word from God!
God chose a specific people to communicate His will and desires
too for all mankind. Only the Creator can specify what is morally right or wrong. Jacob's name was changed to Israel
to show the relationship God would have with him and his descendants forever: read Gen. 32:27-28. This relationship was
started before Jacob with Jacob's grandfather, Abraham. God showed Abram, before He changed his name to Abraham, a vision
concerning his posterity; and after the vision here is what took place:"On the same day the Lord made a covenant with
Abram, saying: 'To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates...'"(Gen.
The LORD is not willing that anyone should be lost for the Scripture says because
of God's mercy: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2nd Pet. 3:9) From His mercy God makes
away for all men to be saved through His Love for mankind and His creation. Therefore, the mixed multitude
which came out of Egypt with Israel could be accounted as if they were God's people if the submitted to accepting
Israel's God as their God and submitted to the provisions of worship God established for all who would serve Him. God
sets the standard of how to worship Him, not man.
"And the Lord said to Moses
and Aaron, 'This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it. But every man's servant who is bought for
money when you have circumcised him, then he may eat it....And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the
Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be
as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. One law shall be for the native-born and for
the stranger who dwells among you.'" (Ex. 12:43;48-49) One standard for all who desires a relationship with the Lord;
the mix multitude were Gentiles.
The principle of worship to the Eternal and becoming a part of
His covenant people is also contained in the Apostolic Scriptures; the account of the continuation of Gentiles being brought
into the Jewish congregation is given in the Acts of the Apostles. The gospel is taken to the Gentiles beginning in chapter
10. The apostle Peter is given a symbolic vision (God is not reversing any dietary laws) on God's expansion
of His gospel of His kingdom to the Gentiles. God is not excluding the covenant made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He
is only making the covenant an umbrella for all mankind, Jew and Gentile!
It is manifestly evident,
according to Scripture, that the Jew and Gentile are to have the right to eternal life by the sacrifice of Yeshua/Jesus.
- Take note: "Behold my servant whom I uphold; My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put my Spirit
upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice
to be heard in the street. A bruise reed He will not break, and the smoking flax He will not quench: He shall bring
forth jutice for truth; He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth:
and the costlands shall wait for His law. Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens, and stretched
them out; Who spread forth the earth, and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and
spirit to those that walk on it: I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep
you, and give you as covenant of the people, as a light to the Gentiles;" (Isa. 42:1-6) - The Lord is
here securing unto Himself the Gentile nations!
There is a doctrine, Replacement theology,
which teaches that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has no further use for Israel and that His plan will be fulfilled
through the Church; do the Scriptures given above give any hint that God has removed His people Israel as being the apple
of His Eye? I don't think so: certainly not! The Lord has made an irrevocable covenant with the "apple of His Eye."
It is confirmed by Almighty God in this passage of Scripture: "Thus say the Lord, which gives the sun for a light by
day and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar;
the Lord of Hosts is His Name: if those ordinances depart from before Me says the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall
cease from being a nation before Me for ever. Thus says the Lord; if heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of
the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord."
(Jer. 31:35-37) Israel rests in God's Eternal Word eternally says Jeremiah!
There are false claims
being made by the Church and the introductrion of lifestyles and doctrines which do not measure up to the word of God. We
are living in a time that Christ prophesied about as being the "end of the age." The signs are unfolding
daily and the world is ripe for judgment. Take this advise given in Scripture to stay in fellowship with Christ the Savior:
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive
of her plagues.'" (Rev. 18:4) This is God's clarion call for His people to come out of a false religious system.
Will you obey?
Until the next time, in His service,
James A Chisolm