Jottings – Obviously God Is Not Through With The Nation Israel

God is not through with the nation Israel


Commenting on Jeremiah 23:7-8 ~~

 

This is one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Word of God. The oldest religious holiday celebrated today is the Jewish Passover. Regardless of whether the Jew is reformed or orthodox, he remembers the Passover, because it is the celebration of the miraculous deliverance of the Jews out of Egypt. Now God is saying, “The day is coming when I will bring them back into their land that they will forget the deliverance out of Egypt and they will remember this new deliverance which I intend to accomplish.” It will be that tremendous! Obviously God is not through with the nation Israel, my friend.

 

McGee, J. Vernon. Thru the Bible Commentary: The Prophets (Jeremiah/Lamentations). electronic ed. Vol. 24. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991. Print.

 

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #18]

This week last year I’ll Have Another won the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.

 

During the 18th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

  • In Entry Level Theological Truth [23] brother Keith Keyser explores Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman,’Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’” Genesis 3:1.
  • In Reserved: Now Live it! Crawford Paul encourges us through God’s Word to to live a victorous Christian life by going forward with a strong faith in Christ and in love for all of God’s people.
  • Jottings – Biblical Prophesy Fulfilled is a brief but fascinating look at some interesting comments on prophestic scriptures concerning Israel that were publish almost 100 years ago.
  • In How To Take E-Notes brother Rey Reynoso shares some helpful suggestions regarding electronic notetaking.

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #18 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Audio: Kadesh Barnea

Likewise, when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice. Deuteronomy 9:23 NKJV

There were giants in the land and the children of Israel, cowering in fear, turned back from the blessings of the Promise Land. They believed the ten spy’s majority report, scoffed at the 2 spy’s minority report, and rebelled against the commandment of the Lord not believing or obeying His voice.

What about us? Will we believe God’s Word and move forward into His blessings? Or will we not believe God nor obey His voice?

Recorded: Sunday January 6, 2008 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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Jottings – Biblical Prophesy Fulfilled

Jottings

All the different epochs of the remarkable history of Israel were predicted long before they were reached. Their sojourn in Egypt and servitude, as well as the duration of that period, was announced to Abraham. The Babylonian captivity of 70 years and the return of a remnant to occupy the land once more was announced by the pre-exile prophets, who also predicted a far greater and longer exile, their present world-wide dispersion and a return which up to 1914 has not yet come.1

Fulfilled prophecy is indeed a potent argument for the divine inspiration of the Bible. The above quote, written in 1914 and first published in 1917, clearly alludes to the Biblical prophecy (written thousands of years earlier) that Israel would one day return to the land, yet again.

Some 30+ years after the above quoted article was written and first published the modern day State of Israel came into existence.

1Arno C. Gaebelein. “Fulfilled Prophecy A Potent Argument For The Bible.” The Fundamentals, Vol. II. Ed. R. A. Torrey, A. C. Dixon. Los Angeles: The Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 1917. p. 118.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 18

Road Romans 15:8-33God’s gospel should affect our priorities in living: value the gospel! Romans 15:8-33

What a privilege to see God at work! It really is wonderful how Jesus Christ has been God’s servant to do God’s will. Through Christ God confirmed his promises given to Abraham about Israel. Through Christ God also showed mercy to the Gentiles – us! Through Christ God gets glory in all peoples.

Look! There are people of the nations praising the Lord together! What honor that brings to Christ! What a great work He has done! It is like God said through Isaiah about the Messiah, “In Him shall the nations hope.”

May the God of hope fill up your hearts and lives with every kind of joy and peace! You are God’s special people through God’s gospel! How great to have meaning to our living, and joy in being part of God’s plans! By faith, see these things as reality.

If we are believing in God, we will find great confidence for the present and the

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 9

RoadScripture: Romans 12:1-2

The gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God is over all! Romans chapter 9 – 11

By thinking about Israel, we have seen that God is sovereign. That means that He is over all. This gospel of grace shows that all is of God. It is of His mercy that Gentiles are saved today. It is of His mercy that Israel as a nation will be saved in the future.

We saw that Israel has disobeyed God’s message of righteousness by faith. That is why they have been cast away and blinded. But their fall is not final, because God has made promises that He will fulfill. The nation of Israel as a whole will be restored in the future. And all glory will go to God!

So in chapters 9 to 11 we see that God’s gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God has plans. Things that happen are not random. God is a living God who is at work. God is over history and the future.

A few major effects of God’s gospel should be that we:

  1. Recognize God is above all. Let God be God.
  2. Respond to God’s word. Obey His message!
  3. Realize God has plans for mankind. Know Israel has a future.
  4. Rejoice to be part of God’s plans! Live like a saint.

Israel has a future by God’s mercy, and we are who we are by God’s mercy! By God’s mercy we are part of the Lord’s eternal purposes!

We who believed the gospel have the privilege of now being saints – God’s holy people! This should change my view of who I am!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 8

RoadIn mercy, Israel as a whole nation will be saved in a coming day! Romans 11:25-31

There is something you definitely need to understand. Israel as a nation is blinded right now. But this is not final. In a coming day the whole nation of Israel on earth will be saved. It will happen after God has completed His saving of people from the nations. Then God’s promised gifts to Israel will happen.

God can not lie. He has given promises regarding Israel that did not have any conditions for man to fulfill. These “unconditional” promises were “I will” promises that only depended on God.

So He will fulfill them! It is written in the Old Testament, “The deliverer shall come out of Zion; he shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” God is going to make good on His word, and will bring the nation of Israel to repent for their ungodliness. He has made a covenant with them that He will take away their sins. God is going to send Christ again and Israel will be restored to God and all the promised blessings!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 7

RoadScripture: Romans 11:1-36

Is Israel’s stumbling permanent? No, God will restore them. Romans 11:7-15

So what is the conclusion about Israel’s present state? The nation as a whole has tried to gain righteousness by works. But a few from the nation have gained righteousness by grace. The rest of the stubborn nation has been blinded so they can not see Christ.

Israel has stumbled over Christ like tripping on a rock. So is it God’s plan that they just fall over this stone, never to be restored? No!

They failed to listen to God’s message. But God has used this failure to send salvation to the nations of the world. God has sent His message out to the Gentiles and many are being saved. Israel’s tripping and falling has actually brought great blessing to the world!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 6

RoadIsrael has heard the message, but they have not obeyed it Romans 10:14-21

So if one is saved by calling on the Lord, that means they have to hear the message about Christ. How else could they call on Him to save them? So, maybe Israel has not believed because no one told them the gospel? Has Israel not heard God’s message?

They definitely have heard! God has spoken to them over and over again. But they have not obeyed the message! They refuse to obey God’s gospel.

So, the real problem is that Israel is a disobedient people! The Lord said this in Isaiah. God has reached out to Israel so much, but they have refused to listen! He says, “All the day long I have stretched out my hands unto a disobedient and contrary people.”

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 5

Road5Scripture: Romans 10:1-21

If God in mercy is saving Gentiles, what has happened to Israel? Romans 9:30-33

It is important to understand Israel’s present situation. Like we said, God has not promised to save every person that came from Abraham. But he has made promises to Israel as a nation. How are those promises going to be fulfilled? What has happened to Israel?

Today, people from the Gentile nations are finding righteousness by faith. But Israel as a nation is trying to be righteous by law. They are trying to be righteous by their own ability, rather than by faith in Christ’s work. They have stumbled at Christ like tripping on a stone.

Israel has not believed God’s message about Christ Romans 10:1-13

Oh that Israel would be saved! The problem is that they are trying to be righteous by their own ability. Instead they should accept the righteousness God freely offers through faith in what Christ has done. They are trying to earn a righteous standing by what they do – that is, by following the law.

But Christ (Israel’s Messiah) came, and He is the end of trying to be righteous by law. If a person believes that Christ died for his sins and rose again in victory over sin, he is saved from judgment for his sins. God sees him as righteous in Christ.

God’s message is to believe. Christ died for our sins, and God raised him from the dead because Christ conquered sin for us. God tells us to believe what Christ did is enough. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised with from the dead, you will be saved!

So one who believes in Christ is done with the law. Instead of trying to make himself righteous by his own efforts, he has listened to the Scriptures that say, Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What a great message! Have you believed in Christ? Have you called on the Lord to save you? You can be righteous today!

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