Israel – the people of God

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Is Israel still the people of God?

This question still concerns the church of Jesus today and often leads to violent conflicts. What is happening in and around Israel today raises many questions. On the other hand, we read in Romans also a clear warning addressed to the church of God:

Romans 11, 17 – 24

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?


In the Old Testament, more precisely in Genesis 32: 23-32, we find a mysterious story described, which in my opinion says something:

Jacob’s fight at Jabbok. His new name

23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’ thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him , and said, Tell me , I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’ thigh in the sinew that shrank.

 

The people have gone ahead. This event is prophetic.

Jacob, that is Israel. His two wives and the two maids  his eleven sons that is the church of Jesus. The man who fights with Israel is Jesus. He could not overcome Jacob: The people of Israel rejected Jesus. The church of Jesus has preceded the people of Israel while Israel is still fighting Jesus (2000 years). Against the forerunners, Jesus does not fight, they are the image of his church, he fights with Jacob (the people of Israel) to overcome him and also bring him home to his kingdom of glory. Jesus can not overcome Jacob because Jacob does not want it and because there are only volunteers in the Kingdom of God. He hits Jacob on the hip and the hip joint dislocates. That means he limps. The people of Israel lag behind for about 2,000 years because it is true to God, but rejects the one he sent. “Let me go, for the dawn breaks,” says the man who is Jesus to Jacob. The people of Israel lapse until the new day of God begins. Israel as a whole comes to believe in Jesus when the new time of God begins, for then Jacob calls for the blessing of God. This will be a hard time for Israel and in their distress they will scream to God and call for help. Until then, Israel is struggling with God and humans and will after all win because Jacob says, “I will not leave you if you do not bless me.” He gets the new name of Israel from God (that is, God fights). To get a new name from God, that means you belong to me now. I’ll give you a new name, a new direction, in the computer age, one would say: a new program. Now Jacob is no longer fighting God, but God is fighting for Jacob (Israel). This becomes clear in Jacob’s encounter with his brother Esau. So God blesses Israel and give them victory (blessing) at the end of times. Only now does Jacob say: “I saw God face-to-face and yet my life was saved!” After that, Jacob passes Pnuël (ie the face of God) and now the sun rises to him. Now it has become clear also about the people of Israel, who fought against Jesus for so long. The new day of God has dawned.

In our time today, the new day of God has not yet dawned. Jacob is still fighting Jesus, but the dawn is already evident. The day is just around the corner.

 

Israel is and remains the people of God, even if they had to go through many hardships, because, as the Scriptures say (Romans 11: 28-29): According to the Gospel, they are enemies for your sake; but after election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For he cannot repent of God’s gifts and calling.

 

We are currently eyewitnesses of what was foretold about the people of Israel about 2,600 years ago by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 37. Right now we’re at verse 8 and, I believe, just before verse 9.
In the people of Israel, the church of God can see, among other things, how much God hates sin. No one will come to him while he is still infested with sin, and no one can forgive sins except God. He did this in his Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah (anointed of God), born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. An angel appeared to her and answered her question about how it could be that she will have a child when she has never slept with a man: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1,35) As soon as Jesus was born, his parents had to flee with him to Egypt. After Herod’s death, they moved to Nazareth in Galilee, where he grew up. That is why he was also called: “The Nazarene”. . For us he voluntarily allowed himself to be crucified (John 10:18: “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father). Just as the priests had to burn the sin offering outside, in front of the camp of the Israelites, so Jesus was crucified as an eternally valid sin offering outside the city wall of Jerusalem. So Jesus could say, John 10:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Herbert Adam