Unless we take heed to these little words we can misunderstand or misapply God’s word. What are some of those words? ‘Never.’ ‘Never again.’ ‘Until.’ ‘No more.’
In understanding God’s dealings with and purpose for Israel the above ‘little words’ have huge significance. To read some people’s views about Israel is to imagine the Lord God has wiped their name from off His slate. If that was the case then the Church and individual Christians need to tremble. For if He cannot honour His word to Israel then we have no guarantee He will honour it to us. Why? Because the Church with its greater sense of grace has proven as faithless – and perhaps more faithless – than Israel!
Following are just a couple of verses which stress some future purpose of God for Israel. Now the Devil and the World is endeavouring to prevent God from fulfilling His word. God will win, they shall lose!
‘The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored.’ Isaiah 62:8.
‘They shall no more be plunder for the nations,…they shall live in safety, and no one shall make them afraid.’ Ezekiel 34:28.
‘You shall no more be termed Forsaken and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land shall be married…’ Isaiah 62:4.
Again and again throughout the Scriptures God has indicated His purposes. To some it is a challenge to beat. Others understand it as words generating hope in the faithfulness of God to deliver what He promised.
To be reminded of the Lord’s revealed plans for Israel, I encourage you to read Ezekiel 34-38 and Hosea and Zechariah 14. You disbelieve them to your own spiritual poverty of God’s faithfulness.
Ray (in anticipation) Hawkins.
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