• March 28, 2015
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    Israel of God, and Israel of Belfour - By David Azar
Israel of God, and Israel of Belfour - By David Azar

The existence of Israel is one of the most frequently discussed topics around the world. Is it existed because of God's promise to Abraham thousands of years ago? Is it true that God established this state? If yes, then God is pleased with the oppression against Palestinians struggling checkpoints, killing, and theft of their property. Throughout this article, I'm going to talk about Israel and the relation of this name with God's promises. Apostle Paul, in his letter to Romans 9: 4-5 said:- 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![a] Amen.

Long time ago, the Jewish were sons of Gods, whom God chose among all the nations. The old Testament is full of ideas about adoption. The Israelites had the glory of God, as He was between them in the tent of meeting and in the temple. They also were granted God's promises. We know God's promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob from the Bible, in addition to the promise God made to them in Mount Sinai through the Ten Commandments which was the law that God gave to Moses in order to convey it to his nation to follow. That is what Apostle Paul meant in the introduction of chapter nine of his letter.

Apostle Paul had raised another issue as he offered a settlement for the dilemma of the Jews in verses 6 and 7:- 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named. So Apostle Paul revealed us a very important fact that is not every Jewish is an Israelite in the eyes of God.

As a result, not everyone from Abraham offspring is considered to be from God's nation. Apostle Paul put this principle as a basis of settling the Jewish matter and their relation with God. Some people ask what is the Jewish destination? Apostle Paul answers this question in Romans 9: 27 – 28 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” Isaiah actually mentioned this in (Isaiah 10:22 and 28:22) this is what prophet Isaiah prophesied that a group of Jewish will be saved if they believe in Jesus Christ, and he called them "remnant". So when they believe they become a part of God's nation and sons who believe in his name. that is what Apostle Paul clarifies that God will only save some chosen people from the Jewish and not all of them. This means that only those who accept Jesus Christ as a savior in their lives will be saved. It is note that Apostle Paul was talking about his time in this text and not about something will happen in the future.

In order for Apostle Paul to emphasize that, he quoted other verses from (Isaiah 1:9) which was put in verse 29 Chapter 9: "And as Isaiah predicted, If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah". The two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are known of corruption, and we also know how God condemned them in Abraham time when he destroyed them by raining down burning sulfur on them. Prophet Isaiah wanted to say that without this offspring and the remnant who believe in Jesus and whom God called from the Jewish, they would become like Sodom and Gomorrah Evil and corruption.

As for the Jewish it was different, and this is what Apostle Paul wrote in verses 31 and 32 of his letter Romans: 1 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness[d] did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone". The Jewish wanted to be saved by following the divine law, and thought that this way they will be blessed by God. Actually they were trying in vain, because the human being cannot follow the divine low without committing sins, so people cannot be blessed by God only by following the law. That’s why Apostle Paul clarified that people need to believe in order to be blessed and saved. Because whoever depends on the love, goodness and mercy of God will be saved, but those who depend on their own righteousness as the Jewish, they will definitely lose God's righteousness and salvation.

Judaism paved the way for the Lord eternal salvation declaration

Judaism even paved the way for the declaration of the whole salvation through Jesus Christ. As with the coming of Jesus Christ, there wasn't any special relation between God and the Israeli nation. That is because a new nation from all around the world replaced it, a new nation from every nation and all tribes and people and tongues. So we don't need ritual or sacrifices anymore, we don't need animal sacrifices or Jewish priesthood system. That is because Jesus Christ the only high priest, as he sacrificed himself for the people's sins.

(So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith) Galatians 3:26

Bible says in Galatians 3: 24-25 "24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith ". By these verses, Apostle Paul wanted to clarify that the temporary Promise between God and the human was over when our savior Jesus Christ had come, and the human was no longer in need for the law for salvation, because Jesus has come and all of who believed in him will be children of God. This is clear in (John 1:- 12-13) " Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God". This is God's new promise that he gave in the bible, to be a new promise with all nations.

By Jesus Christ, all the promises have been fulfilled, and a new testament has begun.

Jesus Christ was born in God's intended time; his coming fulfilled all the Prophecies that were written in the old testament, and fulfilled all the promises. This is because Jesus came for the salvation of all human beings, through his death on the cross. Jesus death and resurrection was a declaration of a new testament between God and people.

New people

The church has replaced the old Hebrew people, and it became God's chosen people. But what was the role of the Jewish faith in God's kingdom? Judaism played an important and big role that is throughout the Bible we can learn that God declared his plans for the sake of human beings salvation. He chose Abraham to be the father of all nations, and as mentioned before God told him that in his offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. After that, God gave the laws to Moses, where He sat limitations for humans in order to follow ad differentiate between right and wrong, and in order for the humans to recognize their weakness and that they need the salvation. God continued to send prophets and messengers in order to warn people of their sins and in order to guide them to the right path, and also to tell them about the time He managed to send the Savior Jesus Christ who will come to set them free and give them salvation and start a new testament with them.

That began after Jesus Christ resurrection, when he sent his disciples to preach all people with Bible. It's not mentioned to preach one nation, but all people. The church grew through the disciples obedience, and now it consists of several groups of believers. Christians are God's new people now, people from all races and classes. Jesus Christ has emphasized previously that he had other nations and other people than the Israelites. We can read this in John 10:16: "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd". This was a very fluent and explicit declaration ensuring that there will be only one flock and one shepherd, and that this flock will consist people from all nations and nationalities, and its shepherd will be only one – Jesus Christ, who will be savior. To affirm that all peoples became God's people, we find that Apostle Peter wrote in (1 Peter 2: 9-10):- " 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy". This is a confirmation that God granted his mercy to all people when he sent "the light" Jesus Christ to the world. Apostle Peter in the previous verse was talking about this new people which doesn't only consist of the Jewish, but of new people including the Jewish and all nations together in one association which aims at the declaration of God's salvation for all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues.
Here we can recognize that the current Israel or the Jewish is not God's chosen people anymore, but they can be a part of God's chosen people if they accept Jesus as their own savior. God's people are just the believers of Jesus Christ and there is no special relation between God and any other nation, as all nations are considered to be a part of God's people, and the Jewish should accept Jesus Christ Salvation in order to join this people.

To conclude, anyone believes in Jesus Christ is a part of God's people, and will be blessed by God. Blessings will be granted only by accepting Jesus Christ, not by law. We are all people of God, and God's word is honest as He said in (1 Peter 2:9-10) " 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy".

Now we recognize that the current Israel is not Israel of God but Israel of Belfour.

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