God’s Covenant With Israel

Why does the whole world seem to be against Israel? This country is only 8,000 sq miles with a population of about 8 million people. And only about 75% of these are actually Jews. Modern Israel is about the size of New Hampshire. Actually modern Israel could fit into Florida 8 times. Why is this small piece of real estate so important?

Israel Is God’s Chosen People

There is nothing important about Israel except for this fact. Israel is God’s chosen people. The conflict is not territorial, but religious. It all started in Genesis 12:3 (NKJV) when God told Abraham Genesis 12:3 (NKJV)
“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This idea is specifically expressed in Deut. 7:6 (NKJV) when God tells the Israelites: “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”

It is interesting to note that the two groups of people who are united against Israel are both descendants of Abraham. The first group are the Palestinians, who are the descendants of Esau. Esau was Jacob’s brother. And the second group are the Muslims, who claim to be the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate son. Ishmael was Abraham’s son who was conceived by Hagar, his wife Sarah’s maidservant.

The Muslims claim Israel because they believe that the covenant was passed down to them through Ishmael, instead of through Isaac. But that is not what the Bible says. The Bible says that God made a covenant with Abraham and that covenant was passed down through Isaac and Jacob.

Who Are The Palestinians?

Those who are called Palestinians today are actually the descendants of Esau. They originally settled in what was called Edom which was south of the Dead Sea. According to Scripture, the Edomites have hated the Israelites from the very beginning. In fact, when the Israelites were travelling to the Promised Land from Egypt, they asked to pass through Edom and Edom refused. Read Numbers 20:14-21.

Edom eventually disappeared. However, descendants from that land have wandered throughout the Middle East since then. They now call themselves Palestinians.

God Reconfirms His Covenant

God reconfirmed the covenant that He made with Abraham several times through Abrahams descendants.

God reconfirmed His covenant with Jacob. He told Jacob in Genesis 26:3-4 (NKJV): “Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

And God tells Jacob again in Genesis 35:12 (NKJV): “The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.” According to God’s Holy Word, our Bible, the land of Canaan (modern Palestine) is the land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants.

This covenant is restated throughout the Bible. For instance in Psalm 105:9-11 (NKJV):
“The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
Saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance.’”

Remember that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Genesis 32:28 (NKJV): “And He [God] said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.’” It is because Jacob recognized that the man he was wrestling with was God in human form that his name was changed. Genesis 32:30 (NKJV): “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: ‘For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’”

Israel Is The Apple Of God’s Eye

Throughout the Bible Israel is portrayed as a nation that is very special to God. For instance Zechariah 2:8 says this about Israel, (NKJV): “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you [Israel]; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.’”

The “apple” of the eye refers to the pupil of the eye. The pupil is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. It is also the most important part of the eye. Thus, Zechariah is telling us two very important things. God is constantly keeping His eye on Israel, because Israel is that important to Him. Also, we know that poking the eye inflicts great pain. This is what happens to God when anyone hurts Israel. God is greatly pained by their actions.

The Most Important Reason For The Covenant

This is found in the last part of Genesis 12:3: “And in you all the families [nations] of the earth shall be blessed.” Why is this so important? It is because this is the first time that we are told that Jesus will come to the earth through the nation of Israel. This is how all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed. It is through Jesus that salvation comes to all who will accept Him.

God’s greatest blessing to the world is the gift of His only Son, Jesus. God knew how difficult it would be to live a Godly life here in this evil world. God knew how easily it would be for people to fall into the temptations that Satan would throw at us. So, God provided an easy way for us to show Him that we truly wanted to love Him and live with Him forever. All we must do is accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

This means that we accept what Jesus did for us on the Cross. Then commit our lives to Him by making Him the Lord of our lives. What does this mean? It means making the commitment to do our best to live as God (Jesus) wants us to live for the rest of our lives.

God Will Protect Jerusalem

All of this points to the fact that Jerusalem is very important to God. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, God’s chosen people. Jerusalem is where Jesus will stand when He comes again to rule over the earth.

Throughout the Bible, God says over and over again how He will protect Jerusalem. Look at Zechariah 2:10 (NKJV): “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication.” This passage is saying what God will do after Israel becomes a new nation and Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jews. This has now happened. The spirit of God’s grace and His favor is now on Jerusalem.

What does this mean? It means that Jerusalem will never be taken over by any other nation again. Yes, other nations will try, just before the second coming of Jesus. But Jesus will put a stop to it because at that point, Jesus will start ruling the world from Jerusalem.

Look at the verse just previous to the above verse. Zech. 12:9 (NKJV): “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” God is warning the world that any nation that comes against Jerusalem will be destroyed. It may not be immediate, but it will happen.

 




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