The Jews Are God’s Chosen People

Why is most of the world against Israel? Why do so many people and nations side with the Muslims and say that the Palestinians are the legal owners of Palestine? On the other hand, why has Israel been able to come back from oblivion and become a unified nation after 2000 years? There must be a reason, and the reason is that the Jews are God’s chosen people and our Bible proves this.

God Says That Israel Is His

Look at what God says about Israel in Zech. 2:8 (NKJV): “For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.”

What can be clearer than this? The Jews are the most important people in the world to God. He values them more than anyone else. The Jews are “the apple of His eye.”

Because Israel is so important to God, He made a covenant with them. Then He repeats over and over His commitment to them. For instance in Psalm 89:34 (NKJV): “My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”

God’s Covenant With Abraham

God’s first covenant with the Jews was with their founder, Abraham. God called Abraham out of his native country in Haran and told him to go to a land that He would show him. By the way, Abraham was 75 years old when God called him. He told Abraham that He would make him into a great nation. He told him that He would bless him and make his name great.

Then God told Abraham this most important fact. 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.” By the way, the word “you” is not in the original Hebrew. However, the Hebrew phrase that is used implies not only Abraham, but also his descendents. This is confirmed later when God reaffirmed this covenant with Abraham.

Look at these three points:

  1. God said that He would bless those who would bless him and his descendents.
  2. God said that He would curse those who would curse him, including his descendents.
  3. Finally, God said that everyone on the earth would be blessed through him.

When Abraham was 95 years old, God reaffirmed this covenant with him. Genesis 17:7 (NKJV): “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” God did not want Abraham to forget the covenant that He had made with him.

The Covenant Was Reaffirmed With Isaac

Years later, when Isaac was the head of the family, God reaffirmed His covenant with him. Genesis 26:3 (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.”

God did not want His chosen people to forget what He had promised them. Then God added this to what He told Isaac. Genesis 26:4-5 (NKJV): “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;  because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Notice what God said. It was because Abraham was to faithful to God that this covenant was made.

Jacob’s Name Was Changed to Israel

Why was Jacob’s name changed to Israel? Again, it was because the nation that descended from Abraham was God’s chosen people and were given a very specific task. The Hebrew word for “Israel” comes from two other Hebrew words. The first one is “Sarah,” which means “to prevail, to have power.” The second word is “el,” which means “mighty,” especially “the Almighty.” It is the Hebrew word that is used for God.” So, literally, Israel means “the power of God.”

The nation of Israel was to show and bring the Power of God to the earth. Notice also that God reaffirmed His covenant once again, this time with Jacob (Israel). 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.”

The Israelites Are God’s Chosen People

God never forgot the promise (covenant) He made with Abraham. Many years later, He tells the Israelites Deut. 7:6 (NKJV): “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.”

Do not doubt God’s Word. If God says something just once, He means it. However, here we find that He repeats over and over His choice to make the Israelites His own special people.

What God Has Done Through Israel

Whole books have been written on this subject. However, just think about this. All of the prophets of the Old Testament came through the nation of Israel. All the teachings found in the New Testament came through Israel. Finally, and the most important, the Savior of the world, Jesus, came through Israel.

Throughout the Old Testament are prophecies that predict the coming of Jesus. Even though it has been debated as to just how many prophecies there are that were fulfilled, it is well established that there at least 68. These 68 have been verified by many different scholars. There is not room to list them all here. However, just search the internet and you will find them and the events that the prophecies fulfilled.

For instance, there is a prophecy as to where Jesus was to be born. Micah 5:2 (NKJV): “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”

Notice that when the 3 Wise Men sought help as to where the Messiah was born, this is the passage that the Jewish Scholars quoted.

To Prosper, We Must Bless Israel

According to our Bible, if we want to prosper, we must bless Israel. This means to pray for Israel, support Israel, backup Israel, etc. This is true on a personal level as well as on a national level. Again, books have been written about how God has been trying to get our attention concerning how we are treating Israel.

Take time to study on this (I don’t have time to explain it here), but every time we, as a nation, have done something to hurt the nation of Israel, a disaster has come upon America. I know, this fact is never reported in the mainline news, but many have studied this phenomenon and know it is true.

Finally, here is some good advice. If you want to prosper, do not condemn Israel; rather give her all the support that you can. In fact, it just might be a good idea, not just to pray for Israel, but to financially support her, if you possibly can.

Remember God’s promise to Abraham. Genesis 12:3 (NKJV): “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you.”

 




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