April 26: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

Israel’s elections are over, but the elected Prime Minister has not established his government. America has officially started the process towards the next election. And like in Israel, candidates plan strategies and make promises, all for the one goal: winning.

God’s never wanted Israel to be like other nations. He was their king and only He would rule in righteousness. But he knew that one day Israel would reject Him.

Before Israel ever entered the Promised Land, God warned them what would happen. Despite God’s unique relationship with her, Israel would reject God’s governance. She would want to be like the other nations and be governed by a king. God warned them as He does to us today, that His standards of righteousness haven’t changed.

God’s expectations for Israel has always been based on His loving relationship with her, a relationship that has never and will never change despite their rejection and rebellion.

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

“Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?

 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.  Yet on your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.

So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.  For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.  He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.  You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.  He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.  Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.


[Pictures this week are from Beit Halochem, Home for the Disabled Veterans]

Beit Halochem - Jerusaelm

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