August 22 :The restoration of the land; The nations

The covenant God made with the Patriarchs was unconditional.  God’s promise depended only on His faithfulness and not on Israel’s. 

Since 135 AD when the Jews were expelled from the land, various nations have tried to possess the land which He has given to His covenant people to steward.

Psalm 105:8-11

He remembers his covenant forever,
    the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
 the covenant he made with Abraham,
    the oath he swore to Isaac.
 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as the portion you will inherit.”



[Israel’s right to the land is] not based on divine privilege. Why?  A non-covenant-keeping people does not have a divine right to hold the land of promise. Both the blessed status of the people and the privileged right to the land are conditional on Israel’s keeping the covenant God made with her. (John MacArthur)



Israel’s divine privilege ownership was made in an unconditional covenant between God and the Patriarchs.


2 thoughts on “August 22 :The restoration of the land; The nations

  1. Donna Honaker says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering where the quote from John MacArthur in today’s post (Aug. 22) can be found. It seems to imply that he doesn’t believe God’s covenant with Israel is unconditional. I don’t agree with John’s Calvinistic teachings, but everything I’ve found online re: his stance on Israel seems to be sound. I did find this quote from his website, dated May 20, 2007: “You are the Lord, You change not. You do what You say, You fulfill what You prophesy. You bring to pass what You promised. You keep Your Covenants. And we depend on that. Father, we rejoice that history is unfolding exactly the way You designed it. And how stunning is it to know that the Jews are still with us while all other ancient people have disappeared in the amalgam of time. They’re still here and they’re even occupying a portion of the original promised land.” ( This quote is from his prayer at the end, and doesn’t seem to imply God’s covenant is unconditional. I’d really be interested in seeing his quote in its context if possible. Thank you, and God’s richest blessings to you! 🙂

    • Donna Honaker says:

      Correction: “… and doesn’t seem to imply God’s covenant is conditional.” I still haven’t been able to find his original quote in your post of August 22, and now again in your Fall Update post of September 15.

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