February 17: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

There are some Christians who long to be Jewish. They are jealous of the unique relationship between Israel and God. They see the privilege but not the responsibility. With the privilege of this unique relationship God required much from Israel, and punished disobedience severely. The map confirms that Israel is still under that same discipline.

But we know that one day Israel’s discipline will be completed.

Ezekiel 5:5-10

“Thus says the Lord God: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.  She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.’  Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’— therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.  And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.  Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the winds.

Meanwhile we rejoice in the very special relationship the Christians have with God, with many of the same privileges and responsibilities.

PRAY THAT ISRAEL WILL ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY AS WELL AS THE PRIVILEGE OF HER UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

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