February 19: God’s unique relationship with Israel

The biggest temptation Israel has faced, in the past and even today is the desire to be like the other nations. But with God’s destiny imprinted on the DNA of Israel, it is impossible for Jewish people to ignore and deny the reality of their destiny. 

Ezekiel 20:27-32

“Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me. When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings. Then I said to them, ‘What is this high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah to this day.”’  Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your fathers, and committing harlotry according to their abominations? For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord God, “I will not be inquired of by you. What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO RECOGNIZE HER PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN BEING GOD’S FIRSTBORN SON.

Mahane Yehuda

 

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