July 21: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel


“I’m special!” is the cry in everyone’s heart and mind.  We want to know that there is no one else in the universe who matters as much: who is as lovely, talented, wonderful, pretty, smart and most of all loved.  Yes love, a relationship is what makes us feel special.

The truth is that we ARE all loved and we are all special.  The truth is that there is no one who is as unique as you are.

The trouble is that we don’t feel special. We don’t feel loved.  So out of those feelings of rejection comes pride, greed, jealousy, etc.

This is as true for nations as it is for individuals. The truth is that God loves us all and he offers us ALL a special and personal relationship.

Nevertheless God has a distinctly unique relationship with the Jewish people (aka Israel).  Like any good father, His love for the Jews, for Israel, does not negate His love for other people, nations or for YOU!

Thus it’s important that we recognize this unique relationship and not try to ignore, deny, distain or replace that relationship – especially in the Church and among Christians.

This relationship started with God’s covenant with Abraham, a covenant that made promises to the Jews and to all people who would enter into the Covenant by faith.

As we pray this week, consider your own feelings about God and about Israel.

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, 
from your family
 and from your father’s house, 
to a land that I will show you.

I will make you a great nation; 
I will bless you 
and make your name great; 
and you shall be a blessing.

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.”

These promises to Abraham are the foundation of God’s covenant keeping love with the Jewish people.  Regardless of their rebellion, He never broke His side of the covenant.



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