July 5: God’s unique relationship with Israel

The sign of the circumcision was to be the outward sign of response to the unique relationship God offered Israel.  It was to be an outward symbol of what was going on in the heart.

Today many in Israel consider the cutting ceremony only in terms of joining a community.  We have lost the deeper meaning and responsibility of our unique relationship with God.

Only when Israel repents of their personal and corporate sin, will she receive the fullness of the blessings of Abraham.

Deuteronomy 30:1-6

“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.  If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.  Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.  And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

PRAY FOR NATIONAL AND PERSONAL ISRAEL TO CIRCUMCISE THEIR HEARTS IN REPENTANCE AND TURN TO GOD.

Rosh Pina was founded in 1882.
Rosh Pina was founded in 1882.

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