November 30: God’s Land Promises to Israel

God’s Land Promises to Israel

The object of God’s greatest love is for individuals, regardless of their national or ethnic background.  He doesn’t offer redemption, forgiveness of sin and an abundant and eternal life to nations, but to people.  Furthermore, God is not a respecter of age, race, or gender.

As all mighty, all knowing, all loving, the Sovereign of Creation He chose a specific land and people to be His witness so that all mankind would know Him.  This choice of Israel does not lessen His love and concern for everyone else.  But it does define His unique relationship with the people and the land. 

His covenant with Abraham, confirmed to Isaac, Jacob and David made unique and specific promises to Israel including the boundaries and purposes of the land where He chose to put His name.

God defined Israel’s privileges and responsibilities of being His chosen witnesses.  Furthermore, His covenant with Israel was unconditional: He would remain faithful regardless of Israel’s unfaithfulness. 

God’s New Covenant, given to Israel and then extended to all of mankind also defined the privileges and responsibilities of all those who would follow Him later described as “the Church” or “The One New Man.”

It is important to remember as we pray God’s promises to Israel, not to confuse the promises He made uniquely to Israel and the promises made to the Church.

The New Covenant does not impact in any way God’s promises to Israel, especially regarding the land of Israel nor does it impact any other nation or land.

It’s crucial to remember the distinction between a promise and a principle. While we cannot “claim” a covenantal promise God made with Israel, we CAN and SHOULD apply any principles contained therein. 

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians iterates the wonder of God’s blessings to His church.

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. 

The key phrase which is often ignored, denied or misinterpreted in this blessing is “in the heavenly places” which clearly delineates the blessing. 

As God placed Israel, He places all people in specific nations for His plans and His purposes. Furthermore He commands all men to pray for the leaders of their nations so that the spread of the Gospel will not be impeded.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Lest we forget, let us reiterate, God’s covenant with Abraham, confirmed to Isaac and Jacob was the land deed where God specifically chose the land and the city as the place where He would put His name. God never made that promise to any other nation, people or land.

The unintentional misuse of God’s land promises to Israel actually reflects Replacement Theology. God was very specific when He made this promise to Israel.

2 Chronicles 7:12-16

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.  When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

God’s promise to heal Israel’s land was based on the principle of repentance…a foundational principle to every follower of Yeshua.  The application of the principle is what is the issue here.  The context of God’s promise is based on the process of repentance… the same process for God’s forgiveness of the individual’s sin. 

PRAY FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO CORRECT ANY APPLICATION OF GOD’S PROMISES TO THE CHURCH WHICH HE MADE TO ISRAEL.

 

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