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William Andrew Dillard
Much is heard of Israel in their present conflict with a radical segment of Arabic people. Most of the Christian world, and this writer, too, are pro-Israel. The children of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob were the recipients of the Law Covenant from God, and though left desolate in their official rejection of the Messiah, the nation has a future in the work of God. However this should not blind the Bible student to obvious truth regarding the subject, and how that applies to the present people of New Testament Covenant relationship with Him. Please put on your thinking cap!
To be anti-Israel is to be anti-Semitic. But wait, to be anti-Arab would also be anti-Semitic since both descended from Abraham and are by virtue of that Semites. However, Bible students know that God rejected Ishmael, the father of Arabic people as the heir of Abraham, choosing instead the son of Promise: Isaac. To Isaac was born two sons: Esau and Jacob. Covenant lineage is traced through Jacob due to the faithless rejection of Esau of his birthright. Stay with me in this thinking.
“Jacob” (trickster) received a name change from God to that of “Israel” (He who contends with God and prevails) in his wrestling with an angel all night, signifying his hot pursuit of heavenly help in view of what he considered the Imminent, murderous wrath of Esau. Thus does his name have such marvelous and practical meaning. Quite naturally, Jacob’s children then became known as the children of Israel whether their faith and deportment merited the name or not. Happily, much of the time it did.
But in the fullness of time, God sent them the promised Messiah whom they rejected on a wholesale basis officially. While their rejection of Him is more than ample evidence that they were no longer Israel in meaning, a remnant of the faithful received the Messiah, and were by virtue of their faith and obedience to Him the sole nucleus of the New Covenant expression of God on earth, His New Testament Church. They were then the true Israel, and the New Testament Church continues to be so today. Gal. 6:16. What about the political nation that rejected Jesus, the Messiah? Jesus said their house was left to them desolate (devoid and separated from the presence and protection of God as they had known it). This precipitated the massacre and destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans. It caused the great diaspora of the last near 2,000 years. It precipitated the holocaust in WWII. It has brought on them the many and continued conflicts with Arab nations presently. The present political nation is mainly the children of Judah; hence, Jews. They have chosen to use the term Israel, but they do not have its meaning. They are in fact Jacobites. But, one day, the nation will become Israelites again. May the Lord hasten that glorious day when they shall look on Him Whom they have pierced, know true repentance, and be brought into New Covenant relationship with Him to once again be “Israel” in the sight of God.
“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother,” Matthew 12:50.
In John 7, the Scriptures make it clear that Jesus’ half brothers did not believe He was the Messiah and even mocked Him.
I have three brothers whom I love very much. We ate Post Toasties from the same box, swam in the same swimming hole and shared our childhood in blissful innocence and ignorance. However, if one of my brothers came to the breakfast table and announced that he was God, I doubt I would have taken him seriously. If he began a campaign to tell the world that he was God, I would be the first one to sign, having him committed for psychiatric help.
Jesus’ mother perhaps was worried about His physical health. She and the brothers innocently came to remove Him from public shame and help Him recuperate. It was not until after Jesus’ resurrection and personal visit from the dead (1 Cor. 15) with the next brother in line, that James saw the Light and even became pastor of the church in Jerusalem. He introduced himself as Jesus’ servant.
How many grow up so close to the gospel they could touch it and never believe from the heart? That a mere man called Jesus could be God in the flesh, was the stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (verse 5).
“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (verse 6).
If we obey the gospel, Jesus promised to manifest Himself to the repentant sinner.
JUST A THOUGHT – Truth will prevail when untruth will not prevail.
Robert A. Brock