Romans 9:1-5 NIV
I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
Romans 10:1-3 NIV
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Romans 11:11, 15, 25, 28-29 NIV
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
It’s a growing trend to belive that Israel no longer has a special place in God’s eye, but as Paul shows us in Romans 9, 10 & 11, that simply isn’t true.
Jewish people are more and more receiving Yeshua, Jesus. Some Jewish people believe that to become a Christian is to renounce your Jewish heritage, but that also isn’t true.
God wants us to renounce sin, not heritage. We are to die to our old way of living – our lives without Jesus – to be transformed, to be renewed in our minds.
It’s a biblical fact that the Jewish people were chosen by God. They did not earn it – He chose them.
Deuteronomy 7:6-7 NIV
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
God chose them because they were the least likely to be chosen. Today, there are 23 arabic nations surrounding Israel. They are the least likely to survive, but “nothing is impossible for God.”
Deuteronomy 9:4-6 NIV
After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.
God’s favor on Israel was His own chosing, not based on anything they had done. He is sovereign. Can you relate to Israel? Do you experience God’s choice, even though you are stiff-necked?
God chose to reveal Himself through this tiny nation. He chose to be born in a humble stable cave. From the beginning of things, God has had a purpose.
In Genesis 10, eight people survived the flood. The ark is a great picture of Jesus. The going was probably rough. Those 8 people probably did a lot of falling down as the boat rocked on the waters. But when they fell, they were still in the boat.
Genesis 12:1-3 NIV
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
God cannot go back on His word. He will keep His promises regardless of what we do, or the popular opinions of the day. Don’t fall into the contemporary trap of discounting God’s favor on His chosen people.