Bible Order: Ezekiel 4–7
Chronological Order: Ezekiel 13-15
New Testament Only: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16
God Is Faithful
Brothers, I have to admit my mind continues to return to the question of whether or not the Jewish people are still God’s “Chosen People”. On the one hand, we cannot deny that followers of Christ are indeed God’s chosen people. On the other hand, God has made some very firm promises to the Jewish people that don’t seem to be withdrawn in scripture. Don’t get me wrong; salvation can only be found through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
My point is that God has always kept a remnant of the Jewish people faithful to him. In fact, the first Christians were Jewish and there are many Messianic Jews today. I believe that it is incumbent on Christians to continue to witness to the world and the Jewish people in particular. Let us never forget that we were blessed through them. As the end times approach I believe we will see more and more Jews turn to Christ.
The 89th Psalm makes clear the statement of God’s commitment to the descendants of David. Again we know that in one sense this is a promise to those that will accept Christ; in another sense it seems be a pretty firm commitment to the actual, physical descendants of David. Take a look at this:
Psalm 89:20-37 ESV
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
Now this Psalm does go on to say that God has been punishing Israel and, of course, this is true, but what is the purpose of punishment? The purpose of punishment is to return the wayward to righteousness. God punishes to bring His children back to right relationship with Him; and so it has been, and continues to be, with Israel. There is no salvation without Christ but don’t doubt God’s call on His “Chosen People”. You and I are saved because He called us, we heard, and responded. If He didn’t give up on you and me, why would He give up on them? It ain’t over ‘till Christ comes again. There is no telling how many Jews will come to know Christ before then.
The Psalm above says that God will not lie to David or alter a word that went forth from His lips, and that his “offspring” shall endure forever. Yes this does refer to the throne of Christ but I don’t think God plays cute with people when He makes covenants. I don’t think He is like some cosmic Bill Clinton parsing the meaning of the word “is”. God keeps His promises. He is faithful. He has done it and He will do it. On that you can depend!
Have a faithful day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!
(Originally posted 6/30/10)