Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Scripture for Israel

While Israel's heart-rending eviction continues, these verses have been given in my regular reading of the Word. I did not seek them out. God seeks out His Chosen. My jaw dropped, literally:

“Thus says the Lord God: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people declares the Lord God.” ~Ezekiel 45:9

Reading on for the same day in the One Year Bible ESV, I checked my commentary because the words “exiles of the dispersion” alerted my heart for the Jews. The conclusion is that Peter speaks to the Gentiles, and that may be so, yet God’s Word is living and timeless. Hear these verses going out to Israel today:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope though the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perished though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (Present tense 'believe in Him' referring to a belief in His coming.)

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
~1Peter 1-21

Skipping ahead to verses 9 & 10 of chapter 2: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

This is not to disregard the meaning of Christ’s Church, the Gentiles having been brought in to the fold, but think in current terms, the turning around of these truths. NOW, it is Israel who is being and will be brought into the fold of the Church, “in the last times.” Hallelujah!

Verses pertaining to my recent posts on the importance of God’s authority through His Holy Word in the church:
“My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to Your Word!” ~Psalm 119:25

“If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.” ~Proverbs 28:9, 10

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