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This is a follow on to the question is Israel God’s chosen people?

“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him” (Gen 21:1-5).

And then God assures Abraham His covenant with him and his seed is unconditional. “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shored; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (Gen 22:15-18).

God reaffirms His covenant to Isaac, Abraham’s son:

“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. 2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; 4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen 26:1-4).

God reaffirms His covenant to Jacob, Isaac’s son:

“And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Gen 28:13-15).

God renames Jacob Israel and once again reaffirms His covenant:

“And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land” (Gen 35:9-12).

A better description of the land grant covenant is as follows:

“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites (Gen 15:18-21).From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast (Josh 1:4).”

Now to put this in modern day terms, God gave Israel all of the land from the Nile River in Egypt to Lebanon (North to South) and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (East and West). Therefore, God promised Israel all the land it held immediately after the 1967 war, and more.

Specifically, the land God gave Israel not only included all it holds today, but a large portion of eastern Egypt, much of northern Saudi Arabia, the western half of Iraq, all of Jordan and Lebanon, and more than half of Syria.

As we know, Israel did not live up to its part of God’s covenant with them, so God dispersed them throughout the world. But these foreign nations were to be God’s sanctuary for them.

“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come” (Ezek 11:16).

And from those foreign lands, when the time is right God will call them to return to the land of Israel, that same land that He promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel).“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel” (Ezek 11:17).

And then God says they will become a changed people; that He will be their God and they will be His people. “And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezek 11:18-20).

While there are many who claim Israel lost its chosen status when it turned from God, Scripture does not bear out such doctrine. As the passages above plainly state, God’s covenant with Israel was unconditional and perpetual.

Therefore, Israel was, is, and always will be God’s chosen people. And less we forget, Jesus was also a Jew.

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