What does God say about Israel?

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
1Samuel 4:21
She named the boy Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel" because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.
Isaiah 27:6
In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
Jeremiah 31:10
"Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; proclaim it in distant coast lands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'
Ezekiel 39:23
And the nations will know that the people of Israel went in exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.
Mark 12:29-30
"The most important one" (commandment), answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.' Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
Luke 22:29-30
And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
Romans 9:6-7
It is not as though God's word has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On the contrary, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
Ephesians 3:6
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Jesus Christ.


Definitions
Ark- a wooden chest containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. It symbolized God's presence.
Fruit- in the Bible this often refers to the result of a man and woman reproducing.
Exile- the time that Israel was in captivity; conquered by another nation
Sin- rebellion against God: disobedience, perversion of what is right.
Confer- to grant or bestow
Abraham- the father of the nation of Israel. A model of righteousness and faith for all believers.
Issac- the son of Abraham. The person through whom God's chosen people were descended.
Glory- splendor, honor, or perfection
Reckon- established by counting or calculation


Prelude:
I looked up verses in the Bible that speak about Israel. It is important for all of us to know and understand the historical events that have taken place in Israel throughout history. Why? As believers, we are descendants of Israel. We may not have been born there, we may not have relatives that were born there but we have all been born out of the seed of Abraham. It is just as important for us to understand where Israel came from, their rise and fall, and where they are going. For such a small nation, they have had a lot go on.


A brief history of Israel:
Israel is another name for Jacob. Jacob was renamed Israel by an angel at Penuel because of his influence with God and man. His name was then extended to the nation known as Israel. The nation was founded in 937 B.C. Israel was formed when the 10 northern tribes rebelled against the 2 southern tribes. It established its own kingship under King Rehoboam (1Kings12).


Israel's existence is the result of one man's (Jacob) struggle with God. This later would turn into an entire nation's struggle with God. Israel's history has been, to say the least, a roller coaster ride; filled with ups and downs, rises and falls. Israel has had times of great prosperity and just as intensely as they prospered, they have also suffered. Their land has been conquered, crushed and turned to ruins; rebuilt only to be laid desolate again. After finally gaining their God-given birthplace back in 1948. It has been nothing but raging war and intense struggle to keep it. Israel has been an example throughout history of what happens when you disobey God and turn your back on him.


A Breakdown of the Verses:
Dt. 6:4- This verse is called the Shema from the Hebrew word for "hear". This was a message from God to his people proclaiming that he is "The One", the only God of the universe. There is no other God.
1Sam4:21- Ichabod means "where is the glory?" This is Phineha's wife morning because she knows that Israel has lost the presence of God. There is a major void or emptiness when we walk through life without God's presence with us. She was smart enough to realize that a life without God is a life of sadness.
Isa27:6- God's people become a world supplier. This isn't speaking of supplying actual fruit but meaning that Israel will supply the world with people. We are all descendants of Israel.
Jer31:10- God will gather his people back to the homeland of Israel where he will guard and protect them like a shepherd does his sheep. In 1948, Israel was declared its own state. The Jewish people came back home. In my opinion, this is one of the most obvious Bible prophecies that have been fulfilled in modern times. If you do not believe that God is real, I suggest you study Israel and you will find that what God said he would do has came to pass and is presently still being fulfilled.
Ezk 39:23- This is God's demonstration to the rest of the world about judgment for sins. When we sin and turn away from God, he hides his face from us. I believe that he takes his guiding hand off of us which allows us to be led into the hand of the enemy because we cannot discern the right way to go. God never leaves us or forsakes us, he is there waiting for us to realize that we cannot make it without him and for us to turn back to him.
Mark 12:29-30-Jesus is dipping back into the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy in order to grasp the people's attention. He is about to give them the greatest commandment to love the Lord our God with every stitch of our being.
Luke 22:29-30- Jesus is foretelling the events of judgment day. He is explaining the fact that Israel and all nations (since we all stem from Israel) will face a day of judgment and the disciples will sit upon the judgment seats.
Romans 9:6-7- Paul is explaining that although many Jews have failed to believe the promise of God, a messiah, God's promise has not failed. The promise was not that all Israel would be saved, but that all who believe that Jesus is the Son of God will be saved.
Ephesians 3:6- Paul is explaining the mystery of how Gentiles and Jews have now been joined together in God's family. We are all brothers in the faith through Jesus Christ our Lord. God has not only called Israel to be his people but he has called us all to be his people but only if we accept the invitation that he extends through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One of the biggest hang ups that keep people from converting into Christianity is the fact that they can accept Jesus' death on the cross and they can accept that he was buried but they do not believe in the resurrection. Friend, all the power is in the resurrection of Christ. Jesus said that we will do the works that he has done but "greater works shall you do because I go to my Father."


We are living in a time when all hell has broke loose on earth. There is so much turmoil and crookedness going on today that it is hard to imagine a life without it. If you have an empty feeling, a void that nothing can fill, nothing seems to go right no matter how hard you try, then loved one, you are walking with the absence of God in your life. Today is the day to change it all. Jesus can turn your life around instantaneously and put you on a straight path. All you have to do is ask him into your heart, believe that he is the Son of God, repent of your sin and allow him to be Lord and Master of your life. It's that simple! Please click on the "Salvation" tab in the pages section. I pray that you have decided to take that step of faith and allow Jesus to change it all. He paid the price so that you and me can be free. God bless you and we love you!

















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