What is Israel? How did it come into being?
A man named Abram loved and believed the Lord amidst an evil world. God created a people for Himself through Abram because of that.
Gen 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram , but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan (which is where Israel is today), for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
After the flood, when men began to multiply on the earth once again, evil began to reign once again. Cities like Sodom and Gomorrah were completely evil and deviate, so God chose Abraham to father a people for Himself.
His grandson, Jacob, became Israel and begat 12 sons who became the 12 tribes of Israel.
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob , but Israel
God chose Jerusalem to put His name on the earth, a place which we should honor and reverence as God's place.
1 Kings 11:36 ... Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
2 Chron 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
We, who are not Jews, are graciously graffed into the tree which is Israel, but we should not be boastful or highminded about it! We should be grateful to God and respect that Israel is His people, His land, Jerusalem His city, and be humbly graffed in and not conceited about it.
Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
We need to love Israel and humbly grateful for the chance to be included! Do not hate Israel because the world tells us to, or because they have once again turned from the truth and don't believe in Jesus, for "Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved...
Thank the Lord for an obedient man like Abraham! Thank the Lord that gentiles are able to partake in the promises!
Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Praise the Lord Jesus! Thank you for Abraham and your promises! Praise your name Lord!
Love Israel for God's sake, and watch for the prophecies concerning Israel and the last days. They are upon us!