We’ve been talking about Replacement Theology, questioning whether it’s true. Did G_d really cancel the vows He made to Jewish people? Have we non-Jewish believers taken their place in His plan? Do we now hold the rights to promises that used to be Israel’s? Have we in fact replaced her completely?
Or, as the question above asks, did He mean what He said?
Maybe that’s where we should start, by looking at what G_d actually did say and what it was He promised His people.
Before there was such a thing as “Israel,” G_d initiated a relationship with one man. He drew up an official covenant, promising Abraham that not just he but all of his offspring would inherit the covenant. (1) Taking it one huge step further, He said the covenant was going to be eternal. Translation: it would never end. (2)
So what were some of its terms? Well, G_d made it very clear what He was committing Himself to. Land-wise for starters, He gave specific geographical boundaries to mark out the territory HE had chosen for Israel. (3) – Which raises an interesting question for Replacement thinkers as to which lands in the Middle East belong to the Church today if we’ve supposedly replaced Jewish people.
G_d still wasn’t finished though. His promises grew more extravagant. Next He vowed to bless whoever blessed Israel and curse anyone cursing her. (4) He also said that He would bless the whole world through her. (5) And He swore to be with her no matter what, protecting a remnant of her people and bringing them back to the land – as often as they were driven out. (6) He vowed to forgive and open His arms to her at the very end and “choose her” for His own again. (7) Even more than that, He pledged to stand up for Israel in a major World War,swearing that He Himself will defeat the enemies who fight against her then. (8)
But all of that still wasn’t good enough. There was one more promise, a vow bigger than all the rest.The final clause in His covenant with Israel is found in Jeremiah 31 where He clearly states what event would nullify His covenant. Specific circumstances under which the whole deal would be called off, all His promises to Jewish people cancelled completely.
(I just love this fine print!)
Thus says the L_rd, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The L_rd of hosts is His name): ‘If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the L_rd, THEN the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.’(Emphasis added)
He goes on:
Thus says the L_rd: ‘IF heaven can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,’ says the L_rd.
That reads pretty clearly to me. Whenever the earth, moon and stars disappear, G_d’s relationship with Israel will be over. Or as soon as someone can measure the heavens and the foundation of the earth, that’s when He’ll be done with the nation of Israel and her people. It couldn’t be much clearer than that. Now we know what to expect when those things happen.
And this is where it comes back to you and me. Because right here is where we have to draw our own personal conclusions as far as G_d integrity is concerned.
Do you think He meant what He said?
(1) Genesis 17:7 (2) Genesis 17;8,19 (3) Genesis 13:14-17; 15:18-21; 17:8; 26:3; 35:12 (4) Genesis 12:3; Zechariah 2:8 (5) Genesis 12:2,3; 26:4 (6) Genesis 28:15; Isaiah 14:1; Zechariah 1:14; Zechariah 13; Ezekiel 34:11-16 (7) Jeremiah 31:31-33; Zechariah 2:10-12; Zechariah 1:16,17 (8) Zechariah 12:2-9; Zechariah 14:1-4; Ezekiel 38
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