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ISRAELITES OR JACOBITES??


HEBREW HONEYCOMB

William Andrew Dillard

Much is heard of Israel in their present conflict with a radical segment of Arabic people. Most of the Christian world, and this writer, too, are pro-Israel. The children of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob were the recipients of the Law Covenant from God, and though left desolate in their official rejection of the Messiah, the nation has a future in the work of God. However this should not blind the Bible student to obvious truth regarding the subject, and how that applies to the present people of New Testament Covenant relationship with Him. Please put on your thinking cap!


To be anti-Israel is to be anti-Semitic. But wait, to be anti-Arab would also be anti-Semitic since both descended from Abraham and are by virtue of that Semites. However, Bible students know that God rejected Ishmael, the father of Arabic people as the heir of Abraham, choosing instead the son of Promise: Isaac. To Isaac was born two sons: Esau and Jacob. Covenant lineage is traced through Jacob due to the faithless rejection of Esau of his birthright. Stay with me in this thinking.


Jacob” (trickster) received a name change from God to that of “Israel” (He who contends with God and prevails) in his wrestling with an angel all night, signifying his hot pursuit of heavenly help in view of what he considered the Imminent, murderous wrath of Esau. Thus does his name have such marvelous and practical meaning. Quite naturally, Jacob’s children then became known as the children of Israel whether their faith and deportment merited the name or not. Happily, much of the time it did.


But in the fullness of time, God sent them the promised Messiah whom they rejected on a wholesale basis officially. While their rejection of Him is more than ample evidence that they were no longer Israel in meaning, a remnant of the faithful received the Messiah, and were by virtue of their faith and obedience to Him the sole nucleus of the New Covenant expression of God on earth, His New Testament Church. They were then the true Israel, and the New Testament Church continues to be so today. Gal. 6:16. What about the political nation that rejected Jesus, the Messiah? Jesus said their house was left to them desolate (devoid and separated from the presence and protection of God as they had known it). This precipitated the massacre and destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans. It caused the great diaspora of the last near 2,000 years. It precipitated the holocaust in WWII. It has brought on them the many and continued conflicts with Arab nations presently. The present political nation is mainly the children of Judah; hence, Jews. They have chosen to use the term Israel, but they do not have its meaning. They are in fact Jacobites. But, one day, the nation will become Israelites again. May the Lord hasten that glorious day when they shall look on Him Whom they have pierced, know true repentance, and be brought into New Covenant relationship with Him to once again be “Israel” in the sight of God.

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God’s Plan for His Churches


 

Acts 1:6-11

 

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power,” Acts 1:7. 

 

Throughout the ministry of Jesus, His followers seemed to remain in a state of confusion regarding exactly who He was and how He would fulfill the Old Testament prophesies concerning Him. For example, the Old Testament prophet, Micah, foretold that the Messiah would one day restore the kingdom of Israel to its originally intended glory: “And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem” (Micah 4:8). Since Jesus proved He was the promised One, His followers quickly connected Him with the prophecies about the Messiah and expected Him to begin the process of world domination for the glory of God. What they had forgotten, over and over again, was that Jesus had given them a job to do while waiting for Him to establish His kingdom. His followers asked Him one last time and, one last time, He reminded them of each church’s duty until He returns—make disciples of all nations. After this reminder, He ascended to Heaven.

 

It is easy for a believer to become overwhelmed or sidetracked by his present expectations of God’s activity in the world. Each believer has his own idea of who God is and what he expects Him to accomplish now and in the future. Maybe it would benefit him to take the Lord’s admonition in Acts 1:7 personally. Should he not leave the timing of God’s activities up to God and get busy obeying the last commandment Christ gave to His churches? When you find yourself worrying about the future, pour your time, energy and resources into making disciples of Jesus Christ and trust God to handle everything else.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you accomplish God’s plan for you today?

 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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