For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. Deuteronomy 7:6
Moses, the servant of the Lord, spoke those words to the nation of Israel just before they were to enter the promised land. They weren’t the biggest or strongest, but they belonged to God.
The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Deuteronomy 7:7
God Had Chosen these People
Why had God chosen these people above everyone else? Why was He willing to destroy seven nations so they could inhabit the land?
Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:8
On the day of this writing, war broke out in Israel. As we slept, Palestinian militants from Gaza attacked the southern part of Israel. Over 3,000 missiles showered the country.
This prompted the Israeli President to declare war. The Islamist group who made the attack also called on other like groups to attack Israel from all sides.
These enemies of Israel don’t understand that they have attacked the chosen people of God. He swore an oath to them, and God always keeps His Word.
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9
God Has Also Chosen Us as His People
God has never taken His hand off the nation of Israel. In fact, many of the end-time events revolve around them as they finally accept Christ as their Messiah.
We must realize that God gave us, Gentiles, access to Him through His Son Jesus. So, when it comes to the Christians and the Jews, it’s not us and them.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
The Lord didn’t replace Israel with us. God included us with His chosen People. Jesus came for the decedents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but they rejected Him.
Because they rejected Jesus, Paul also had quite a burden for them.
My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them. Romans 9:2-3
But God didn’t go to plan B by including us when Israel rejected Him. No, the Lord decided in advance to adopt us. I’m telling you this to let you know we’re all in the same family.
Are We Close to the End Time Events?
So, as I watched the news today, my heart went out to the Israelis. I saw people in gurneys pushed toward ambulances and black smoke rolling out of burning buildings.
I’m not as concerned so much about their defeat because God has a covenant with His chosen people.
However, they can be scattered because that has happened more times throughout their history than we’d care to count. They won’t be scattered, though, if we are closing in on the end of time.
I know Jesus said in the end times, many will come in His name, claiming to be the Messiah. He warned that famines and earthquakes would happen in many parts of the world.
Those things have happened many times. But He also spoke of wars. Could this one be part of the birth pains He mentioned, with more to come? I’m hoping it’s leading to an end-time event.
And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Matthew 24:6-7
How does this all fit into what God has planned for His chosen people? We don’t know, but we must pray that His will be done, whatever the case.
Pray For Israel
The Psalmist prayed a prayer in Psalm 83 that covers the immediate need of the nation of Israel. And what better way to pray for someone than praying God’s Word?
- O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.
- Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?
- They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.
- “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
- Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you. Psalm 83:1-5
Then, the Psalmist named ten kingdoms that came against the chosen people of God. The very people who attacked Israel today could be descendants of some of those kingdoms.
The Psalmist ended his prayer with the following;
- Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O Lord.
- Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace.
- Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth. Psalm 83:16-18
End-time event or not, let’s pray for Israel. As His chosen people, let’s lift them up before God.
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