First the Question: Israel exceedingly erred in that they sought righteousness not by Faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. True or False?
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Question: Between Genesis 32:28 and Revelation 21:12 the word ISRAEL is found 2570 times. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! It is interesting to learn that in the Bible between Genesis 32:28, when the LORD changed Jacob’s name to Israel, (a prince with God), that is, from the first Book in the Bible, to Revelation 21:12, (the last mention of Israel in the last Book of the Bible), we find the word ‘ISRAEL’ about 2570 times. To understand the Bible intelligently we must know much concerning the past, present and future of the Nation of ISRAEL, God’s peculiar “TREASURE”, called in Matthew 8:12, “the children of the Kingdom”, and in Romans 11:21, “the natural branches”. Now, out of the 767 responses we received to this question, 90% of you got it right! Terrific! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at an indepth look at...
The Three Elections of the Nation of Israel, part 1 of 3
The Lion and Lamb Ministry has been wanting for some time now to set down a series of messages on three very important chapters in the Book of Romans, namely Romans 9-11. And here it is “The Three Elections of the Nation of Israel. This is part one of three. Ok, here we go…
First, let us see why the title “Israel”…“three Elections”. In both the Hebrew in the Old Testament Scriptures and in the Greek in the New Testament Scriptures, the word translated ‘elect’, ‘election’, both in the verb and the noun form is also translated ‘choose’ and ‘the chosen’.
In Romans 11 we shall consider the two elections of Israel; but for the first election let us read several verses of Scripture written centuries before the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. We read in Deuteronomy 7:6-7, concerning God’s election of Israel, “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth…The LORD did not set His love upon you, because ye were more in number than any other people: for ye were the fewest of all people.” Then note carefully the next verse, which throws much light on Romans 11:26-29, “But because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
As we learn why God saved Israel from Pharaoh and Egypt, we then read Jeremiah 16:14-15 and Isaiah 60:20-21, “the days come, with the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, But, the LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of the north, and from all the lands whither He had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers”...”The LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended...Thy people also all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever.” Why? That the LORD may be glorified.
In Ezekiel 36:21-22 and Ezekiel 36:31-32 we learn that Israel’s future redemption and restoration will be for the LORD’s own Holy Name’s sake. In Romans 11:26 we learn that Israel will be saved, after God has accomplished His own eternal purpose during this temporary and parenthetical age and dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace. Why? Because God’s gifts and calling are without repentance and it’s for the fathers’ sake. (Romans 11:27-29). The fathers are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We recall the words of the Son of God on earth in Matthew 22:32, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Israel). God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Let us note in Exodus 2:24-25 and in Exodus 12:40-41 why and when God visited Israel in their Egyptian bondage and led them out under Moses in fulfillment of Genesis 15:13-14 (at the end of 430 years on the selfsame day), “God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and with Jacob.” “God had respect unto them (Israel).” “For the fathers’ sake”...“The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” God confirmed His covenant with an oath. (Hebrews 6:17; Genesis 22:16).
THE LORD GOD CHOSE ABRAHAM AND JACOB (ISRAEL)
Note Nehemiah 9:7, “Thou art the LORD, the God, Who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham.” Now Psalm 135:4, “For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure.”
It is interesting to learn that in the Bible between Genesis 32:28, when the LORD changed Jacob’s name to Israel, (a prince with God), that is, from the first Book in the Bible, to Revelation 21:12, (the last mention of Israel in the last Book of the Bible), we find the word ‘ISRAEL’ about 2570 times. “ISRAEL” or “ISRAELITE” is found in the three chapters of Romans we are considering with other Scriptures 14 times. To understand the Bible intelligently we must know much concerning the past, present and future of the Nation of ISRAEL, God’s peculiar “TREASURE”, called in Matthew 8:12, “the children of the Kingdom”, and in Romans 11:21, “the natural branches”.
As to the past election of Israel and the future election of Israel, it is interesting to compare Ezekiel 20:5 and Isaiah 14:1, “Thus saith the LORD God: In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up Mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made Myself known unto them in the land of Egypt”…“For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose ISRAEL, and set them in their own land.” With Isaiah 14:1 let us read Zechariah 1:17 and Zechariah 2:12, “The LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem”…”And the LORD shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.”
When the LORD God foretold what He was going to do for Israel by the hand of Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1-3), He said, “for Jacob, My servant’s sake and ISRAEL Mine elect.” Isaiah 45:4. “But thou, Israel, art My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend.” Isaiah 41:8. “Thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob and He that formed thee, O ISRAEL…Fear not for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.” Isaiah 43:1. “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.” Isaiah 43:15. “I have created him for My glory.” Isaiah 43:7. One other verse concerning the future glory of Israel, Isaiah 65:9: “I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of My mountains: and Mine ELECT shall inherit, and My servant shall dwell there.”
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)