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The people of Israel

The journey of the people of Israel is a fascinating story, and understanding it could possibly make your own life story too. It began when God called Abraham, and said to him, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee" Acts 7:3.

He obeyed, and he left and lived in Haran, in a country they now call Israel. But God, gave him no "inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child" Acts 7:5.

So, God promised that eventually the whole country would belong to him and his descendants, but these descendants of his would leave the land and live in a foreign country and there become slaves for 400 years. He said  I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and afterwards they will return to this land of Israel and worship me here.

Later, Isaac was born, and Isaac had Jacob, and Jacob the 12 patriarchs, "And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house" Acts 7:9-10.

To cut the  long story short, "Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers" Acts 7:14-15.

As the time drew near when God would fulfill his promise to Abraham to free his descendants from slavery, Moses was born. 40 years later,  it came into his mind to visit his brothers, the people of Israel, supposing his brothers would realize that God had sent him to help them, but they didn't.

"He appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, 'Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?' But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?" Acts 7:26-29. Moses fled upon hearing those words, but the situation even got worse for the people of Israel.

Forty years later, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him saying, "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt."' "This Moses whom they rejected, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years" Acts 7:34-36.

After he brought them out and just before he died he made this promise, "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear" Acts 7:37.

Did they hear? No, but just like always they resisted the Holy Spirit; as they do now. Then they rebelled against Moses and God through and through and now;
  • they rejoice in the works of their own hands.
  • they always  persecute the true prophets of God.
  • they killed those who foretold the coming of the Messiah, whom they betrayed and killed.
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes" Romans 3:10-18.

Then God turned away from them and gave them up, to let them serve whatever they wanted, and their real interest was to be like other nations, and they willingly worshipped other gods. They refused to worship God the way he wanted, the way of the Spirit, but they have established their own righteousness. The people of Israel have always been at loggerheads with God, disagreeing and disputed his ways.

But redemption is in Christ Jesus: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" Romans 3: 24-26

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Laurence
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