Israel and the Faithfulness of God

By Ryan Dawson 

The Lord is good at keeping His promises!  Because God is Holy and the very essence of Love and Truth, He cannot lie or fail to remain faithful to His people.  God is a covenant God and He will keep His promises.  The story of God’s rescue mission to defeat evil and redeem all of creation, is recounted in the Bible.  This epic story reveals God’s faithfulness and His faithfulness begins with Israel and then extends to all those grafted into the family of God by grace through faith, in Jesus Christ.

God says to Abraham recorded in Genesis 12:1-3.  “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

To experience God and His faithfulness we need to have a proper understanding of the critical role the nation of Israel plays in God’s redemptive story.  Alan Gilman, who is a local Bible teacher and pastor, with a Jewish heritage, shared a very helpful seminar this month that is an invaluable resource for those who want to live Biblically in our days.  He entitled it:  Israel and the Faithfulness of God and you can watch it on Youtube or listen to it on Alan’s podcast Thinking Biblically.  I want to strongly encourage you to check it out because I believe you will be encouraged and enlightened in your faith, as you seek to live for Jesus Christ in these days.

God is faithful to keep His promises.  So, we pray along with the psalmist…

Psalm 125  
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people
    both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
    over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
    their hands to do evil.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
    to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways
    the Lord will banish with the evildoers.

May it be so for us and for Israel.  
Blessings, Ryan