The thoughts of a Christadelphian – May 2018
Why I believe – Israel are God’s witnesses
The book of Genesis tells us about a man called Abraham who, when God asked him to, left his home and family and travelled to a country he had never been to before. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a multitude and that he and his descendants would inherit the land he had journeyed to. The multitude is the Jewish people and the land is Israel.
Some 400 years later, when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, there were around 2 million of them! God keeps His promises. They travelled through the wilderness and eventually came to the land God had promised them.
As they entered the land to conquer it, God promised to bless and prosper them in it IF they followed His commandments. But if they didn’t then things would go wrong. “The Lord will bring you …a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known.” (Deuteronomy 28 v36). Unfortunately, the Israelites did not follow God, choosing to worship other gods instead. Eventually the Babylonians and the Assyrians conquered their land and took them captive. Many of them returned to the land later on, only for it to be decimated again under the Roman rule just after the time of Jesus.
For 2000 years the Jews had no homeland and they lived in little pockets all over the world. For any other race, this would have meant ceasing to exist but not God’s people. God had promised that one day He would bring them back to their land, “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” (Ezekiel 11 v 7). A hundred and fifty years ago this would have sounded absolutely impossible! But on 14th May this year, Israel celebrated 70 years of being a state. This shows, once again, that God keeps His promises.
“You are My witnesses,” says God of Israel through Isaiah (43 v 10). They aren’t perfect and they aren’t the only people God cares about, but they are the people He chose to show the world His plan. And that plan is not yet complete, there are wonderful things still to come!