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Israel and the Messiah

By Benjamin H. Liles

           "Now the Lord had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed'" (Genesis 12:1-3, New King James).

          It's an interesting thing to see how God, in the Old Testament scripture, set apart certain people and times for things to happen. When we come across Abram, we see how he descends from Noah and his son, Shem. God tells Abram this surprising good news: "In you all the families of the earth shall be bless; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing." I/ wonder what God's plans were. And then at the appointed time, at the age of one hundred for Abram and ninety for Sarai (Abraham and Sara, later on) Sarah has a son and names him Isaac, meaning laughter. She says of her son, "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age" (Genesis 21:6-7).
          After Isaac takes his cousin Rebekah as his wife, she bears him two sons: Esau and Jacob. At some point in Jacob's life as he's first running from his brother Esau he comes across a ladder, in a dream, and calls the place Bethel, meaning House of God, saying, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" (Genesis 28:16-17). Jacob ends up marrying Leah and her sister Rachel, and both of them give their concubines to Jacob so each of them can have sons by him. He ends up with twelve sons and a daughter. From there we take a short jog down the line of Judah, a son of Israel (Jacob has since been renamed thusly).

         From Judah the line comes down to David, a son of Jesse, and God tells David through the prophet Nathan, "When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod and with blows from others. But My faithful love will never leave him as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way. Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:12-16, Holman Christian Standard, bold and italics for emphasis).
          The whole point of this is that from the line of David we have someone who fulfills the word God spoke to His servant David. This man endured everything from the sting of rejection from His own people, the Israelite Jews who inhabited Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago. This man bore our sins and sickness and disease to establish an everlasting kingdom. Jesus Christ said to Peter, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18, Berean Study).
          This verse along with the prophecy God gave to Nathan to give David matches a dream Nebuchadnezzar had: "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy" (Daniel 2:44-45, New American Standard).
          It means the church that Jesus Christ is the head of fulfills the whole of prophecy between Israel and the Messiah. After all, God did say to Abraham, "I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." It is a promise God made and has kept. I pray this blesses you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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