Choose Someone Else Please

What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory – even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:

“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”

and, “In the very place where it was said to them,
    ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.'”

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:

“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
    only the remnant will be saved.
For the Lord will carry out
    his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”

It is just as Isaiah said previously:

“Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.”
Romans 9:22-29

It is obvious that Israel has a special place in God’s heart. They are God’s chosen people. Many Christians understand what Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” meant when he prays to God, “I know we are the Chosen People, but just this once – just once – could you choose someone else?”

Israel has been a nation for 64 years but relatively few of those years have been in peace. They are surrounded by nations who despise them, by governments who want to see them removed from the map, and by the rest of the world because of their supposed mistreatment of Palestinians. It really is a matter to behold, how this tiny nation can cause such consternation throughout the world.

The Bible tells us to ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” Psalms 122:6-7

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