The Mystery of the People of Israel

Fredy Peter

In Jeremiah 31, God declares that Israel will remain His people as long as the sun, moon, and stars exist (vv. 35-36). This chapter is one of the strongest arguments for the permanent election of the Jewish people.

Mark Twain (1835-1910), author and world traveler, wrote in 1899, “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

“His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor; then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and the Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

The secret lies in the election and calling of Israel by the only true, eternal, and living God! “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer 31:3).

Verses 31-40 of Jeremiah 31 are among the most wonderful in the entire Old Testament. They demonstrate with strong arguments that Israel is safe in God’s hands, even in times of great turmoil and distress.

God promises His people:

1. A new covenant: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”

2. Spiritual renewal: “…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts…”

3. National renewal: “…and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

4. Legal renewal: “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

5. Security in renewal: “…If heaven can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel…”

6. Topographical renewal: Jerusalem will be built “unto the Lord…it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.”

All of these commitments will be fulfilled with certainty. Israel will not perish!

As with Israel, Jesus Christ will surely also succeed with us and our lives (see Phil 1:6). We can trust that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom 8:28), and that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:39).

News from Israel - 10/2018

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