Welcome back! We have introduced the concept of Biblical Zionism and considered the Biblical principles of Israel’s right to the land. Yesterday we focused on the idea that, while God’s promise of land to the Jewish people in the Abrahamic Covenant is everlasting, Israel’s right to actually live in the land is conditional upon their faithful obedience.
True to Ezekiel’s prophecy, the nation of Israel was re-born (May 14, 1948) and the Jews have returned to their homeland. Sadly, they have returned largely as secular people, hardly differing from other nations. The nationalist Zionist movement is primarily a function of the pioneering spirit of their founders, the regional supremacy of the IDF and human achievements. Israeli society is experiencing moral decline, which ultimately could draw corrective measures from their covenant-making God.
Just as a loving father disciplines his children, so God will discipline His people in order to correct them and draw them to Himself. Thus, though God will not uproot His people, He might adjust the borders of the Land for a limited time.
One thing is for certain, though: God did not restore Israel in order to exile her again. He will ultimately reconcile her to Himself! What a gracious God!
Israel’s boundaries cannot be understood outside the context of their spiritual condition. Let’s pray that Jewish eyes will be open to see and recognize the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their own.