Oct 2, 2008
THE JEWISH PEOPLE
THE NATION OF ISRAEL
In the Brit
Chadashah, in Acts 17:26, the Bible says, "(G-d) has made of one blood all nations of
men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined
the times before appointed, and the boundaries of their
habitations." From one man, Adam, G-d has made every nation
of men to scatter and settle on the whole face of the earth, G-d
knowing beforehand which nations would rise and fall and at what
time they would be in power. God also fixed their boundaries ahead
of time for these certain periods of time.
God established the boundaries of the nation of Israel about 4000 years ago, during the time of Abraham. (See Torah: Genesis 15:18-21.) About 500 years later, G-d gave the description of the boundaries of Israel in more detail to Moses. (See Torah: Deuteronomy 34:1-12.)
Abraham had two sons: Ishmael and Isaac. (Read Torah: Genesis Chapters 16, 17, 21, and 22.) Ishmael was Abraham’s son by his Egyptian maid, Hagar. Ishmael became the "father" of the Arab nations; he was the son "of the flesh", not the son which G-d had promised to Abraham. Isaac was the "son of the promise", but Ishmael was the result of Abraham trying to "help G-d out" - trying to help G-d keep His word. Have you ever tried to do this? Have you ever acted too quickly instead of waiting with patience for the promise of G-d to come to pass?
In Genesis 21:12, G-d said unto Abraham, "in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Through the line of Isaac the promised "seed" would come who would bless the world. Isaac had twin sons named Esau and Jacob. Even though Jacob was the younger, he inherited the blessing, or "birthright", form his father Isaac (Torah: Genesis 25:19-34).
Jacob’s name was changed to Israel one time after he had wrestled with an angel of G-d all night (Torah: Genesis Chapter 32). The name "Jacob" means "heel catcher" or "supplanter" (one who displaces, as he did to his brother Esau in regard to the birthright). The name Israel means "having power with God" or "G-d’s fighter". A change had happened in Jacob’s life; he began to see the purpose of G-d for his life! Have you had a change in your life? Do you have a vision of what G-d wants you to do? If so, you will be changed! This change doesn't have to take place when you're young ... it might be after you've "weathered" the years (or rather, after the years have "weathered" you!).
The G-d of Israel is the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had 12 sons who became the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel. Now you see where the nation of Israel came from: from the seed of Abraham, starting with Abraham's grandson, Jacob. Jacob (Israel) was the father of the 12 tribes. G-d called Abraham out and he became a blessing to the whole earth through his obedience. It was through his (Abraham’s) seedline that Yeshua came. Abraham produced a nation (Israel) and that nation produced the Messiah: Yeshua ha Meshiach.
The name "Jew" was first used to refer to someone from the tribe of Judah. Later, after the return from the 70 year captivity in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (we will study this in a later podcast), the name "Jew" was used to refer to anyone from any of the 12 tribes, since the tribe of Judah seemed to make up the larger portion of the remnant of Israel. The children of Israel were originally called "Hebrews". In the Brit Chadasha, the Rabbi Shaul (the apostle Paul) was called a Hebrew; and yet the two terms, "Hebrew" and "Jew", are now used with little distinction.
QUESTION: Have you spent time (or, are you spending time) alone with G-d for the reception and the development of the VISION for G-d's purpose in your life? That VISION will help you PERSIST through trials and hardships so that G-d's PROMISE will be fulfilled in your life! If not, start TODAY.
Bow your heart before him NOW. Claim this promise in Jeremi ah 33:3: "Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you GREAT and MIGHTY things which you do not know."
Pray to the G-d
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ask Him to reveal to you if Yeshua is
really your Messiah. If He does, then receive Him into your life.
Pray, and ask Him what He wants you to do. Read the Tanakh and the
Right now there
are 144,000 Jewish men: 12,000 out of every tribe of Israel who
will be prophets of G-d (nabi'm) in the final days of Planet
Earth. Oh, they may not know what tribe they are from, but G-d
knows every tribe and all the members of each tribe.
prepare the earth for the re-appearing of Messiah Yeshua to
establish His Kingdom. These Jewish men are separated unto
God for special service. Some already know they are called – some
do not. God will begin to show them with signs they can NOT
haba b’Shem Adonai.
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