God doesn’t change. If He makes a promise, He keeps His promise. I tell my kids that; every time we see a rainbow I question them. What does a rainbow mean? The response they have learned is “God keeps His promises.” Therefore, when I was introduced to “replacement theology” I was greatly disturbed.
In a condensed statement, replacement theology is the belief God has changed His mind. The descendants of Abraham are no longer God’s chosen people, but they have been replaced by the New Testament church. I have both read and heard of this teaching this past week. After drafting this post, my pastor touched on it in his sermon. Is it becoming more prominent?
This bothers me on many levels. The first is God promised to bless those who blessed them (Israel) and curse those who cursed them in Genesis 12. If by their rebellion they could be replaced, so could I. That gives me anxious pause.
Second, God’s hand upon Israel is so evident. Their history is unlike any other people. No other race has been more persecuted or endured so long. The Jewish people have outlasted the Roman invasion, the Spanish Inquisition, the German Holocaust and numerous attempts to remove them from the face of the earth. Not only has their race survived, they are back in their own land. This is unheard of! Unless you have studied God’s Word and knew God Himself through His prophets foretold it. Study their history, it is truly amazing!
Today, the people of Israel are fighting to maintain their nation, the land promised to their forefathers. They have fought to do so since becoming a nation again in 1948. Through one miraculous occurrence after another, Israel wins her battles.
The New Testament has scripture to indicate God’s people are still the Israelites, but Gentiles have been invited to share in the promises God has made to them.
The Remnant of Israel
1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture
says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]? 4 And what was God’s
answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of theirtransgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
I’m disturbed. I pray for the remnant in the land of Israel. I ask God to continue to bless and protect them. I believe I have been grafted into their family (Romans 11:17-24). I hold onto their promises because the One who promised them, promised me.
Be sure in these days to test all teaching to make sure it doesn’t contradict the Word of God. Many ideas and philosophies are being taught, but not all are true to Scripture. There are those who teach what itching ears want to hear, and there are those preaching falsehood. They are misled by the evil one. Don’t be misled in turn, know God’s truth intimately yourself.
I choose today to stand with Israel because by God’s miraculous hand, Israel is still standing. I believe the same One will keep His promises to me.
Burning within me,