Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

Israel Unlike the Rest

“As I see him from the top of the rocks, And I look at him from the hills; Behold, a people who dwells apart, And will not be reckoned among the nations. “Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, And let my end be like his!”” (Numbers 23:9–10, NASB95)

As Balaam looked down the rocky mountain to Israel below, he recognized Israel as “a people who dwells apart, and will not be reckoned among the nations.”  I am convinced that most Christians have forgotten this truth.  In one church after another, a replacement theology has reckoned the church as the new Israel. Political Israel, therefore, is no different than political, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, or Egypt. We have failed to recognize that the Bible consistently and unequivocally gives a unique standing for the nation of Israel. Though we live in a day in which, for the purposes of salvation, there is “neither Jew nor Greek,” the distinction and advantages for Israel in non-salvation matters are still intact. In fact, God has said that his covenant with Israel is an eternal covenant. Unless we believe that the “eternal life” promises given to Christians can later be revoked, we better believe that God’s covenant with Israel is permanent.

Because of this distinction, Balaam the prophet says, “Let me die the death of the upright, and let my death be like his!” Balaam realizes that even though Israel has currently abandoned her Lord, in the end, “all Israel will be saved.”

Will you stand with Israel?

In His Grace;

Dr. Randy White

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