All week I’ve been reading about the Church of Scotland’s conclusion that Israel has no Biblical claim to the Land. I’d hoped to link you to the document, but it seems the Church of Scotland has taken it down. They do have this explanation of the “misunderstanding.”
Still, as I read about this story again, I was prompted to write the Church of Scotland. The letter follows below. May it be a warning to any Christians who question God’s faithfulness to Israel.
I also suggest “Snaking the Scotch” by David P. Goldman. This Jewish writers seems to understand the New Testament better than most professing Christians.
To whom it may concern:
I was very distressed to read about your recent paper on Israel that concluded that the people of Israel have no right to the biblical land of Israel.
I must warn you that you are poking God in the eye.
Paul is very clear in Romans 9, 10 and 11 that God has not repudiated his people and that the promises to Israel still stand. That includes promises of the land.
In his same defense of Israel, he warns us non-Jewish believers in Yeshua the Messiah of Israel that we should not boast lest we get cut out of the tree we were grated into. Also, Paul reminds us that he himself is a Jew, proof that God still chooses the Jews. Just because some Jews deny that Yeshua is their Messiah does not invalidate God’s promises to Israel. Do you not know that even today there are Jews like Paul who proclaim Yeshua as Messiah (and are persecuted as Paul was).
The re-formation of Israel in 1948, the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 and the continued flow of Jewish immigrants to the Jewish homeland is fulfilled and fulfilling prophesy (Ezekiel 36, 37 to start). Paul is clear that the gentile believers are grafted into Israel and do not replace her wholesale.
God is clear in Zechariah 2:8 that offending Israel is poking him in the eye. God is also says that those who bless Israel are blessed and those who cursed her are cursed (Genesis 12). Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, you are playing with fire by offending God’s chosen.
In Matthew 25, the context is clear that Jesus will judge the nations (not individuals) by how they treat his brothers in the flesh, the Jews.
We who see Messiah are chosen, but that does not invalidate God’s choice of Israel. As he instructed Moses to tell Pharoah, “Israel is my firstborn.” (Exodus 4)
Do not forget that our Jesus is a Jew, son of Abraham and son of David, as clearly laid out in the genealogies of Matthew and Luke. We call him King because he is the heir to David’s throne in Jerusalem. The promises of his reign in Revelation and throughout the New Testament are only reiterating the promises made to Israel through the prophets of old.
Do not fear the backlash from the Jewish communities. Fear God.