Grateful for Israel

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), November 26

images“. . . My brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of who are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen” (Rom. 9:4-5).

It was a good day in history when:

  • God spoke to Abraham and promised him that his descendants would be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:3).
  • Jacob declared that Shiloh would come through the descendants of Judah (49:10).
  • God brought Israel up out of Egypt and gave them the law and a preview of Christ through the Tabernacle and sacrificial system (Exodus).
  • God promised King David that he would never lack a descendant upon his throne (2 Sam. 7:13).
  • God spoke to Isaiah about “light to the Gentiles” (Is. 42:6).
  • God spoke to Jeremiah and Ezekiel of a new covenant (Jer. 31:31-33; Ez. 34:25-27).
  • Gabriel announced to a young virgin that she would have a son who would inherit the throne of David (Lk. 1:32-33).
  • The Father raised Christ from the dead and accepted His substitutionary offering for man’s sin (2 Cor. 5:21)
  • Christ commissioned and empowered His disciples to take the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth (Mt. 28:9-10)
  • Saul met the resurrected Christ and inaugurated his ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15-16)

Israel’s story is the foundation of our story; therefore, every Gentile believer owes a debt to Israel.

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Rom. 8:18-10:21):

Because we still live in the body yet to be redeemed the Holy Spirit “helps us in our weaknesses.” Describe how He helps us.
How are believers to view the tribulations that come from living in an unredeemed body in a broken world?
How are believers to view their role in this world?