This week we will look at the return of Israel to the Lord. We have been studying a book titled Target Israel, written by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson. Today we will look at the introduction to this topic. Then how God pleads with His people and conclude with the Day of Grace.
Israel Returns to the Lord
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)
“The prophecies of the rebirth of the nation of Israel center on three elements: the people’s return to the land, their return to life, and ultimately, their return to the Lord himself. That may sound strange to Jewish people. They would respond, “We’ve always believed in the Lord God, Yahweh Himself, the God of Israel, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. “ While that is true intellectually and theologically, the real issue is, Do you really believe in Him personally, spiritually? Is He Lord and God and Savior in your life on a personal basis?” (Target Israel, pages 51-52)
This question is not just for Jewish people. It is the question that everyone needs to ask themselves. Those who profess to be believers in Jesus Christ especially need to ask themselves whether they truly believe. Do people know that you are a believer? Do you talk about Christ? Do you exemplify the Scriptural principles found in Paul’s epistles?
Ponder these things.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001