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Are Jews Still Loved By God?
Posted 9/24/08
From: http://www.godissues.org/articles/articles/455/1/Does-God-still-love-the-Jews/Page1.html


Does God still love the Jews?
By Dr. Jim Denison Published 10/3/2005 Questions from the Bible Answer
I will never forget my visit to the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Each moment of those hours has haunted me for years. The pile of shoes which is all that remains of thousands of cremation victims; images of living skeletons and sunken eyes; Nazi tattoos on arms and souls.

If the Jews were truly God's "chosen people," how could such atrocity befall them? Why did he "choose" them? Does he still love them?

Did God choose the Jews?

Today the world Jewish population numbers about 13 million. About six million live in the United States; 4.5 million live in Israel; the remainder are scattered across the world. Most are "Ashkenazim," descendants of Jewish communities in central and Eastern Europe. Others are "Sephardim," descendants of Jews from Spain, Portugal, other Mediterranean countries, and the Middle East.

The Jewish people trace their beginnings to Abraham (ca. 2000-1800 B.C.), a nomadic shepherd living in what is now southeastern Iraq. God called him to leave his homeland for a "promised land" (Gen 12:1-2), with this result: "all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (v. 3). Through their nation, God would one day bring the promised Messiah (the "chosen one") whose sacrifice would make possible the salvation of the human race. And so the Lord chose the Jews as his conduit of blessing to the nations.

Along the way, the Jewish nation had every reason to wonder if they were really his chosen people, if God truly loved them. They experienced 430 years in Egyptian slavery, 40 years of wilderness wandering, and seven years of bloodshed and suffering as they conquered their Holy Land. Then civil war divided the nation permanently. Assyrian conquest destroyed their ten northern tribes. Babylonian conquest enslaved their two southern tribes. Then came oppression by the Greeks and finally enslavement by the Romans.

By the New Testament era, it seemed that God had abandoned the Jewish people. They had every reason to wonder if he still loved them. They are not the last.

Does God choose us?

Here is the central fact we must remember: though the Jews rejected the Messiah, he has not rejected them. The Apostle Paul said, "Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles come in" (Ro 11:25b). The "hardening" here is spiritual, that hardening of the arteries of the soul which comes from refusing the gospel.

Because the Jews rejected Christ, his followers turned to the Gentiles. His church took the gospel to the Gentile world. With this result: the "full number of the Gentiles," meaning the entire Gentile world, could "come in" to God's kingdom.

So God used the Jewish refusal of Christ, but Christ has not refused them. "And so all Israel will be saved," Paul continues (v. 26a). "All Israel" here does not mean that every Jew will be saved apart from Christ-Paul spoke in Romans 9:2 of his "great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart" over the lostness of his Jewish nation. The apostle meant that the entire race of the Jews would have opportunity to come to salvation, just as the Gentiles now have that privilege.

How? Through the Gentiles, God offers salvation to the Jews. Paul said it this way: "I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them" (Ro 11:13-14). The apostle hoped that the Jews would see the Gentiles coming to salvation, become jealous, and come to Christ as a result. Then God could fulfill his covenant to "take away their sins" (v. 27).

Here's the point: despite all they have endured, all the failures and slaveries and pain they have faced, "they are loved" (v. 28). Verse 29 promises that God's "gifts" (the word means his "grace") and call are "irrevocable"-he will never take them back or regret them. One day he hopes to "have mercy on them all" (v. 32).

And what God promised to the Jews, he promised to the Gentiles as well. Galatians 3 announces this incredible fact: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (vs. 28-29).

The Jewish people rejected the Messiah, but he did not reject them. Now you have failed the Father; you have sometimes refused his truth; we have all sinned and fallen short of his glory (Ro 3:23). We have rejected God's word and will, but he has not rejected us. No matter what you've done or where you've done it, he loves you still. This is exactly what his word promises every one of us, with no exceptions, today.

Conclusion

Now God wants us to accept his unconditional grace and love. Are you trying to earn God's mercy? Punishing yourself for your failures? Confessing sins to God which he has already forgiven and forgotten? Laboring in guilt you won't release? Allowing the past to poison the present?

There are many Old Testament Christians today-people who are saved by grace but live by works, keeping the Law, making sacrifices, living in religious duty and obligation and ritual, hoping to earn what Jesus died to give. Are you among them?
Posted 9/24/08
*yawns* religous topic again! =/

don't mind me im bored
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Jews had it hard for a long time(okay, big understatement ), but i doubt that's the case now.
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h4x0rz wrote:

Jews had it hard for a long time(okay, big understatement ), but i doubt that's the case now.


Judaism and Islam have a lot in common, so i guess a Jew and a Muslim would prolly come up with the same answers.

Posted 9/24/08
why should i care ... im not jewish
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BurningRb wrote:

*yawns* religous topic again! =/

don't mind me im bored


i agree dude ... religious topics are plaguing the forums
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drunk_ghost wrote:

why should i care ... im not jewish


I'm not Jewish either, but I'm not apathetic to them.
Posted 9/24/08
It is said that God loves everyone. And I'm getting tired of arguing about religion.
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drunk_ghost wrote:

why should i care ... im not jewish


i guess you harbor no love for youre fellow men i see
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Jewish are religious emo.
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Khemia wrote:

It is said that God loves everyone. And I'm getting tired of arguing about religion.


it is also said that god Condems idol worshinping.doesnt that mean he persecutes the religions who worship other gods
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man i hate God.... dont ask me why but seriously i think he doesnt care about anything but himself and his will
Posted 9/24/08
Well, I thought that once they get back their Israel, then their Messiah should appear, so far he is still missing. Damn it.

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Posted 9/24/08

WrathOfCanis wrote:

man i hate God.... dont ask me why but seriously i think he doesnt care about anything but himself and his will


and this is why atheist make me sick.people like you think god is to blame for the world as it is. he is not god gave us life and free will and you know hat we did with it we made weapons we sin we made a mocker of his religion and defyed him.look into the mirror and see the world as it is. a world that god tryed to stop.
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Posted 9/24/08

A_D_E25 wrote:


WrathOfCanis wrote:

man i hate God.... dont ask me why but seriously i think he doesnt care about anything but himself and his will


and this is why atheist make me sick.people like you think god is to blame for the world as it is. he is not god gave us life and free will and you know hat we did with it we made weapons we sin we made a mocker of his religion and defyed him.look into the mirror and see the world as it is. a world that god tryed to stop.


Right just clear this up atheist do not believe in god and as such they can not hate what does not exist. Also, that would mean they would be unable to blame him for how the world turned out. You can't defy something that you refuse to believe exists. Get your info straight before you make a post.
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