When Abraham was 75
years old God told him to leave his home in Ur and go to a land He would show him. God
unconditionally promised to make Abraham a great nation, to bless him and to
make him a blessing to everyone on earth (Gen. 12:1-4). Abraham departed,
but it took awhile for him to get to the Promised Land and he moved around
some after he arrived. A famine struck and he moved down into Egypt. While there, he got caught in
a half lie about Sarah being his sister so he eventually returned to the
Promised Land. His herds multiplied and he quickly became very rich and had
to separate from Lot (who moved to
Sodom). All of this took a few years and Abraham
still didn’t have any children, he was getting old, he couldn’t become a
great nation without children and it didn’t look like he was going to have
Eventually, God appeared
unto Abraham in a vision and the great patriarch reminded Him that he had no
children and the steward of his house, a man named Eliezer, was destined to
be his heir (Gen. 15:1-3). God clearly said, “This shall not be thine heir;
but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir”
(Gen. 15:4). A lot of time had passed in the life of Abraham, but God
refused to change His plan. Despite, Abraham’s old age, he would still have
many descendants and they would get the Promised Land.
By the time Abraham had
reached his mid-80’s God was still delaying the fulfillment of His promise
and Abraham still did not have the much desired heir. Sarah suggested he
father one by her handmaid Hagar and Ishmael was born (Gen. 16:1, 15).
When Abraham was 99
years old God said the covenant would be with Abraham and his descendants in
their generation, it would be an everlasting covenant, He would be their
God, and He would give them all the land of Canaan
for an everlasting possession (Gen. 17:8). Abraham loved Ishmael and wanted
God to make him his heir (Gen. 17:18). But
once again, God refused to change His plan. He said Sarah would bear a son
next year and they should name him Isaac. God said He would give Isaac many
descendants and the covenant would go through him (Gen. 17:15-19).
Over the years, God’s
prophets said the Jews would turn against God, but He would always restore
them, if they would repent. Isaiah predicted a time when God would bring the
Jews home a second time, they would repent, salvation would come to them and
their enemies would be destroyed (Isa. 11:1-16). Starting with the time
Isaiah said this, God returned the Jews to the land twice: once after the
Babylonian captivity and a second time after the Roman dispersion.
Following the Roman
dispersion, many years passed, there was no nation of Israel and it
looked like God couldn’t fulfil His promises in the Bible. Some in the
Church thought Jesus would come back in 1,000 years, but He didn’t, they got
tired of waiting and, like Abraham, they were ready to substitute their own
plan for God’s plan. But instead of saying Eliezer or Ishmael will be the
heir they turned to the Church and developed a false doctrine called
Replacement Theology (the idea that the Church has replaced
as the heir to God’s promises).
My point concerns
Replacement Theology: God has delayed His plan a long time, but He has not
cast away His people
Israel’s blindness is
temporary and God will never change His mind about Israel’s gifts and calling.
In the New Testament Paul asked, “I say then, Hath
God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the
seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath
not cast away his people which he foreknew” (Rom. 11:1-2b). Paul added,
“For I would not, brethren, that
ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own
conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, UNTIL the fulness of
the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). And “For
the gifts (land, etc.) and calling of God are without repentance
(God’s gifts and calling of
cannot be changed, taken back, revoked of given to the Church)” (Rom.
11:29). The Church has not, and cannot, replace Israel. God delayed His plan, but He
will not accept a substitute plan.
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