Concluding Thoughts On The People, The Land, And The Future Of Israel by Dr. Darrell L. Bock

Every State for Israel has been providing its readers with small glimpses of a fantastic theological book about Israel (pictured left). As Dr. Bock points out “The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel is not just a book about a people. It is about the work and promises of the living God. How God treats Israel is a reflection of His character and His commitment to His own Word.” In his concluding chapter, Dr. Bock considers five key theological points which consistently surface in Christian dialogues about Israel.

Here are the five points (abridged).

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1. God made promises to national Israel about an earthly kingship of shalom centered in Jerusalem and He will be faithful to them.

Starting in Genesis and extending to Revelation, God made covenantal promises to humanity, Abraham, and the people of Israel to be a blessing to the world through them. He never veers away from that promise. In all the essays on the teaching of the Hebrew Scripture, we see this affirmed again and again in very concrete and earthly terms.

2. The future of Israel and the land is a matter of God’s word, faithfulness, and grace.

[God] holds His chosen people accountable throughout history as the Scriptures describe exile and judgment results from covenant unfaithfulness, yet never suggest a total abandonment of this people. The picture of Hosea and the declarations of prophet after prophet say God will not decisively turn His back on those with whom he made covenant. The ultimate biblical story is not about a failure of Israel that disqualified her, but about the faithfulness of God that never lets her go.

3. Gentile inclusion does not require Israel’s exclusion.

Including others in blessing need not mean the original recipients are excluded once God leads them back to the promised one. That is exactly what texts like Zechariah and Romans declare. As the Apostle Paul writes, “for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).

4. Fulfilling these promises to Israel does not express favoritism nor should it cause disunity.

As these essays [in this book] show, all this can be affirmed without dividing the church. Nor does it reflect a favoritism that inclines in that direction. After all, the election of the Jewish people was God’s doing and not man’s.

5. What the New Testament adds to previous covenant promises does not cancel what the Old Testament has already affirmed.

Any other reading of the Scriptures leads to spiritualizing the promises of the Old Testament, vacating the original meaning of these texts, and lacks full coherence with the teaching of Scripture. Such a defective approach ignores the many biblical texts that refer to the nation and the land, and so reduces the full scope of our future hope.

 

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