Monday, January 5, 2015

Does God Ever Change His Mind?

    Can you ever imagine the God of the Bible, the true and living God, failing to keep His Word? Does the Bible say anything about the nation of Israel’s existence and its future? For anyone familiar at all with the Bible, the answer must be a resounding “Yes, there is much in the divine record about Israel’s past, present, and future.” The issue is not, Does the Bible address the issue? But rather, Is what the Bible says about it to be understood literally or figuratively?

    The belief that because Jewish leaders led the nation established in 1948 to reject Jesus as Israel’s Messiah, God has in fact permanently rejected Israel and has replaced it with the church, has come to be called “Replacement Theology.” Let it be said clearly and forcefully; there is nowhere in the Bible that this view finds any support. In fact, Scripture has much to say about Israel’s future. God has not replaced Israel with the church. Both the nation Israel and the church are alive and well on planet earth and will be until God fulfills all His promises to both.

    Here are some of the many passages which when understood literally strongly and clearly tell us the true and living God has not and will not forsake His people. He never changes His mind or in any way fails to do all He promises to do. These verses assure us that God has not set aside His promises to the nation: Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 43; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Zechariah 14:1-9; and Romans 9–11.