Identified as Israel

Written by Ashlea Massie

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“‘So you shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in their midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.'” Ezekiel 47:22 ESV

Often when we read the Old Testament we tend to think that all the promises and prophecies written in it were only for the Israelites. We are told that it was the old covenant and does not pertain to us anymore, but when we carefully sift through passages such as this one, we are able to reveal hidden treasures, promises given to us Gentiles as well!

God speaks to Ezekiel and tells him about the future promise for Israel- that of the millenial reign and a future filled with hope and peace for Israel, and these “aliens” as well. Who are the aliens that have attached themselves to the Israelites? All of the non-Jews, the Gentiles, who will accept Christ as their Lord. This is a promise that we will be treated exactly as if we were God’s original chosen people. Not only do we get to receive this undeserved honor, we have an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel!

When we accept Christ as Savior we are given the same rights and privileges given to God’s chosen people, the Israelites. We can celebrate all that God has done for us and confidently say we are also cared for and loved just as much as the Israelites. We are not cast offs, but God’s chosen people, adopted through salvation, and written about repeatedly throughout the Old Testament, as testimony to God’s deep and unfailing love for us.

Take heart in this passage and dwell upon God’s promise to you!

Dear Lord, Thank you for the sacrifice of Christ for us, for allowing us to be part of Your chosen people. Amen.

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Sift through Old Testament passages that speak about the future hope for the Gentiles. Find a reference Bible to help you cross-reference those passages and revel in the love of God!

Have you ever doubted God’s love for you? Have you ever wondered if the Israelites received special treatment above Gentiles? 

3 Responses to “Identified as Israel”

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hello Hyleeblssd (I love your name. Your parents are very creative) you ask a question that has been asked from the very beginning of Christianity. Paul wrote about this in Romans and his answer is clear but also leaves us with a bit of a mystery. In 11:26 he wrote, “all Israel will be saved…” but he also wrote, “not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel” (9:6) God is faithful in His covenant. He will not abandon the people of Israel. The promise of Jeremiah 31:33 ““But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.” has been fulfilled, is being fulfilled and will be fulfilled. Jesus is that new covenant that God promised. Today we see Jews turning to Christ and becoming a witness to the rest of the family of Jacob, difficult though that may be. We also know that Jesus will work powerfully in the hearts of the children of Israel in the last days and they will collectively acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah and will return to God in great numbers. But there will still be those who refuse to believe and God will not force them to follow Him. They will still need to make a personal commitment of faith in Jesus.

    As a Gentile, the promise of a new covenant is true for you as well. God’s promise to Abram was “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) Jesus is that blessing and through Him we receive God’s promise “Those who were not my people I will call my people, and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved’. And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people.’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.'” (Paul quoting Hosea in Romans 9:25-26) Our relationship with Abraham is not through a physical lineage but is through a spiritual lineage. Paul wrote, “Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham.” (Galatians 3:6-7)

    Does that make sense?

  • Hyleeblssd says:

    Yes, I believe that Israelites “Jews” were God’s chosen people and that through Christ Jesus the “non-Jews, Gentiles” were given salvation and the same inheritance as the “Chosen” people, but the “today” Jews do not believe in Christ Jesus only God where does that put them with their salvation and inheritance? Does this fact change God’s promises? I am a “non-Jew” but a believer in Christ Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Spirit, where does that leave me in the promises of God? I am a descendant of Abraham aren’t we all? Help me to understand, thank you.

  • dianegates says:

    Ashlea, wonderful post! Even more reason to attach ourselves to Israel now. Not only for the blessing God promises those nations who bless Israel now, but for the eternal blessing of being identified as God’s chosen people.

    DiAne

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