The Converted Nation and The Translated Word #1

Monday, February 1, 2016

“He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 147:19,20 KJV).

Herein do we see God’s head of the nations—Israel!

Friend, if you have ever attended, or are still attending, services in a denominational church, there is no question that you have heard of “the nation Israel.” More often, however, you have heard her verses quoted as though they were to and about you. There is a lot of talk about Israel, a lot of reading her verses, but almost nothing said about why God formed her. Systematic theology—the curriculum used in most seminaries and Bible colleges—practically ignores the nation Israel. Nearly 80 percent of our Bible focuses on the nation Israel and God’s plan for her. To misunderstand Israel is to complicate most of the Bible. As one brother says, “You will never understand your Bible if you never understand the nation Israel!” (Now we know why precious few ever understand the Bible!)

Today’s Scripture concludes Psalm 147, one of the book’s five closing “Praise ye the LORD” psalms (146-150)—see the opening and closing verses of these chapters. Israel is exhorted, both in history and in the future, to praise JEHOVAH God for Him giving them His Word. Of all the nations, up to that point in history, God had only given His Word to Israel!

Moses told Israel, just before re-giving her the Law in Deuteronomy chapter 4: “[6] Keep therefore and do them [God’s commandments]; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. [7] For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? [8] And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?”

Why did God select Israel? We shall see!

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