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GENESIS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 2– LESSON 2
Now the Earth Was
2Now the earth was[a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
The first lesson in this series ended With God’s covenant promise to Israel declaring his choice to make the Israelite nation His treasured possession out of all nations on the earth though all nations are his.
What was the price for this choice?… “Full obedience and keeping God’s covenant”
God also said the following about Israel, whom he has chosen, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. Jer. 31:3.
God also let Israel know in addition to his choice of them he was fulfilling covenants made to their fore fathers.
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Dt. 7:7-8
Renald E. Showers, says in summary of Old Testament scholar H. J. Zobel’s, first of three, principles; about the mercy of God towards Israel:
“God’s attitudes that prompted His merciful actions for the Israelites were his love for them and his commitment to keep the covenant that he swore into effect with their ancestors.”
(1) God’s mercy, per H. J. Zobel, involves action that is prompted by an attitude. It is an act that protects or improves life; that alleviates suffering, calamity, loss, disappointment, and sorrow.
IsraelI Have Loved with an Everlating Love
Next in the series of summaries of Zobel’s three principals involved in God’s mercy:
(2) God’s Mercyalways involves interpersonal relationships.
In summary Renald Showers says, Moses indicated that God established a unique, interpersonal relationship with the people of Israel: 6 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.”
The Third principal involved in God’s mercy per Zobel;
(3) God’s mercy must endure and be reliable throughout time for the sake of a tolerable interpersonal relationship.
Quoting Renald Showers : King David wrote “ Who is like your people, like Israel, the one nationon the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people…You have made Your people Israel Your very own peopleforever; and You LORD, have become their God” (2 Sam. 7:23-24).
Because God’s mercy toward the people of Israel involves His commitment to keep His covenant with them, and because He established that covenant with them forever, He will never allow Israel to be annihilated. There will always be Jewish people to experience His mercy or loving-kindness.
God has promised that despite Israel’s sins, it, (his mercy), will never be destroyed. (Nor will the Israelite nation).
When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), he will not forsake you nor destroy you,nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
Additionally in Jerimiah 30:11 God said ,
“I am with you, says the LORD, to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.”
The apostle Paul told the Gentiles, Concerning the gospel they [the people of Israel] are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are IRREVOCABLE. (Romans 11:28-29. )
In An article in Israel My Glory magazine, (September/October 2011), Thomas C.
“Today the world seems to think the way to peace is to dismantle Israel and give it to the Arabs. David Bar Illian called this “ the peace of the grave.” Since his death the Middle East has grown no friendlier to the Jewish people. When CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan covered the Egyptian revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in February, a mob of Muslem men beat and sexually assaulted her, shouting ”Jew, Jew!” Logan is not Jewish. The word Jew was simply the worst thing they could think to call her…
Yet someday Egypt will serve the God of Israel: Isa. 19:21-22… Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
…In that day, Israel will possess all the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and will enjoy peace like a river:
Isa. 66-12 For this is what the Lord says: I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. . .
Today Israelis must work with a spade in one hand and a gun in the other. But a new day is coming. . . .You shall no longer be termed Forsaken… but you shall be called Hephzibah [literally, “my delight is in her”] and your land Beulah [‘married]. They shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of thelanddevour them; but they shall dwell in safty, and no one shall make them afraid (Isa. 62:4; Ezek. 34;28)
From Israel My Glory Magazine Sept. Oct. 2011:
Doing the right thing is not always easy. It often requires courage and involves standing up for what you believe despite opposition. Recently two men have done the right thing regarding Israel.
At the annual Group of eight(G-8) conference, leaders of France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Russia, and United States meet to discuss world events and issues.
This year’s G-8 summit was held in Deauville France, where the United States proposed that leaders endorse a statement advocating Israel’s retreat to pre-1967 borders as a precondition for peace negotiations. This position they were told, was “nothing new.”
Actually, it was new. In fact, no sitting American president had ever suggested it publically. Six of the seven other leaders backed the stance. However unanimity was needed to push the proposal through.
One man, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, voted no, thus making a joint statement impossible. Harper defended Israel, standing by a promise he had made in November 2010 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. . . . As long as I am Prime Minister, whether it is at the United Nations, the Francophonie, or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand whatever the cost. I say this, not because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israeli mob tells us all too well if we listen to it, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish People are a threat to all of us.
God promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and…curse him who curses you” (Gen. 12:3)
Thanks also to U. S. Rep. Dan Burton (R-In) for sponsoring H. R. 1006, the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2011. In an attempt to get the American government to do what it voted to do 16 Years ago. Both houses of Congress overwhelmingly voted to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999. Senate vote 93 to 5; House vote 374 to 37; by what standard of political democratic reason can 42 votes against prevail over 467 ?
What are you waiting for America keep your word?!
A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit, The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him─the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, The Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord─ and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by with he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his hears; but with righteousnesshe will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
“Israel has no better friend Than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advocate peace. We stand together to fight terrorism. . . .In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is Americas unwavering ally.
Israel has always been Pro-American. Israel will always be Pro–American. My friends you do not need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You do not need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You do not need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves. You’ve been very generous in giving us toolsto do the job of defending Israel on our own Thank you all.”
Israel Prime Minister
Addressing U.S. Congress
May 24, 2011