By David Zadok
After some consideration and prayer, I have decided to jump into the deep water of blogging. There are many reasons, but suffice it to say that there is a need to raise yet another voice from Israel by a Jewish believer from a reformed perspective. Much is happening in the land of Israel, and at times there is a need to hear it “from the source.” I plan to blog about the work God is doing in the land because there is so much to be thankful to God for in all that he is doing. There is also a need to write about our ministry here both with HaGefen Publishing and Grace and Truth congregation. I hope the new HaGefen website will enhance your reading experience as well.
May reading the weblogs be an encouragement and draw you even closer to the God of Israel.
There was no doubt in my mind that my first blog entry would have to be about God and his faithfulness. God has many attributes which describe him as holy, loving, gracious, merciful, just to name a few. Maybe a better way of putting it is the answer to question number four of the Westminster shorter catechism: What is God? God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. Each of these adjectives describes an important part of God’s character. But for me, his faithfulness is the one that gives us hope in our troubled, immoral and the ever evolving world. If God is not faithful to his promises and covenants, then we have no hope for our future. The fact that we know he will keep his promises no matter what helps us to move forward with confidence. And for this reason, Paul, in Romans 8, can write with full assurance that there is nothing in the universe that can separate us from the love of God that is in Messiah. While the power of God plays an important part in this promise, his faithfulness is the foundation on which the promise stands.
For me, there are two other important reasons why God’s faithfulness is vital and that is Israel and the Jewish people. God made a covenant with Abraham and the people of Israel at Mount Sinai and also gave them promises. While some may say that those promises were completely fulfilled in the past, Paul in Romans tells us otherwise in Chapters 9 -11. He argues strongly that God is not done with Israel. He begins his argument by reminding all of us that all the blessings we have in Christ come to us from the Jewish people (Rom. 9:4-5). He then tells us clearly in Rom 11:1-2 that he has not rejected his people, Israel, and again in verses 25 and 26, that there will come a time when all Israel will be saved.
This will happen not because of the faithfulness of Israel, but rather because of God’s faithfulness to what he has promised. As always, it is not about us and how good we are or our works, but his faithfulness and acts of grace. And because of them, he will bring back his people of old to himself. This also gives you and me hope under the New Covenant. But what hope would we have if he did not remain faithful to Israel, especially since our “performance” is not any better than the people of Israel in the Old Testament!