By David Zadok
After some considerations and prayer I decided to jump into the deep water of blogging. There were many reasons for it, but suffice to say that there was a need to raise yet another voice from Israel by a Jewish believer, and from a reformed perspective. Much is happening in the land of Israel, and at times there is a need to hear about it “from the scene”. But I hope not only to give an overview of what is happening in the land, but to blog about the work that God is doing in the land, because there is much to be thankful for! There is also a desire to share about the ministry both at HaGefen publishing and Grace and Truth congregation. Hope that the new HaGefen website will enhance the experience of reading the blogs as well. So I hope that as you read the web logs it will encourage you and draw you even closer to the God of Israel. I had no doubt in mind that the first entry in my blog has to be about God and his faithfulness. God has many characteristics that describe him including holy, loving, gracious, merciful, just and many others. May be a better way of putting it is the answer of the Westminster shorter catechism to the question number four, what is God? God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. Each of these describes an important part of his character. But for me his faithfulness is that which gives us hope in our troubled, immoral and ever evolving world. If God will not be 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 in Romans 8 Paul 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. But for me there is another important reason why God’s faithfulness is vital and that is Israel and the Jewish people. God made covenant with Abraham and the people of Israel at Mount Sinai, and also gave them promises. While some may say that they were fully fulfilled in the past, yet Paul in Romans tells us otherwise. In the chapters 9 -11 he strongly argues that God is not done with Israel. He begins his arguments by reminding all of us that all the blessings that we have in Christ come to us from the Jewish people (9:4-5). He then tells us clearly in 11:1-2 that God has not rejected his people, Israel. And then it is written in 11:25 – 26 that there will come a time that 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 gives you and I a hope under the New Covenant, but what hope we would have if He would not remain faithful to Israel, especially that our “performance” is not any better than the people of Israel in the Old Testament!