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This is an excellent question! The book of Exodus tells the story of how the tribe of Levi was separated to serve the Lord. Exodus 32:26-29 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD ...


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I can't speak for God, but here's an answer from a Conservative Baptist point of view. Why does Moses who is a mere mortal have compassion for the people of Israel while God, who is of infinite goodness lacks it? The question assumes that compassion = goodness, and that God's goodness would prevent Him from executing judgment. I believe that this ...


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The term Gentile in the Bible simply means non-Jew or non-Hebrew. In Old Testament times, the Hebrews called the other non-Hebrews as Gentiles and in the New Testament, non-Jews are Gentiles. In the New Testament, Paul was famous for preaching to the Gentiles. Because Paul was a Jew, he was zealous for his own people and preached the gospel mostly to the ...


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Jacob had twelve sons by four women. They are: From Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun From Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin From Bilhah (Rachel's maid): Dan and Naphtali From Zilpah (Leah's maid): Gad and Asher Joseph, of course, had two sons - Manasseh and Ephraim. The tribe of Levi was not given an inheritance, as we see in Joshua ...


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While I believe there are political reasons to support or not support Israel, I don't feel any of those are "Christian" reasons to support Israel. God has blessed Israel and therefore is guiding them, in general, in the correct direction, and we should support this. Israel is a Jewish state. Unless God is guiding the people to follow Jesus, I'm ...


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There are several issues you bring up that need to be addressed in this question, and it is going to take a little space. Only Israel? You are correct in your assumption that God loves the whole world and not just Israel. However, Israel was, indeed, specifically chosen as part of God's plan to proclaim His name throughout the world. Here is a general ...


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The term is typically applied by Dispensational Theologians when referencing Covenant Theology. Dispensationalists believe that God is relating to the church during the church age, which we're in right now, however, he related to the Jews during the Mosaic period, using the Mosaic law. They don't believe, however, that the church has replaced Israel, but ...


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Was Jesus a Jew? Yes. He was born and raised up in a Jewish family and that was also from the descendant of King David. Did Jesus follow Judaism? Yes. He was circumcised. He followed the Torah perfectly. In fact, He knew the Torah better than anyone else. He was called Rabbi, a title given to those who teach from the Torah. John 3:1-2 (NIV) Now there ...


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Yes, Jesus was a Jew who practiced Judaism, the religion of the Bible in the 1st century. The gospels record Jesus teaching the Torah and prophets at the Temple, was called 'rabbi', kept disciples (common in 1st-century Judaism), discussed matters of the Torah (the Law) and made halachic rulings on it (e.g. Matthew 5:17-30) Did Messiah follow a particular ...


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Not at all. Israel itself has many meanings in the OT: Israel = Jacob, son of Isaac Israel = The nation of Israel (all 12 tribes of Israel) Israel = The northern tribes of Israel (as opposed to Judah) Israel = The people of God The most common usage in the Old Testament is that it's referring to the nation of Israel (the full nation until Northern ...


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Having read the lyrics, I'm not convinced this has anything to do with the biblical Jacob at all. There is no other reference, except for an oblique reference to Israel. If one does assume that this is the Jacob who became Israel (hence Jews only), then the "sleeping sons of Jacob" would probably refer to the lost 10 tribes of Israel. After Israel was ...


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This issue isn't really anything to do with Christianity, although it's an issue which Christians sometimes take sides on. When the State of Israel was created in 1947-48 Jerusalem was given a special status, not a part of Israel proper: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be ...


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Christopher Wright authors the book Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament to help modern day Christians make a correlation between Old Testament Israel and the Messiah-ship of Jesus Christ. I think this is the best resource for the answer to this question and the full text can be found here Wright begins his book by making the assertion that the Jesus of ...


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You kind of tipped your hand by using the word ideology in your question! An unscriptural ideology is at the heart of a deficient theology regarding Israel and the Christian Church. (By Church, with a capital C, I'm referring to the universal or "holy catholic" church, which is composed of all true believers in Jesus Christ.) There Is No Legitimate Argument ...


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From Scripture, they are chosen to do a number of things, for several reasons, all of which serve God's purpose. They were chosen to produce the Messiah. They were chosen to demonstrate God's power, as demonstrated in his dealings with Egypt, and throughout Scripture. They were chosen to record Scripture They were chosen to be the example, to teach us ...


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No, I do not believe so. A general theme in the Tanakh ("Old Testament") is the rebellion and faithlessness of the Israelites. This couldn't possibly be typical of the Messiah. However, the Messiah is indeed "Israel." Elsewhere in the Tanakh, the Messiah is referred to by the name "David," his ancestor (cp. Jer. 30:9; Eze. 37:24-25; Hos. 3:5). In the same ...


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Why are you assuming a one to one correspondence? The Greek here says "y'all" will judge them. The idea is that collectively you will bear witness against all of Israel. In Greek, the verse is: ἵνα ἔσθητε καὶ πίνητε ἐπὶ τῆς τραπέζης μου ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ μου, * καὶ καθήσεσθε ἐπὶ θρόνων τὰς δώδεκα φυλὰς κρίνοντες τοῦ Ἰσραήλ. κρίνοντες is a verb (to judge ...


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Fundamentally, Christians and Jews worship God the Father in similar fashion, but Christians (meaning Mainstream or Nicene aka Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) believe God to be larger than just that. Nicene Christianity confesses that God the Father is "just" one person amongst three within the Godhead. Muslims and Jews reject this. ...


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Most branches of Christianity see Jesus, the Son of God, as the Jewish Messiah in fulfillment of Jewish prophecies and foreshadowing in the Jewish Scriptures. God foretold, though, that the Seed of Abraham would be a blessing to all people--every tribe, tongue and nation. The apostle Paul specifies that the gospel is to the Jew first and also to the ...


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In Ezekiel 36, the prophet has a vision of a valley of "dry bones." When asked if these bones could yet live, Ezekiel wisely says, "You alone know, O Lord." After this, the Lord miraculously makes the bones come together and come alive. It is explicitly stated that this refers to Israel. Ezekiel, speaking for the Lord says: “‘But you, mountains of ...


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The "chosen people" are, as you mention the Israelites. Deuteronomy 7:6 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. This simply means that God has chosen these people and set them aside to be holy. History It all began ...


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The primary distinction which you will find among protestants regarding this matter will arise from the division between those adhering to Covenant Theology and those adhering to Dispensationalism. Under Covenant Theology, the members of the modern-day church are viewed as the true children of Israel. The promises made to Abraham regarding his descendants, ...


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I would like to off up also that Moses was acting as an intermediary between God and Israel. This foreshadows the work of Christ and, in my reading, is why Moses is always "sticking up for" the people by interceding with God and God only shows his justice before relenting to Moses pleas.


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There are a host of "end times" prophecies that cover Israel, in both figurative and literal senses, and that God is not "done with her" yet. The clear list, along with debated lists, would be far too long enumerate herein. We know that Israel as God's chosen people was fulfilled in the coming of Christ, and that as a nation per se, they do not hold the ...


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The term chosen can also be interpreted as favored. In the most general sense, the seed of Abraham is chosen in the sense that Christ would come through Abraham's lineage. Also, the Priesthood, or the authority to act in God's name on earth, would be passed down through the descendents of Abraham: Abraham 2:9 And I will make of thee a great nation, and ...


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The promises made to Israel were conditional promises. He had plans for them if they obeyed and kept His Holy Commandments. The rest of the nations were supposed to see Israel and come to God through their example. 'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the ...


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Dan fell into idolatry in Judges 17 and 18, and was thus removed: Judges 18:30-31: And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land. So they set up Micah's carved image that he made, as long ...


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Let me append to what Mawia said. Jesus clearly identified with the Jews of His day, although correcting its errors in the process. God purposely sent Him to Judah: John 1:11-12 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become ...


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That a period of peace with the Nation of Israel will take place during the first three and one half years of the Great Tribulation, comes from Chapter 9 of the book of Daniel, and was verified by Jesus in chapter 24 of the book of Matthew. Daniel 9:24 through 27 KJV 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish ...


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Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin (Genesis 29:32 - 30:24 and Genesis 35:18). However the twelves tribes turned into thirteen when Jacob gave Joseph a 'double portion'. This meant that each of his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, became a tribe, rather than just the ...



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