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"Why did God choose Israel?" appears as a common question among some Christians. For example, we had entire sermons for weeks based on this one question. Enough of that now; to the answer! God chose Israel because of His promise to Abraham. As a reward for Abraham's faith in the Lord, God said to him in Genesis 12:2-3: I will make you a great nation; I ...


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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 13:...


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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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God did promise the land of Canaan to Abraham. For example God says to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 17:8: The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God. However, a few verses earlier, God said that Abraham would be "the father of ...


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You're right in that the Bible does not state why it was a sin, so we won't be able to cite verses to support any answer to this. However, the one thing that is clear is that Satan provoked David to take the census. The Bible doesn't explain why this is, and the there are several theories, but no Biblical statement on the matter. Clearly, however, it was ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Scripture isn't clear on why, but here are a few suggestions that make sense to me. Choosing a specific people allowed God to demonstrate His power through all of the military battles, and possibly most dramatically via the release if His people from Egypt. Choosing a specific people demonstrates His sovereignty - The fact that He can choose Whom he ...


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From Wikipedia: The Dome of the Rock is located at the visual center of a platform known as the Temple Mount. It was constructed on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. In 637 CE, Jerusalem surrendered to the Rashidun Caliphate army during the Muslim conquest of Syria. ...


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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 (Law) and prophets at synagogues on shabbat (e.g. Luke 4:16) and at the Temple complex in Jerusalem. He was called 'rabbi', kept disciples (common in 1st-century Judaism), discussed matters of the Torah and made halachic ...


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Manasseh was a full tribe. However, half of the tribe of Manasseh settled in the Holy Land proper, and half of the tribe of Manasseh, along with the full tribes of Reuben and Gad, settled on the other (east) side of the Jordan. The story is told in Numbers 32, which starts: Now the Reubenites and the Gadites owned a very great number of cattle. When they ...


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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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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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God made a lot of choices throughout history and it helps to understand the broader perspective. The First Man and Woman He created Adam and Eve 1) in His image, 2) to populate the earth. The results were to be a world full of people in the image of God, worshiping Him, exercising dominion, ruling and bringing things to fruitfulness. However, Adam and ...


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I'd say that the site itself is important but the Dome of Rock is not. This site is believed to be the place where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. But this is only a Jewish tradition and hence not all Christians would agree with its importance. The Dome contains the following inscription (also from Wikipedia) - "So peace is upon me the day ...


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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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In Ezekiel 37, 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." (v3) After this, the Lord miraculously makes the bones come together and come alive. It is explicitly stated in that chapter, that this refers to the people of Israel being re-established in the land ...


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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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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 about ...


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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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Throughout the narrative parts of the Old Testament, there is very little mention of any afterlife. That idea arises mostly later on, in the books of the Prophets. During the bulk of Old Testament times, salvation had little or nothing to do with: Heaven or the afterlife, since there was little or no belief in such a thing. Being freed from the curse of ...


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Yes, that's right. The origin of "Jew" actually comes from Judah, one of the sons and tribes of Jacob/Israel. When the Kingdom of Israel splits after Solomon, the dominant tribe of the southern kingdom was Judah, and so it came to be called the Kingdom of Judah. Though there have always been descendents of all the sons and tribes of Israel, the prominence ...


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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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