Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Jeremiah 31:36 "If this fixed order departs from before Me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before Me forever."
The existence of Israel as a nation is predicated upon the fixed order of creation. Since we are talking about nations, not peoples, this is talking about physical Israel not the replacment theology idea of the church taking over the name or function of Israel. The physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will not cease to be a nation in God's eyes until creation itself stops.
This promise must have seemed a little strange from the late first to the early twentieth centuries, when there was no formal state of Israel, no actual country or nation state of that name. But the people had not gone away, the language and culture had not gone away and - most importantly - God's promise had not gone away. In 1948 the state of Israel re-appeared on the world stage, as a ready made nation, thus fulfilling God's promise that:
Romans 11:29 the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
The very existence of the Jewish people throughout history, as Blaise Psacal famously observed, proved the existence and the faithfulness of God. That faithfulness was vindicated when Israel was reconstituted, on its ancient homeland (well, most of it, and watch that space for further details). The fixed order had not and still has not ceased, therefore the offspring of Israel has not ceased from being a nation before Him forever!