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Reasons to Be Thankful (34 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
• The story is told that Frederick the Great of Prussia once asked a court chaplain for proof of divine inspiration of the Bible. The response was simply, "The Jews Sire." Dr. Adrian Rogers has written that "Israel is God's yardstick, His blueprint for the world." And, "as Israel goes, so goes the world." May I suggest that this is the reason we need to make sure that the USA continues to be a friend to Israel.
• Until today I have avoided the temptation to make our time together a historical and theological class by delving into the questions surrounding Israel as God's chosen people. Today, I will still resist the temptation but we do need to take a few minutes to give us some perspective about God's chosen people, Israel.
• First, did you realize that almost 100% of Bible prophecies are, in some way, related to the Children of Israel? Already some are asking, "And exactly what does this have to do with me?" My response is that through God's working with and commitment to Israel, today you and I can find reasons to be thankful. But to understand these truths, we must have at least a small perspective about God's plans for the Jews.
• The story gets its beginnings in Genesis 12. Look at the screen and let's read the call of Abram. (READ) As you should remember from Sunday school, this is where it all begins. With these words, referred to as the Abrahamic Covenant, God identified the Jewish people as His own with Abraham as the patriarch. In fact, when Jehovah introduced Himself to Moses in Exodus 2, He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." If you follow the lineage of Abraham, it will lead you through Jessie and David all the way to a carpenter named Joseph and his boy, name Jesus.
• While most of us know these things but the reason this bears repeating is because we tend to forget that Israel is unlike any other nation which ...
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