|my photo, sunrise over Jerusalem|
The prophet Zechariah wrote this short book of the Bible in which he summarizes God's plan for Israel and the world. (God had a "Plan A"; and, when that didn't work out, He presented the world with "Plan B".) I will attempt to write an extremely abbreviated version of the plan, the results, etc., as follows:
Israel - the Jewish people - are God's chosen people. No one knows why this small nation was chosen to be God's "evangelists", and it really doesn't matter... God did the choosing; only He needs to know the reasons. God formed an eternal covenant with Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation. This was a blood covenant - unalterable and eternal.
|my photo, Israel countryside|
But, the people of Israel refused to be God's "missionaries". They disobeyed. (For any of my regular readers - there's that pesky obedience word again!) Much like us today, the people were comfortable with the status quo. They liked life as they knew it. The familiar was easier than the unknown. Well, the status quo is just not going to get it with God! Not then; not now. Remember, the covenant between God and Abraham was eternal. Thus, it extends to all mankind. In Deuteronomy we can read the scriptures that describe that covenant:
"See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you... But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed... this day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life." (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NIV)
|there is only one way to choose life|
So, once again, God is saying to each person on this earth, "I set before you life and death, blessings and curses... Now choose life..."
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
(John 14:6 NIV)