Feb 12

The Israel of God, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, by O. Palmer Robertson ?????

This short book addresses the issue of how the Christian should regard the nation of Israel, and what the Scriptures say about who the real Israel may be. The first chapter addresses the theology of “land”, discussing that the land of Israel what we now think of as Palestine as a type of land to come for the Christian.  Robertson then shows clearly that the Scriptures have always defined Israel in a broader sense than just being genetic descendants of Abraham. The next chapters contend with the shift of priesthoods from the Aaronic to the Melchizedechian lines, making sense to me for the first time by explaining the significance of this shift in priesthoods. Next is discussed a theme developed more fully in a previously reviewed book by Robertson on the thme of the wilderness church, that the church in the wilderness has always been largely apostate. Finally, Robertson addresses the kingdom and its King, showing how the nation of Israel had departed from the covenant, and that in replacement, the perfect King, Christ, is installed and now reigns. The status of the current nation of Israel is then returned to. Robertson discusses how the church is the new Israel of God, and that Jews must seek Christ and be permitted into the church in no different of matter than the Gentiles. This book is an easy and delightful read, highly recommended to all, especially those who are ruminanting over the current events of a return of the state of Israel.

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One Response to “The Israel of God”

  1. Uncle Dennis says:

    One can hardly deny that there is much confusion in the world today about who is Israel. Three of the most popular possibilities are:

    1. The Jews
    2. The church
    3. Israel

    I opt for # 3. It is not hard to sort this out with an open mind driven by facts. The fact is that Israel exists today, is largely NOT the Jews (though some undoubtedly are), and is also not the church, though the overlap is large.

    Too bad some of this is not sorted out better in books by authors too influenced to write off most of the church throughout most of history.

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