Tents of Mercy Network
I wish I had a shekel for every time I
have heard or read of people trying to understand "the Israel piece". How
and why in the world does this tiny people and land play such a central
role in the Bible and in God's plan? According to Deuteronomy 4, the
reason is that Israel is God's first attempt and prototype
"Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst
of the fire, as you have heard, and live? Or did God ever try to
go and take a nation for Himself from the midst of another nation, by
trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an
outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror?" (Deuteronomy
Has God ever attempted this? Has God ever tried? The same linguistic
root is used in Hebrew for the word "experiment". In other words, God is
performing a trial run - a prototype experiment to see whether He can
succeed in taking a group of people for Himself, to be His own.
Whether or not He can succeed, has great repercussions on whether He can
expand the group and do the same with other people. In Jeremiah 31:35-37
God promises that as long as the sun continues to give its light, He will
maintain Israel as a people and not cast them off. He has committed
Himself, staking His reputation on being able to prove His covenant
faithfulness to them and through them.
He will succeed in His attempted experiment with Israel, and He will
succeed with many others as well. (I Peter 2:9, Revelation 7:9)
to the work of Ohalei Rachamim.
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18:40 31Oct13 Wayne Talbot -
I am somewhat intrigued by the suggestion that God conducts
experiments apparently unaware of the outcomes. My view is of a
God who is omnipotent and omniscient, the perfect Project Planner
and Manager who is in control, and what happens happens either
because He causes it to be so, or allows it for His purposes.
Attempt, try, and experiment are concepts antithetical to my view
of God, but maybe I have misunderstood you.
09:00 01Nov13 Florence -
Thank You for the encouragement.
10:19 01Nov13 Donna -
I agree with Wayne's comments. I am somewhat baffled and
confused with the content of your article and thought too,
perhaps I have misunderstood. I am grateful to GOD for HIS
divine love, care and plans for HIS people and nation Israel and
in no way believe anyone or anything is an experiment. HIS plans
are supreme and HE always succeeds. It is mankind's
responsibility to exercise the "free will" to love, trust and
obey and thus be recipients of HIS blessings & promises. Israel
is not an experiment, they were to be an example and HE is still
working in the hearts of HIS people to make this happen. Romans
9, 10 & 11 brings clarity to what HIS plans are for HIS
people ... and Jeremiah 23:1-8 also alludes to our Precious
Savior, Yeshua Mashiach and GOD's plan to return to them to
their own land prior to HIS return. What momentous times we live
in as we are seeing such great fulfillment of HIS promises before
our very eyes!
-- David replies: The plain sense meaning of the Hebrew "HaNisa Elohim?" in
Deuteronomy 4:34 is "Did God ever try?" or "Did God ever
I agree that fitting this into a theological framework may be
challenge, but there it is written in the Book all the same. We
believe that God is omniscient and omnipotent. His being
omnipotent but not over-ruling man's free will is really at
the crux of this verse. It is a tension that plays out in each
of our lives and - in this verse - with a whole people group. His
omniscient foreknowledge does not cancel this tension, and
perhaps not even all of our suspense as the audience/actors. I
see in daily life in Israel what a tremendous challenge God has
laid before Himself in committing to eventually bring this people
back to Himself.
He WILL succeed in what He is attempting to do with Israel, and
He will succeed with many others as well. Therefore Revelation
7:9 says, "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude
that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and
peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the
Lamb, clothed in white robes..."
08:44 03Nov13 Ron Overton -
God is the Alpha and Omega, He knows the end from the beginning.
He was in the end creating the beginning. Jesus was slain before
the foundation of the world but manifest now for us. All things
are predestined. God knows the exact plan - its not an
experiment. We don't know - but we walk by faith in
obedience to Him to accomplish His plan.
Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Touch Not God's Anointed
Daniel Juster's article in French: Ne Touchez Pas a L'Oint du Seigneur
Steve: Declare It in the Isles Afar Off
Daniel: Israel Impressions
Shavei Tzion: Haifa Theological Institute
Asher Intrater: Feet of Yeshua
Revive Israel: Bearing Fruit