Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Little Zionism for the FacePalm

I hear so much pro-Israel talk, though it has abated somewhat lately.  The very missions minded folks tend to be more in this genre, connecting it with mission theology.  However, they take it too far.  What was meant to be a prophecy to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ is now used to defend the actions of the State of Israel, most certainly a brutal secular nation.

24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

 It is clear that Peter is speaking of the fact that through the line of Abraham the whole earth would be blessed and the specific channel for that blessing was through Christ.  The blessing was not from Israel, but as you can see, came out of Israel and then was turned around to try to bless them first.  As history will show, most of the very early Christians were Jews, but as the Jews did with the prophets, and with every other blessing God had provided them, they turned it away, persecuting the messengers God had sent until they killed God himself.  40 years later, the very symbol of their religion, the temple was leveled, and the people dispersed into the world where they have been often persecuted since then.  Is persecution of the Jews okay, absolutely not, I'm just saying what happened.  Through the lense of scripture, and with a proper understanding of history, it is clear what the Abrahamic blessing meant. 

But clarity has never prevented all misunderstanding.

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