The Lord keeps his promises and covenants
There is a discussion on Israel Today about the so called “replacement theology”. For the full dialogue, read here. So interesting all these thoughts! Here’s my contribution:
Isaiah 56:8: “The Sovereign LORD declares– he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.” Those who the Lord gathers these days are the Jews. That He gathers “still others” must refer to the goyim/gentiles. And maybe “to them” refers to Christian believers who feel “in exile” in this world and turn to the Jewish people as their “fathers in faith” (as former Pope Benedict XIV called the Jewish people) as a sort of spiritual home?
But are the two – the exiles and the goyim/gentiles “in exile” – gathered to the same place, i.e. the Land of Israel? I suppose that would be physically impossible. Maybe the answer is with John 10:16, where the Lord says: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Jesus/Yeshua was and lived as a faithful Jew and had no sin. He died on the cross as an offering lamb for us as none of us is without sin. He turned to the Jews with the Gospel but – as St. John says – obviously aimed at gathering the others too, i.e. the goyim/gentiles.
Just some thoughts. It’s obvious to me that the Lord is fulfilling the prophecies these days (since zionism started). The days to come are thrilling. I think the replacement theologists are on the wrong track. The Lord keeps his promises and covenants, both the First and the Second, and we must trust his words and his capability to act forcefully also in the future. Surely we will be aware of the full truth one day!
Picture: Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664), “Agnus Dei” (1635-40) ,Canvas 38 x 62 cm. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.