Friday, February 22, 2008
GOD WILL YET CHOOSE ISRAEL
"For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob." (Isaiah 14:1)
God's continual mercy upon the nation Israel throughout the time of the Old Covenant, even in the midst of their sinfulness and disobedience, is a great picture and illustration of His continual mercy upon spiritual Israel (His elect out of every tribe and nation.) Thank God for His continual mercy for His people ("Jacob" -- sinners saved by His grace in Christ). He chose us before the foundation of the world, justified and redeemed us by Christ. And even though we are still sinners, He will YET choose us. This does not mean that God has to continually choose us over and over again. It means that once He made His choice, He will not go back on it and forsake us. The Lord Jesus will not cast away His people because of shortcomings and infirmities. He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake the." (Hebrews 13:5)
As one writer put it, "The good husband does not put away his wife because he finds failings in her. The loving mother does not forsake her infant because it is weak, feeble and ignorant. And the Lord Christ does not cast off poor sinners who have committed their souls into His hands, because He sees in them blemishes and imperfections. Oh, no, it is His glory to pass over the faults of his people, and heal their backslidings, to make much of their weak graces and to pardon their many faults."