The other fun thing about Abraham, Paul points out in Romans that God said Abraham was righteousness because Abraham believed that he would have his promised child(ren) though he was over 100 years old. So Paul says in Romans 4:11 that Abraham becomes father to all those who believe. I thought that was kind of fun when combined with the idea of adoption that we talk about more often.]]>
It makes a lot more sense if you view God as a longsuffering, tolerant, yet affectionate father. Israel is the headstrong toddler, the rebellious adolescent, the willful son or daughter.
Good grief, do they ever exasperate you! But you still regard them with a great deal of affection nonetheless.
In a way, I think the covenant with Israel shows that, for better or for worse, God is stuck with us. And we with Him, even if we don’t always appreciate it.
Thus the meaning of the word “Israel” -
“One who prevails with God.”]]>
This is, I believe, part of why the House of Israel as a whole continues to be blessed.
Of course usually it becomes necessary for individuals to DO something in order for God’s promises to others to be fulfilled. See 3 Ne 5:14.]]>