My scripture study this morning got me thinking again about God’s special treatment for the house of Israel. Here are some of my musings about this: Part of the extra special blessings come because of the promise/covenant with Abraham. That covenant was extended to Jacob/Israel after he was deceitful in getting it. The Israelites became God’s chosen people. God protected “His” people thru Joseph and the whole Egyptian captivity.
God then leads them out of Egypt to the promised land. They don’t want to enter the promised land, so God provides for them for 40 years and gives them another chance to enter. They blow that by not killing off everyone like they were commanded. (that’s a whole different blog).
He blesses them anyway. They want a king, God gives them a king. They get taken captive, more than once, but God still protects them and makes promises as to their return.
They return and still blow it. The mess up so bad that they kill God’s only begotten son. There are consequences for their actions…more scattering and captivity. But thru all this they are still promised great blessing. They still get to come back to thier promised land. They get special protection. They get to see the savior…see what they have done to him and then get blessed some more.
What’s the deal with this? If it’s based on the covenant God made with Jacob, aren’t all covenants conditional by definition? If it is by covenant then didn’t Israel break their end of the bargin several times?
If it’s not by covenant than what is the basis? If it’s just an outright promise to them, then is that fair? And if God continues to bless people thru all their sins and in spite of their sins then how do we reconcile that with justice / blessing predicated on obedience to laws?
I appears God has predestined the House of Israel – made them special – treated the special – and promises to continue to treat them special – what gives?