The God of Israel Differentiates
Matthew 24:3 The disciples asked Yeshua “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?
Matthew 24:6 For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes
What days we are living in ! . Threats, warnings, predictions and actual events of natural catastrophies is beginning to become more and more frequent “breaking news” on our television screens. Most of these catastrophies appear to be of an unprecedented nature, exceeding any other similar event over the last 100 years. .
For us here in Israel, our most serious threat for thousands of years of course, has been war – the attack from our surrounding enemies, and terror, And that still remains today more than ever before. However, we too, here in Israel have had warnings of a natural catastrophie by the way of an earthquake. There has been a series of advertisements on the nightly Hebrew news here, warning of a possible earthquake and calling for the nation to be prepared, and to know what to do.
The God of Israel, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Psalm 105:6 – 11) makes a difference between Israel and the nations. Does He want to once again make a distinct difference between Israel and the nations, not for our sake, because we certainly don’t deserve it ? Israel as nation, is full of abominable sin, just like most other nations, but for His name’s sake, and so that He can confirm His word, and for Him to be made known to the other nations as the God of Israel – the God who watches over Israel
How do I know that the God of Israel makes a difference between Israel and another nation ? see he following scripture verses …………
Exodus 9:4 And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel ( verse 6) so the Lord did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died, but of the livestock of the children of Israel, not one died
Exodus 10:22So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt ( verse 23) they did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for 3 days, but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings
Exodus 11:5 ……….... and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on the throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Exodus 11:7 But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord (God of Israel) makes a difference between the Egyptians and Israel
Why did the God of Israel want to make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel? – The answer is in Exodus 11:9 So that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt and in Exodus 9:14... that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth
The God of Israel wanted to be known as different from any other God, that there is no other God like Him in all the earth, He wanted to be made known as Israel’s God , as El Gibor (hero/champion ) He used the opportunity in the midst of catastrophie to do this
I believe He wants to do this again, and can do this again in Israel, for the one and only reason, to show that He is Israel’s God and to make it known, once again, that there is no other God like Him, amongst the gods of this world , and that He keeps His word, the word of covenant and promise that were given to the prophets and patriachs of old for His people and nation , Israel.
There is a body of people here in the land of Israel that honors, acknowledges, lives for and worships the God of Israel. It is up to us to call upon the Lord, as the prophets of old did, to ask for forgiveness for our national sins, but also to ask for His mercy in protecting us from our enemies, and in these days to protect us from devastation of a possible natural catastrophie, and as He displays His wonders, He will be made known, as our God, the God of Israel.
I asked our son Stefan (who reads biblical Hebrew) what the word difference said in the Hebrew and its true Hebrew translation. He told me that the word difference in the biblical Hebrew actually means discriminate. This, then, would give a much more powerful understanding and meaning of the word, and the context of the scriptures that use this word.
What does the word discriminate really mean. I looked up in the dictionary. Here is what it said – Discriminate means to recognise or perceive the difference – marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions , treat differently on the basis of sex or race , show preference or prejudice, The act of discriminating, distinguishing, or noting and marking differences. to set apart as being different,, to separate from another by discerning differences, to distinguish
The God of Israel discriminates between His people and nation, (that of course includes all those that are non Jewish but are “grafted in” to Israel ) and the rest of the nations of the world.
Would you join with us, praying prophetically, for what lies ahead for Israel, that the God of Israel would keep His word and make a difference in Israel in our days of trouble, and it would cause the eyes of the people of Israel’s understanding to be opened to the greatness of our God and that He is our God .. And for the nations to know that Israel has a God, and there is none like Him in all the earth, just as He did with the Egyptians