... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

21
January
2013

The gathering of God's first-born - First-born right!

By the Law of Moses

Why did God choose the Israelites to be his first-born, his people? And why would they always remain his people?

The answer to the first question is because of Abraham, Genesis 12:1-9, Romans 9 and Deuteronomy 10:14-15 (NIV),
14 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he  c h o s e  you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.

And, God did say to Moses,
19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Exodus 33:19 (NIV)

The second question has its answer in the Laws God gave Moses, Deuteronomy 21:15-17 (NIV),
15 If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love, 16 when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love. 17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a d o u b l e share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
Israel is the son with which the Almighty Father showed the first sign of his strength - Exodus 3:19-21 and Deuteronomy 34:10-12 - both the Israelites themselves as to the peoples of the world.

Now, what would God himself consider to be this double share meant for the first-borne when it comes to his promises to Israel, to believers? Could it be Jerusalem and the kingship over God's unshakable kingdom?!

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion