I’m going to ask specific questions, because some people read their Bibles and they’ve got tinted glasses that color what they’re reading. My intent by asking these pointed questions is to shock you awake, and make you begin to read the Bible with what is called the normal literal dispensational thinking.
Who is Abraham?
This is first year Sunday School kind of questions. You shouldn’t have any problems. Abraham, known as Avraham Avinu (”Our Father Abraham”) among Jews, left Ur in response to God’s command, and lived a nomadic life in the land of Israel, briefly living in Egypt from time to time, but returning to a land promised him.
Who is Isaac?
Isaac, son of Abraham.
Who is Jacob?
You should know who Jacob is.The Son of Isaac, correct? Isaac, son of Abraham.
Who are the sons of Jacob?
It’s not a trivia question, but a serious question. The sons of Jacob are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Gad, Asher, Judah, Joseph, Benjamin, Issachar, Dan, Zebulun, Naphtali, and extended to Ephraim and Manassah. When the Bible speaks of the “Sons of Jacob”, it is always referring to physical descendants of Jacob.
Who is Israel?
Biblically, it’s Jacob.
Nope. I just maneuvered you into a trap, an admission. Israel is Jacob. Israel is the Jewish people, the sons of Jacob. How can I say that?
“And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:” (1 Kings 18:31, KJV)
“Thou art the God that doest wonders: Thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” (Psalm 77:14–15, KJV)
“And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people As a dew from the Lord, As the showers upon the grass, That tarrieth not for man, Nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people As a lion among the beasts of the forest, As a young lion among the flocks of sheep: Who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, And none can deliver.” (Micah 5:7–8, KJV)
“For I am the Lord, I change not; Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6, KJV)
The phrases sons of Jacob are used in the Bible to denote the physical descendants of Jacob. No Gentile Believer in Jesus Christ can say they are a son of Jacob.
So if you cannot say you are a physical son of Jacob, you are not a son of Jacob.
Children of Israel and sons of Jacob are interchangeable.
“Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.” (Genesis 32:32, KJV)
So if you are not physically Jewish you are not Israel…
Do you grasp that?
Yes. But. A believer in Jesus Christ is considered a son of Abraham by faith – and thus ingrafted into Israel.
You are PART OF, a wild olive branch, grafted in. You are not the root. Do you grasp that the branch is Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that you are ingrafted into Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that Christians are fellow heirs with the Jewish people?
I’m speaking as a physical son of Abraham.
To my brothers in faith, the Gentile believers in Jesus Christ.
You are grafted in – but that does not mean you replace.
It’s common for many Calvinists to read the Bible through Calvinist tinted glasses, reading and misunderstanding. You read “Covenant”, and think it applies to Calvinists. You backread “Israel” in the prophetic books, and somehow think it applies to Calvinists.
The covenants are with Israel. The Jewish people. You partake in the New Covenant – but that’s it.
You do not inherit the land away from us. You do not replace us.
John MacArthur advocates that Calvinists should be Dispensationalists, and should read the Bible with what is called the Normal-Literal-Dispensational method of understanding. He’s right. You should.
Better yet, you should drop the Calvinism, read your Bible, accept it literally and understand it literally, ensure you’re saved, and grow as a Christian.
And get busy, because the Lord has work for us!