God's Faithfulness Does Not Depend On Our Worthiness
“And he said to me,
‘You are my servant, O Israel,
in whom I will be glorified.’"
The Scriptures are the complete revelation from God to mankind. The Bible is filled with stories demonstrating the nature of God to man. Israel is one of those stories.
In order to make it very clear that God is revealing himself through his dealings with Israel, he shows that Israel is not worthy of his blessings, but that God fulfills his Word even when they are unfaithful, BECAUSE of the promise of his covenant with them. The focus is not on Israel, the focus is the faithfulness of God. That's why he has brought them back to the land of their fathers - in unbelief - to show that the point is his faithfulness, NOT their worthiness.
God said that he exalts his WORD above even his Name (Psalm 138:2) and in Israel he demonstrates his faithfulness to the promises made to them.
Israel rebelled against God and judgment came as they had been forewarned. Of the first judgment, God foretold that unfaithful Israel would go into captivity for a period of 70 years and afterwards Israel would be restored. It happened exactly as he said. Then later, when Israel rebelled against him again, he foretold that if they would not repent, they would go into a very lengthy captivity. That second captivity began in the year 70 AD and lasted until now. Now, in our generation, he is once again bringing them back from all the countries where they were banished to - he's bringing them back to the land of their fathers as he promised, and he is restoring and building up the nation with promises of future glory under their Messiah. The Messiah will come during this restoration and will set up his Kingdom to rule over all the world, and he will exalt the nation of Israel above all the nations of the earth ...because he promised to do so.
But ...and this is huge…
But right now Israel for the most part, remains in unbelief, still denying the Messiah who came in their day and was rejected.
The very important point in all this is that God does things in such a way as to demonstrate that his faithfulness to his Word is not dependent upon man's faithfulness. Once God has said something is going to be, it's going to be. And it's going to take place in such a way that there will be no question as to the unworthiness of the recipient of the blessing.
"Therefore say to the house of Israel,
‘Thus says the Lord God:
I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel,
BUT FOR MY HOLY NAME'S SAKE...'"
"'...and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,'
says the Lord God,
'when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
For I will take you from among the nations,
gather you out of all countries,
and bring you into your own land."
And that's exactly what he has done - in our generation, right before our very eyes.
God does not ever, ever, forget his Word or the promises he has made, even when years have passed and it seems to be impossible. This is the most glorious generation since the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the generation that is witnessing Bible prophecy being fulfilled. God re-established Israel as a nation in May of 1948, and since then he has been building the nation and prospering it right before our eyes, the fulfillment of his long-ago promise which he has not forgotten. The fact that he is doing so independent of their unfaithfulness or unworthiness is the demonstration of his veneration of his Word and the vindication of his promise even though they don't believe. Oh but they will!
Friends, God is faithful. When he has made a promise, nothing and no one can prevent it even if a long time ensues before it happens. His Word is absolutely true and faithful. You can depend on it. If God has promised you something, do not lose hope, it will come - and God will be glorified when he brings about what he has promised. It will end up in a testimony that will glorify God before all.
God's Covenant With Israel