Cut Off From His People

8/16/13, by Clement Pulaski

Zionists frequently invoke Genesis 17 in support of their claim that the Holy Land belongs exclusively to the Jews:

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
Genesis 17:8

If we look at the following lines, however, we see that this promise to Abraham was part of God's covenant with him, and that the sons of Abraham had to uphold their end of the agreement in order for the covenant to be valid:

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised...And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
Genesis 17:10,14

That is, although God chose Abraham and his descendants to be a special nation, if some of Abraham's descendants fail to uphold the covenant, then they are cut off from God's people. It would therefore be wrong to assume that Jews who reject God's covenant have a legitimate claim to the land of Canaan.

In the Gospels, we learn of a new covenant introduced by Jesus, the covenant of the Lord's Supper:

And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins.
Matthew 26:27-28

In John 6, Jesus explains the necessity of this covenant, and says that without it there is no eternal life:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day... These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
John 6:53-54, 59

As John says, these words of Jesus were addressed to the Jews in their synagogue. Those who do not eat the flesh and drink the blood have no life and will not stand in the congregation of the righteous at the resurrection. Thus we see that the Son of God came to the Israelites and gave to them a new covenant, a new requirement for being part of God's people. Some of the Jews accepted this new covenant, and some of them rejected it, and those who accepted it are the ones who can still claim the promise made to Abraham, because they, like Abraham, submitted to God's will.

Some Zionists make the bold argument that the Jews who have rejected Christ's new covenant are still God's people because the covenants of the Old Testament are still valid. I have already pointed out that the words of Jesus concerning the new covenant were spoken to the Jews in their synagogue, but if some still insist that even though they rejected this covenant the Jews still have a right to the promises of the old covenants, consider the following hypothetical situation:

Imagine that some of the Jews living in the time of Moses had decided to reject the Mosaic law, saying that Moses did not receive the law from God, but simply made it up. And not only did this group of Jews reject the Mosaic law, but they killed Moses, and then told their children and their grandchildren that Moses was a liar. The faithful Jews who did accept the Mosaic law went on to possess the Holy Land, and the impious Jews who rejected the Mosaic law and killed Moses went their own way. Now imagine that a few centuries later, the impious Jews came to Israel and tried to convince the faithful Jews that both groups had an equal claim to the Holy Land because they both kept the covenant of Abraham. Would the group that had rejected Moses still be considered God's people? Would they have an equal right to the land as those Jews that had accepted the Mosaic law? Would the two groups naturally consider each other to be spiritual brothers? These questions are too absurd to even deserve a reply. It is obvious that the promise God made to Abraham could be claimed only by those Jews who had accepted the Mosaic law, thereby showing the same obedience to God's will that Abraham had.

And yet today's Zionists make exactly the same claim as that made by the impious Jews in my imagined scenario: the Zionists claim that the Jews who rejected the new covenant of Christ have a right to the Holy Land and that Christians and Jews are spiritual brothers. This shows a complete lack of respect for God's word. Thinking that the Jews are allowed to pick and choose which covenants to keep and which to reject is like a half-hearted Christian deciding that he only has to follow part of the Bible and can ignore the parts he does not like. In both cases, the proponents of such views are led into spiritual darkness, willfully denying God's truth.

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