Worshiping Israel – is that wisdom or heresy?
There are many whose words can easily be construed as Israel Worship; that is, Jacob’s children held up as some form of Icon or idolatrous religion; is this wise and appropriate? Many believe that the promises made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 shield Jacob’s children from scrutiny and absolves them of their culpability before the Father.
It is written,
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (NASB)
Abraham is the father of many Nations (Genesis 17:4), not just Israel, and the one who is “cursed” is not the one who speaks against Israel’s failures but the one who speaks against, denies, the One prophesied to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth,” Jesus Christ our Messiah. When this promise was made to Abraham, he was a Gentile living 430-years before the giving of the Law to “Israel.”
The ONLY reason Israel is glorified in eschatology is due to the Father’s holiness and His refusal to not honor His covenant promises; Israel in eschatology has NOTHING to do with what Israel has done and everything to do with the righteousness and purity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and their holy word as they will honor the covenant they have made with the children of Israel irrespective of Israel’s failures and their continued rejection of their Messiah.
Jesus went to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24)…they blasphemed Him as they blasphemed the Spirit and rejected Messiah and murdered Him…and Jacob’s children are currently under judgment and ONLY the remnant will find life in the Kingdom as a result of continued unbelief (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27).
Grafted into Israel?
Grafting into Israel is not a perquisite to eternal life; fact is, if I never heard of Israel, my relationship with my Lord would be undeterred. Israel was a conduit through which the Father proceeded with His eschatological plan “to destroy the works of the devil” via the Gospel ordained “before Time began” (1 John 3:8b, 2 Timothy 1:8-10) and my eternity and my relationship with my Lord has absolutely NOTHING to do with Israel other than Jacob’s children maintaining a presence in the historical timeline through which Judah produced the seed from which Messiah entered Time through the Holy Spirit.
Israel’s history is interesting and teaches volumes concerning Elohim’s compassion, mercy, eschatological plan; personally, I love the Land of Israel and I “feel” home there, but I’m NOT into Israel worship nor do I see them as a role model or Icon for righteousness…I trust in Jesus as my Lord and Savior…Israel is a historically significant people but idolizing them is error.
You would be wise to STOP the worship of a failed people group and honor by faith the One who died for you, Yeshua your Messiah.