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CHAPTER EIGHT

Israel and God's Plan of Redemption

Israel is God's miracle nation because, through Israel, God fulfilled His plan of redemption.

The plan of redemption was designed by the Triune God before the foundation of the world.
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (I Peter l:18-20 NKJ).
That lamb without blemish or defect, who was foreordained before the foundation of the world, is the Jewish Messiah, the son of David according to the flesh. John the Baptist, pointing to him, said:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
The Messiah was called the Lamb of God, because He was the Lamb prepared and chosen by God to take away the sin of the world.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to the Samaritan woman:

You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews (John 4:22 NIV).
All the prophecies concerning the coming Savior, the Messiah, were given to the Jewish prophets. In fact, prophethood is strictly confined to the Jews. Any prophet who comes outside of the Jews is absolutely rejected.

The apostle Paul wrote concerning the Jews:

What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God (Romans 3:1,2).
Again, he wrote about all the privileges given to them:
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen (Romans 9:4,5).
Jesus' birth took place in Bethlehem, in the land of Judah. The Messiah was crucified at a place called Golgotha (which means the Place of the Skull) outside Jerusalem.

It is of great interest to notice that the Messiah was crucified at a place called the "skull". A skull is a symbol of death, and by His death the Messiah conquered death. On the cross the Messiah completed the plan of God for redemption and cried out "it is finished" (John 19:30).

The prophet Isaiah wrote about the sufferings, the death, and the burial of the Messiah:

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:3-12).
All the prophecies in that chapter were fulfilled to the letter in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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