The future observance of Sukkot by the nations of the world is connected with Israel’s election and mission. The universal nature of God’s plan for the Jewish people stretches back to His covenant with Abraham. In that holy agreement, God promised,
“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).
Israel’s election must always be linked with her mission to the Gentiles. From faithful Abraham’s seed, God would raise up His chosen people, Israel, to be a blessing to the nations! Israel was chosen to be God’s vehicle of blessing to the world!
Moses wrote regarding the choosing of Israel,
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.” (Deuteronomy 7:6-7).
God’s choice of Israel was not based upon Abraham’s merit or the obedience of the nation. God chose Israel because He decided to love the nation.
“… the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:8).
God’s electing love falls upon unworthy sinners as He is a God of grace and a God of purpose. Often, His election is linked to a particular purpose He wants to accomplish, and He chooses and uses whomsoever He wills – including Israel. Rarely in Scripture do those whom God chooses to use deserve the privilege!
God chose the Jewish people as His means to bless all mankind. God chose to love the Jewish people, and through this nation, to express His love for the world. Israel’s chosenness did not mean to assure individual Jewish people of personal salvation. Rather, God’s choice guarantees the chosen nation of ultimately fulfilling His plan, as God never fails to keep His promises. So, although it may seem like God limited His line of promise by choosing one nation above others, His redemptive plan has always been universal so that His plan of redemption would be offered to the entire world.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote,
Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:12-15)
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