God Was Father to the Nation of Israel
Isaiah 63:16 - But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. They beseech him to look down on the abject condition of their once-favored nation. Would it not be glorious to his name to remove the veil from their hearts, to return to the tribes of his inheritance? The Babylonish captivity, and the after-deliverance of the Jews, were shadows of the events here foretold. The Lord looks down upon us in tenderness and mercy. Spiritual judgments are more to be dreaded than any other calamities; and we should most carefully avoid those sins which justly provoke the Lord to leave men to themselves and to their deceiver. “Our Redeemer from everlasting” is thy name; thy people have always looked upon thee as the God to whom they might appeal. The Lord will hear the prayers of those who belong to him, and deliver them from those not called by his name.) Matthew and Henry Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Isaiah 63.Holman Bible Handbook
(Deut 32:6) Is this the way you repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?
Isaiah 64:8 - Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
(Is. 63:7-64:12) A Prayer for Deliverance. In combination with the confession of 59:9-15a, this prayer forms a frame around the message of salvation in 59:15b-63:6. Once again the prophet represented the nation and provided a model response for God’s disobedient, exiled people.
The prophet recalled the Lord’s faithful deeds for His people throughout their history. He redeemed them from Egypt and protected them. When they sinned, He was forced to treat them as an enemy, prompting them to recall the days of Moses. The prophet was now doing the same. He longed for a new display of the divine power revealed at the Red Sea.
The remainder of the prayer combines lamentation over the people’s current situation, confession of sin, statements of confidence, and petitions for God’s deliverance. Confident that God remained their Father and Redeemer, the prophet asked that He might respond compassionately to their plight. He lamented that the Lord had given them over to the hardness of their hearts and that the enemies of God had destroyed His temple. He asked that the Lord might break through the heavens and judge the nations, demonstrating once more His ability to deliver those who trusted Him. He acknowledged their punishment was well-deserved, for they had been totally contaminated by sin. Yet the prophet, confident that their relationship with God was not completely severed, begged Him to relent from His anger. Surely the ruined land and temple were proof that their punishment was sufficient.
- Salvation to others besides Israelites - Isaiah 56
(Nation of Israel is waiting for the final Judgment, [70th week of Daniel] ending the the transition of the Dispensation of Promise. Even though the dispensation of Promise has not ended, pending the final judgment on the Nation of Israel those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by faith are part of the today's Dispensation. And, the fulfillment of the promises given by covenant to the Nation of Israel will be fulfilled after the Rapture of the Body of Christ the Church. Meanwhile the rule of the Gentiles are still oppressing the Nation of Israel which started back in the Old Testament and ends with the Return of Christ setting up the earthly Kingdom promised by covenant to the Nation of Israel.
4. Dispensation of Promise - The end of direct dealings with the Nation of Israel of Promise is in the transition after Israel was laid aside, and the dispensation of Grace was overlaid stopping their prophetic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel and its completion, which ends with the Day of the Lord/Christ Jesus second coming to earth. The Nation of Israel is still in transition and it will not end until Christ set up His Kingdom with them as the ordained instrument fulfilling the promises made to them as a Nation. The overlay of the dispensation of Grace is part of the judgment on the Nation of Israel being part of the transition from the dispensation of Promise to the Earthly Kingdom, Romans 11, Acts 7- Revelation 19.
The transition of the Promise started with the time of the Gentiles (Father rejected). It continues with the time of Christ (Rejection of the Son) through the stoning of Steven (Rejection of the Holy Spirit). It is going to be complete at the end of the Tribulation period with Jesus Christ coming back to this Earth and Reigning (with the true Israel - the remnant, Romans 9:27,28). (Today's dispensation was not in prophecies or revealed we call it sometimes the parentheses dispensation, it starts with Israel's rejection in Act 7 and comes to its fullness at chapter 28, which represents 70 AD.) God postponed His prophetic dealing of Daniels prophecy with the Nation of Israel at Acts 28 or 70 AD until the rapture and then starts again, (or picks up with them) physically with them at the beginning of the Tribulation period, Romans 11:8-13, Acts 13:46-48, 18:4-6, 28:28. In addition, even though laid aside they still are providentially Gods Nation or people. A remnant today is being saved and being added to today's dispensation. Today is part of their judgment from God, and the Nation is still experiencing the transition from the Promise dispensation to the Kingdom dispensation.
Neither individual Jews are being added to the Dispensation of Promise today or are there Gentiles being added to the Dispensation of Promises or Kingdom today. Today's Dispensation is New and was a Mystery hide in God before the foundations of the earth or world, Colossians 1:25,26, Romans 16:25, Ephesians 3:9. The overlay relationship to Israel is part of the mystery hid in God and not prophesied, Ephesians 3:5,6. Jews and Gentiles are being added to today's Dispensation which ends at the Rapture and then after the rapture, Jews and Gentiles will be added to the Dispensation of Promise in the tribulation (70th wk of Daniel), which is part of the transition into the Earthly Kingdom of 1000years. Both Jews and Gentiles will receive their glorified body in the rapture and after the rapture God deals with those left in natural bodies going through the 70 week prophecy of Daniel (Tribulation period) and the Dispensation of the Kingdom.
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