Through thousands of years, God chose, raised, cared for, disciplined and loved the people of Israel. Like any father, God set His heart on raising the nation to honor Him and be His ambassador to the rest of the world. Through the generations, Israel had times where they represented God well, and other times that they completely walked away. God, however, never walked away from Israel.
He allowed Israel to suffer the consequences of her choices. They were captured, divided, scattered and enslaved. They rose to great heights and sunk into anonymity, and have reemerged as a great nation. In all of their journey, Israel has produced the Lord and Savior–Jesus; Who literally takes away the sins of the world. He did not allow their sin and independence impede his mission to redeem the rest of the world. He made that decision a personal one–between us and him.
Still, at the end of days, He will still set his chosen Israel apart. That is why the world, for the most part, resents them. The world hates God–why wouldn’t they hate His chosen people. Still, God loves Israel and will always be their protector. He will raise them up no matter what the world thinks. He is God! he will always protect the ones he loves.
God Bless You
But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her;
the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion
and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
he will not despise their plea.
18 Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
assemble to worship the Lord.