Why Did God Abandon Israel?

Q. I confess there is much I yet don’t understand about God’s relationship with the Jews and why He has seemingly abandoned them at times. I’d be thankful for any insight you could offer.

A. God did not abandon the Jews. He was patient and long suffering but their sins drove Him away. (The same would be happening to the Church if it wasn’t for the cross.) As soon as they confess their sin, He’ll forgive them just like He always has in the past and it will be like it never happened.

Prophesying this in Hosea 5:15 the Lord said , “I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.”

In Zechariah 12:10 He tells how this will happen before the 2nd Coming, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

And Joel 3:21 says, “Their blood guilt which I have not pardoned, I will pardon.” I believe Joel was prophetically referring to their declaration from Matt. 27:25 where speaking of Jesus they told Pilate, “Let His blood be on us and on our children.”

After this happens, Israel will be blessed as never before in history.

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