Palestine and the Jew -- By: Bert C. Kreller

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 105:418 (Apr 1948)
Article: Palestine and the Jew
Author: Bert C. Kreller


Palestine and the Jew

Bert C. Kreller

(Concluded from the January-March Number, 1948)

Strangers in a Strange Land. With the descent of Israel’s family into Egypt begins the fulfillment of the Lord’s word to Abraham in Genesis 15 wherein God said Abraham’s seed would be in a land not theirs and be afflicted four hundred years. This might be called the first dispossession of Israel and is an example of God’s permissive will to allow His people to be out of the place of blessing. Probably this was due to Jacob’s family being divided (Joseph and his family already in Egypt), partly because of Jacob’s old age, and then, too, because of God’s glory to be obtained through the supernatural exodus of the redeemed people. Upon departing from the land the Lord meets Jacob and promises surely to bring him up again (Gen 46:2–4). While in Egypt both Jacob and Joseph refer to a future return to Canaan, trusting God to bring the people into the land. Jacob and Joseph die and the years roll by and Israel is still serving in Egypt. Affliction, has increased and after some centuries the time for deliverance is at hand. God has His man for the task, Moses, whom He has called for this work. In Exodus 2 we read about God hearing the cry of His people and God remembering His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Both these facts are significant because of their latent prophetic import for Israel, who milleniums later will again cry and the Lord will again hear and remember His covenant and will deliver them and glorify His name.

The glorious part of Israel’s deliverance is the fact that the Lord came down to “deliver them out” and “bring them up unto” a prepared and blessed land. This is to be done

by I am, the eternally existing One. Moreover, Jehovah will bring them out and bring them in to exactly the same land He sware to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is a “land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers” (Exod 6:4). Though occupied by the Canaanitish nations it is a “good land and a large, flowing with milk and honey.” God will do this work, as He definitely states in Exodus 6:6–8. Here we read seven: “I wills,” God thus speaking of Himself and what He is about to do, Three times “I will” is used in connection with the land. He will bring them out from Egypt and bring them into the land, and will give the land to Israel for an heritage.

The lesson we should observe here is the faithfulness of G...

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