Friday, 14 October 2016
We the People: Israel and the Catholicity of Jesus,
Tommy Givens, Fortress, 2014, page 271-272
Givens continues, in order to explain how the covenant affects Israel:
The dramatic contingency of the covenant materially gives shape to the people over time, but Israel lives by the underlying, unconditional promise of G-d's election. Whatever fires Israel endures over time, they cannot burn Israel away altogether. They can only sculpt Israel's body, and the judgement that Israel undergoes in time contributes to its blessing, its life. The epic of the election of Israel is a history of hope.
Wow! That's such an encouragement for Israel and for all believers in Messiah, who - I may suggest - also go through their times of fire and challenge in a similar way, shaping and sculpting the Body of Messiah. G-d remains faithful and what matters is His choice and His election of His people.