[quote="Anna_Scott, post:11, topic:283086"]
Also, the article you quoted comes from a website that also says,
"The Lord’s Supper, baptism, sacraments, morality, or good deeds cannot take the place of your paying the penalty for your sins. The Lord’s Supper is simply A REMEMBRANCE and not a "saving" rite. Nor can a solemn, sacred ceremony whereby believers REMEMBER the death of Jesus Christ until He returns, save you [see 1st Corinthians 11:23-26]. Baptism, likewise, is simply a picture of the believer’s identification with Christ by faith alone [see Romans 6:1-11]."
Israel is a people. Jews are from the tribe of Judah. Judah was the southern kingdom that split from Israel the Northern Kingdom. All of this happened before the Jews/Judaism surfaced, ie Ezra Nehemia. What was the purpose of the chosen? The purpose was to be an older brother/sister to teach the nations about God....they failed...they lost their land....the reason? I believe to show that the Kingdom is not of this earth...cling to the earth...no the Kingdom is like this and then follow the parables....and now the real Israel, the true Israel, the People, the people of God is the Church whereby all Christians are to do what....teach the other nations about God...and the Kingdom is not of this earth...so there is no land to lose...just your eternal soul.....Burnt offerings I want not....I WANT YOU....and you can imagine the guy in the american flag with a top hat pointing at you except this is the big Guy...saying, cmon down....I created this earth...and this is not your eternal home....from dirt you came and to dirt you shall return until you return to ME...thus sayest the Lord...amen, do I hear an amen????:)
In the mean time the dispensationalists and all the other whackos will be blowing people up over land believing that the Bible has something to do with it. Israel, the land, the people denies what Exodus 19 demands....
5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Did they obey? Did they keep the Covenant? Whose earth is it? Are they a kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation...this piece of Dirt the dispensationilsts call Israel?
Read the song of Moses and the last words of Joshua..pretty much what Moses said..
19And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. 28So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
And what did the Northern Kingdom of Israel with Samaria as its capitol.do?...when Jesus met the Samaritan woman...he told her you worship what you do not know...because they did not worship in the temple...my father's house...did they Obey? this...Israel...these people...NO. They lost what was promised because they could not keep the Covenant....and if you read Exodus and Joshua it is not like they were not warned...to establish the land of Israel based on the Bible is to say that God did not know what He was doing when they lost it...who then is obeying God and what the Bible says?