As I study ancient Israel in the Old Testament, I’m struck by some things.
- Israel was a united country, although there was strife between the 10 northern tribes and King Solomon.
- Israel broke away and formed it’s own country, separate from Judah
- Israel changed it’s temple worship away from Jerusalem and created a much less pure temple worship (in Dan and Bethel).
- The tribes of Israel were then watered down through inter-marriage with other countries’ refugees, becoming a shadow of the true Jewish blood they once had.
- Even with all this “falling away” from the Old Covenant, Jesus found some faithful Samaritans who were healed and saved.
And then I balance this with a brief and general summary of Christianity.
- There was One Church for over a 1000 years, with some strife from time to time, mainly between the Pope and differing factions.
- Then some church members broke away and formed their own religions.
- Protestants changed their Sunday Liturgy, often removing the altar and the Sacrifice, the central part of the Catholic Liturgy, as well as the rest of the Sacraments.
- The various Protestant religions then began to splinter even further upon themselves, where most of them aren’t even recognizable by any religion of the first 1600 or so years.
- Through all of this, there are Christians that will be judged Righteous by God and brought into Salvation.
And yet, I’m held by yet another hope of a case of deja vu. That, just as God promised He would re-unite Israel, I pray that God will re-unite Christians to be the one True Church that the Devil loathes so much!
Your thoughts are welcome!