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God led the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage to form them into a holy nation. 
He told Moses, “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people. . .  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation” (Ex 19:5-6). 

God gave the Hebrews the Promised Land as a place to keep his commandments. 
He spoke through Moses, “Ye shall do My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety” (Lev 25:18). 

God warned his people that if they did not obey Him, He would punish them. 
If ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments . . . I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you” (Lev 26:13-17). 

The Hebrews did not keep God’s commandments. 
Psalms laments, “He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.  Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies” (Ps 78:55-56). 

God brought Israel’s enemies to punish them. 
Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword” (Ez 39:23).

Worse yet, the Hebrews served other gods. 
Jeremiah cried, “They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers” (Jer 11:10). 

God removed the Hebrews from the Promised Land. 
The Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen” (2 K 23:27). 

Those that turned to God returned to the Promised Land. 
Jeremiah prophesied, “Thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place” (Jer 29:10). 

The Jews rejected the Son of God, the Messiah sent to save them. 
Jesus foretold, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.” (Luke 9:22). 

Because the Jews crucified Jesus, God took the kingdom from them. 
Jesus decreed, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Mat 21:43).

God gave the gospel to the Gentiles. 
Paul taught, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal 3:14).  Elsewhere, he wrote, “The Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Eph 3:6).

The Gentiles were made into a holy nation. 
Peter taught, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 P 2:9).  Paul explained, “Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God’ (Eph 2:19).   

False teachers and carnal heresies entered the church after the apostolic age.
Paul warned, “After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).  Jude complained that these ungodly men were “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4).

The false teachers can enslave members in wickedness. 
Peter warned, “There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them . . .  Many shall follow their pernicious ways” (2 P 2:1-2).  

The apostles warned of an apostasy after their ministry
Paul wrote, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thes 2:3).

The apostasy of the apostolic church left the Gentiles without God’s word.  Amos prophesied, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.   And they shall . . .l run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12).

Points to Ponder

The Hebrews would not stop both animal sacrifices and offerings to false gods.

God gave the Mosaic Law to stop the Hebrews from sacrificing to false gods.

God gave the Mosaic Law to lead the Hebrews to Jesus and his sacrificial ways.

Christ’s sacrificial crucifixion ended animal sacrifices by Christians all together.

The holy kingdom that God placed in Israel raised it from ignorance and error.

When the Jews rejected Jesus, they rejected His Kingdom’s uplifting power. 

The law alone cannot build not the kingdom

 God’s Kingdom placed in His church liberated believers in political bondage.

 Christian virtue, morals and conduct proved superior to pagan ideas and ideals.

 The gospel of the Kingdom gave the Roman Empire greater dignity and mercy.

 The Savior’s gospel civilized and enlightened barbaric tribes lost in savagery. 

Christianity lost the Kingdom when it mingled Jesus’ values with worldly ethics. 

When the church apostatized, the world fell into a less civilized condition. 

God’s holy kingdom is emerging today

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