“For thus saith Jehovah of hosts: After glory hath he sent me unto the nations which plundered you; for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”(Zechariah 2:8 ASV)
God has revealed himself to the world in ways that we can understand. He has given us His Word in which He also shows His concern about the Jews – God’s people and the ‘apple of his eye’ (Zechariah 2:8).
God chose Israel as a nation to show forth his glory:
“For thou art a holy people unto Jehovah thy God: Jehovah thy God hath chosen thee to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6 ASV)
God said that the Jews are the evidence of his existence:
“Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 ASV)
Genesis chapter 12. God made promises to Abraham, the first Jew – that he would have descendants (the Jews), a land (Israel), that because of him not just they but the whole world would be blessed. Jehovah made further promises to Abraham's ancestors , Isaac and Jacob.
Much later, in Galatians 3 verse 16, we learn that these promises also refer to Jesus Christ: “To Abraham and his seed were the promises made,” and that seed (descendant) is Jesus.The covenant later opened out to include people of all races who are faithful (Galatians 3:28-29; Psalm 103:17-18; Psalm 50:16-23).
There are prophecies about the nation that are yet to be fulfilled. All the indications are that they will be fulfilled soon. (Read Zechariah chapters 12 and 13.)
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