God chose Israel to be His witness so the nations would know, love and trust Him. To be His witness was not only to bring His Word and His Messiah to the nations, but also to be an example and reflection of His character.
Some people believe that when God wanted to separate from Israel, that it would be forever (Isaiah 50:1). But God never breaks His covenant relationship with Israel. His promise to Jeremiah confirms His everlasting love for Israel and His plans for her future – the restoration of the Land as well as the people.
God keeps the promises He has made to Israel. Likewise, God keeps His promises to the nations. This is a promise that He made to Zephaniah warning the nations of His judgment to come. Then there is the good news that the result of that judgment will be the cleansing and purifying of men’s hearts! […]
The world of the prophets was limited to the people and nations surrounding and impacting Israel. Of course these ancient nations have today changed but God’s warnings still apply as well as to nations not mentioned.
God gives a warning of punishment to Iran, but in mercy promises a future blessing. Although they would never return to their own land, they would be counted in the great number of Gentiles redeemed by faith in Jesus.
God’s judgment on Edom reflects His punishment on any people or nation that treats Israel badly.
From their conception, the twin sons of Isaac struggled in the womb. The conflict erupted when Esau traded his inheritance for a bowl of soup. Of course rather than take responsibility for his actions Esau blamed Jacob.
God is patient and long suffering, enduring the rebellion of both Israel and the nations. But there comes a time when He will no longer be patient with mankind. In His holiness and justice, He must act. We must not be deceived or uncaring, but be aware of the coming judgment.
God’s desire is that all people will know Him as their loving but holy Father and Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, in the midst of judgment God always offers mercy and grace.