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This paper examines how the relationship between God and his chosen people in the Old Testament is close and personal, but often turbulent. In particular, it looks at how God's covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the extension of the covenant to the people of Israel as a whole, is initially a great blessing, but how it also causes severe rifts within the lineage of Abraham. The paper further examines how the Israelites' inability to maintain their end of the agreement with God ultimately leads them into disaster.
From the Paper:"In order to understand this complicated relationship between God and his people, one must begin with the concept of the covenant. The idea of the covenant between God and man is a supremely important recurring theme in the Old Testament. Both Genesis and Exodus are centered on the covenants God creates with the Israelites, as well as his more personal covenants with individuals such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The covenants created by God with his prophets also establish a lineage that is blessed and favored by God. However, these agreements between God and man often leave out a part of the covenanted individual's family. God explicitly states in Genesis, for example, that while he will "make [Ishmael] a great nation", his covenant is firmly with Isaac instead (Genesis 17:20-21). This division between the favored lineage and the lesser lineages in the books of the Old Testament is meant to create a clear message: that the Israelites are God's favored people because of their pious and God-fearing ancestors."
Sample of Sources Used:
- New American Standard Bible. La Habra: The Lockman Foundation, 1998.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
God's Treatment of Israel (2012, February 05) Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/god-treatment-of-israel-150374/
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