There may be disposable plates, napkins, and utensils, but God doesn’t make disposable people. An elderly couple in excellent health told a doctor they sometimes had difficulty with their memory. He suggested that they take notes.

The next day while watching television on the couch, the woman got up and said, “I’m hungry. I’m going to get some ice cream.”

“Would you get some for me, please?” asked her husband.

“Sure.”

“Don’t you think you should write it down? Remember what the doctor said.”

“Oh, I don’t need to. That’s easy.”

“Would you please add some strawberries and whipped cream?” he added. She agreed, and then her husband asked, “Are you sure you don’t want to write it down?”

“I’m positive.”

About 20 minutes later, the wife returned from the kitchen with two plates of bacon and eggs. Her husband took one look at his plate and said, “You messed up my order. Where’s my toast?”

Some would cast away such people. God, on the other hand, does not. In fact, throughout human history, He has been carrying out His plan through a group of individuals many have labeled “castaways.” While most Bible-believers understand God has chosen the nation of Israel to fulfill His plan for humanity, Christians are divided over God’s role with Israel today: has He permanently cast Israel away in favor of the Church, or does He still have a purpose for this nation? The answers to these questions will determine whether or not we should support Israel as a nation and as Christians.

According to today’s verses, Israel has been and will always be God’s chosen people. God used the unchanging ordinances He established in Creation as an analogy of His relationship to Israel — it has not changed. However, God is dealing with this nation in a different way today than He was before the Church was established. Once the Church is raptured, then God will work with Israel again. We’ll discuss this more tomorrow.

This means that you should continue praying for Israel. Show your solidarity with God’s people by touring their country. Encourage your local politicians to support Israel. Provoke the lost Jewish people to jealousy by your transformed, grace-filled life. God doesn’t throw away the world’s castaways, and neither should we.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.