There was no Plan B. God’s plan in choosing Israel was to bless “all peoples” (Genesis 12:3). There is evidence throughout the Bible that this plan has not changed. It is a strong theme that ties the Old and New Testament together. Here is an example of that from the prophet, Isaiah, who lived roughly 1000 years after Abraham and 700 years before Jesus:
” This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:1-3)
Isaiah used the word, mountains, to symbolize nations or people groups. Notice that the plan was for “all nations” to be attracted to “the God of Jacob” (Israel) and to learn “His ways, so that we might walk in His paths.” God’s blessing comes to those who discover that life works best when they follow the “Manufacturer’s instructions.” God’s plan is for “many peoples,” “all peoples,” to recognize this simple truth and live by it. When this plan is fully accomplished, Isaiah foresees international peace!
“…They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4b)
And, with that goal in mind, that he urges the people of Israel:
“Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5)
They could not do it. Despite being chosen and uniquely blessed, Israel could not bring themselves to “walk in the light of the Lord.” Nevertheless, God’s plan continued, unchanged, through Jesus. Born to the people of Israel, He was the “word of the Lord” that would go out from Jerusalem! Amazing…