There are some people who believe that God rejected the Jews, because they would not follow His laws. These people say that the Christians have replaced the Jews as God’s people. While I agree that Jewish people who have not accepted Christ are not saved, I think God still sees the Jews as his people. Below are the Bible verses that convince me of this. The verses were taken from the Christian NIV Old Testament (except where otherwise stated). For further information on this subject, I recommend reading the book, Understanding Israel, by Malcolm Hedding.
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.
Please note that according to Mr. Hedding, “History has thus seen Israel twice exiled from her land – in 586 BC under Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon, and in 70 AD under Titus, or Rome.” Israel did not see this second predicted exile end until 1948.
“However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when men will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Romans 11: 1-6 (This verse is New Testament, not Tanakh)
I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
Romans 11:25-27 (This verse is New Testament, not Tanakh)
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
Now to me, these verses do not sound like they come from a God who has forgotten his people. “God will gather and bring you back…, God did not reject his people…, never again to be uprooted from the land… These are direct promises from God to his people, the Israelites. Either God still sees these people as his people, or he has broken these promises… and God has never broken his promises.