Israel 's Relationship Between God And Israel

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The people of Israel, the chosen people, had a complex relationship with their God. Throughout the First Testament, Israel’s relationship with God seems to take several forms. Their relationship becomes more complex as the Israelites grow as the people of Yahweh. I will explore Israel’s relationship beginning with Abraham, continuing onto Israel’s story following Egypt and onto the interpretation of prophets Ezekiel and Hosea. Overall, the relationship between God and Israel seems to be a disproportional one of in which Israel attempts to obey God in return for God’s blessings and a promise of prosperity. God seems remains loving of Israel regardless of their actions. The relationship between God and Israel begins with the story of Abraham. God makes a covenant with Abraham promising his descendants to be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. Further this covenant also promises to give his descendants great vastness of lands as well as many other perks (Genesis 15:18-21). This would later be called the Abrahamic covenant. God gives the right of circumcision to Abraham, stating that all males descendants of Abraham are to be circumcised. This was to be the sign of the covenant between God and Abraham (Genesis 17:9-14). Of course, this was to be the mark that distinguished the people of God (Jews/ Israelites) later on. God does not require Abraham to follow any specific laws or commandments. He simply makes this promise to Abraham, with the expectation that all males will
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