John Piper (theologian)

John Piper says this:

Today, Israel as a nation is a covenant-breaking people—they are rejecting their Messiah, Jesus. In this condition of unbelief and disobedience, she has no “divine right” to the Land of Promise.

Please understand that he says this in the context of supporting the Jewish people as God’s special people and backing their right to defend themselves against terrorism. This, however, is the first time I’ve come across this particular line of thinking.

He precedes the above statement with

Thus, when Israel broke her covenant in protracted disobedience, God, after much mercy, brought judgments on her, including eviction from the Promised Land. “The king of Assyria carried the Israelites … because they did not obey the voice of the Lord their God but transgressed his covenant” (2 Kings 18:11–12). “Because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey his voice, this thing has come upon you” (Jer. 40:3; cf. Deut. 28:45; Ps. 78:56–61).

Is “Israel as a nation” (it’s not clear whether he’s talking about the secular nation of Israel or the people of Israel known today as the Jewish people) breaking a covenant by rejecting Messiah? Yes, they may be sinning by rejecting Him, but is that covenant breaking and, if so, which covenant? And does that negate their “divine right” to the Land as a result? Or was that only the punishment for their earlier transgressions in the Scripture cited?

Or is this just another twist on “Some of my best friends are Jews” supercessionism?

What do you think?

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