Israel as we all know is the name given to Jacob in God’s camp at Mahanaim or Peniel (for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved). It is a name depicting transformation. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel (Gen 35:10). God gave him the name (2Kg 17:34).
Israel is a name given to God’s chosen people. God spoke to them in Egypt, “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians”. In Deuteronomy Moses said “And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day” (4:37-38). Israel is the chosen people of God (2 Sam 7:23, Ps 135:4, Isa 43:1, 45:4).
Israel is also a type of the true Church, when obedient. Such Church is called out to separation (2 Cor. 6:14-18), exalted to high position (Deut 26:19, Isa 45:14, 60:14-22), under special protection, victorious in battle, special protection from calamities, etc.
PROF MADU O. IWE, FNIFST, CFS
National Council chairman
& Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State