Micah 5:3 Therefore He will give them [up] until the time When she who is in labor has given birth. Then the remainder of His kinsmen Will return to the sons of Israel. (NASB2020)
Question: Are the sons of Israel the same as the sons of God? Don’t jump to conclusions with this question; remember Jesus was called the Son of God and the son of man.
Isaiah 66:7 “Before she was in labor, she delivered; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. 8 “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be given birth all at once? As soon as Zion was in labor, she also delivered her sons. (NASB2020)
As soon as Zion was in labor, she also delivered. Zion is the city of God (Jerusalem).
What is God telling us in these verses. We certainly need help in deciphering this message. Paul perhaps helps a bit with the “sons”. He says: that the entire creation awaits the revealing of the sons of God. So are the sons of Israel possibly one and the same as the sons of God?
If we look at verse 2 of Micah 5, we will see that the “he” in verse 3 is Jesus the Son of God our savior, who we know is the first born of many brethren (ROM 8:29). Paul who was a student and scholar of the Old Testament explains much in his own writings. He speaks a lot about Israel. His understanding of them is of a people in need of salvation, which will come to them only after every last gentile will be saved (adopted) and as such added to a tree that only Israel possessed up until this mass Gentile inclusion.(Rom 11)
Isa. 66, tells us that “Before she was in labor, she delivered; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. Is this one in labor speaking of Israel or Zion?
It actually was Israel, who was to give birth to this boy or man child before she herself is to actually be in labor to birth her sons. Are we included with her sons?
Just who this son is will tell us. He is born before she ever goes into labor. And just as it is written Jesus was born and began the ministry of the gospel, out of which Paul informs us was to come the sons of God. In fact Paul makes clear in 1 Cor 15, that only in Christ will the resurrection to sonship be made possible. Somehow this event was to come about as Paul states it elsewhere: as the whole creation groans to see the revealing of the sons of God.
Isaiah said: in one day, that a nation would be born. Israel’s travail which is forthcoming during the Tribulation will finally produce that holy nation of which Isaiah speaks that is yet to be born, and so Jesus’ Second Coming will at that same time be the revealing of the sons of God through the resurrection.
God gives us His truth in many ways so that we can’t miss it if we will but hear.
So I ask again are Israel’s sons the same as God’s sons? Jesus in John 10 when teaching on the sheep and the one sheep fold for His sheep tells us that other sheep that are not of the existing flock of Israel are to be added to His fold in order that there may be one flock and one shepherd over them. The oneness of God’s sons or of His people is taught in so many different ways.
In addition to Jesus teaching of the one flock; Paul taught this unity in the Olive tree of Romans 11. Peter teaches it concerning the one Holy nation and priesthood to which Isa. 66:8 makes reference. Paul understood and taught us that paradise which was the holding place for the Old Testament saints was moved with Jesus into Heaven, and awaits our arrival should we die before He returns for us. It was also Paul who told us: Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. (NASB1995)
And Jesus said to Nicodemus that we must be born again. If you are born again in Christ Jesus, then you are a child of promise; a child of Abraham. You are adopted sons of Abraham, and sons of God. God’s Grace has been extended to an entire world offering you and me sonship by a loving Father, who sent His son to make us His brethren.