Great Sermon! the answer to this question is basically what Paul wrote in Romans 11:
http://www.biblegateway.com/ passage/?search=Romans+11&versi on=KJV
Verses 22 to 25 may apply to the previous commenters and should be taken very seriously since some of their comments seem antisemitic
Mark Maxfield (7/30/2012)
Why Jesus told them that they did not hear his words because they were not his sheep.I do not know there you read they have a special way of reaching God. All the blessings, covenants and blessings were to Jacobs descendants. They were Essa's descendants that is why they said they had never been in bondage to any man. The new covenant also is not for them. Hebrews 8:8. Read your history King of Judah John Hyrcanus conquered the Edomites 125 bc they what you know as Jews today. True Israel was sent into dispersion 600 years or more before that and never returned to Israel but migrated from the Assyrian captivity to all of Europe and made those nations in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham his seed would become many nations. From the bible and history books.
Great Sermon! WHY DID GOD PUNISH ISRAEL SO SEVERELY?
Israel always sinned against God because of unbelief. The Old Testament is a chronicle of Israel's repeated failure to obey God and its refusal to keep His commandments.
Because Israel rejected Jesus, no Israeli has a right to occupy their land on the basis of a covenant. Jesus had warned, "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruit thereof". (Mat 21:43 kjv).
In 135 A.D. the Romans reduced Jerusalem to a pile of rubble. The entire population of Israel was permanently evicted from Palestine. Jesus Christs' fateful words, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." (Mat 23:38 kjv), met a complete fulfilment.
This did not mean God rejected Israel from any hope of salvation, but it did mean that Judaism was no longer the divinely appointed means of approaching God. Israel was broken off because of unbelief of Jesus as their Messiah and that is the reason why God punish Israel so severely from thereon through Holocaust and even until now.
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim, Northern...