September 17, 2012
Repeatedly in the Scriptures, God refers to Israel as His land.
In the beginning the church was made up of Jewish believers and then spread to Antioch, where the first Gentile congregation began, and from that base the Gospel of Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) spread into the entire world.
As it is written, “Behold I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense. And whoever believes on Him (Jesus) will not be put to shame.” (Romans 9:33) The Book of Romans, chapters 9 through 11, elaborates on the theology of how God is dealing with the Jews. The Word of God refers to Jews as the “root” and Gentiles as the “branches.”
I assure you that if the root (Israel) dies the branches will also die. We had better do what we can do to keep Israel alive and well. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” He came to us through Israel as a Jew. When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in Samaria, He said “Salvation is of the Jews.”
We are talking about God revealing Himself to mankind through the Jews. The proof lies within the land of Israel, even the fact that they have been resettled back in the land of Israel. Today we see the struggle of Jerusalem and their right to exist in the land that God gave to them. There are few people and nations that have made an abiding commitment to stand with Israel, but God will honor those that do. As Christians, we are intimately linked to the Jews as a people, and thereby the land of Israel, according to God’s Word.
Today is a sobering time and for some, a tragic time in history. We see the promises of God through prophecy being fulfilled. With that privilege of living in these last days, comes responsibility to stand with Israel because we were first brought into God’s salvation through the Jews. It is our responsibility to do Kingdom business until He returns. (Luke 19:13)
God has made Israel and the Jews a priority in His plan. Understanding that will help us to set right priorities. No matter how hot things get in the Middle East and around the world, we need to stand firm with Israel.
Take a steadfast, prayerful position before the throne of God and intercede for the peace of Jerusalem and lift your Spirit-filled voice to the throne in her behalf.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May those who love you prosper.” (Psalm 122:6)
(To be continued…)