ISRAEL

We love her because God loves her.

Israel has been on God’s heart for thousands of years. God needed to choose a group of people to show the world His heart for humanity. In the beginning of God’s story, 6,000 years ago, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel and He never breaks a covenant. God is faithful to His promises, He loves beyond compare, and He never gives up on those He chooses. His heart is the same with Believers today just as we read about it in the Bible. His love cannot be stopped.

Christians are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to bless the nation of Israel, and partner with Him for their salvation (Isaiah 62:6-7, Ps. 122:6-9, Gen. 12:3, Zech. 12:10, Romans 11:25-27).

For 1,900 years Israel was no longer in existence. It has been the miracle of the modern era that in 1948 their land became a state again!

At 6:11 PM, White House Press Secretary Charlie Ross read the following statement dated May 14, 1948, approved and signed by President Harry Truman: “This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the [provisional] government thereof. The United States recognized the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new [State of Israel].”
Truman recorded his thoughts in his diary, writing: “One of the proudest days of my life occurred at [6:11] p.m. on Friday, May 14, when I was able to announce recognition of the new State of Israel by the government of the United States. In view of the long friendship of the American people for the Zionist ideal, it was particularly appropriate that our government should be the first to recognize the new state.”
(Citation- https://www.jerusalemprayerteam.org/2021/02/25/the-importance-of-israel/)

We are living in an amazing time where we get to see God’s faithfulness to the nation up close and in person. The people and the land are prospering again. Israel is a testament that we serve the one, true, living, faithful God.

The whole plan of God comes to a climax in the city of Jerusalem. Almost every nation on the earth has an opinion about this tiny little plot of land in the middle east. We desire to be found on the “side of God” when it’s all said and done in the political realm of the world. Even when no president, national leader, head of state, or supreme authority on the earth will support Israel,

Consider Israel as an example of all mankind.How God speaks, relates to, and deals with Israel is a pattern for how Hespeaks, relates to, and deals with the rest of the world. God is a good Father,He is patient, long suffering, and merciful.

99% OF ISRAELIS DON’T KNOW YESHUA (JESUS) AS THEIR MESSIAH

Weare seeing not only the physical restoration of Israel after a 2000-year exile,but a spiritual revolution is taking place right in front of our eyes. Jewishpeople are returning to their God and accepting the Messiah in numbers not seensince the early church! Not only that, but many Arab peopleare coming to the Lord and many Arab believers are finding a deep unity withtheir Jewish brothers and sisters.

1. God’s Covenant with Abraham

The primary and arguably the most compelling reason we should care about Israel, is because of a covenant. This irrevocable bond between two parties, in this case between God and the descendants of Abraham, is directly related to us.
Israel was chosen by God for a purpose, to be a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). This is an election, an honor, and a responsibility all in one.
As we examine the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Scriptures, we witness failure after failure on Israel’s part. They continually failed at keeping their end of the deal. Israelites did not keep the commandments God ordained. They exhibited time and again a refusal to obey Him.

2. Spiritual inheritance through the Jewish people

The second reason to support Israel is the spiritual connection all believers have to the land and the people of Israel.
As the birthplace of the Christian faith, followers of Jesus are drawn to visit Israel because they want to see and experience locations where much of Scripture took place. In spite of the repeated failings of Israel, there remains a plan and purpose for this nation. Despite the failings in my life and in your life, there remains a plan and a purpose for each of us. Man’s faithlessness thankfully does not nullify the faithfulness of God (see 2 Timothy 2:13).
Gentile believers are dependent upon the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As Paul lays out for us in Romans 11:17-21, the Jewish people are the support system of the Gentile believers. We begin to care about Israel when we understand Paul’s words:
Let us not be arrogant and cut ourselves off from the nourishing root. Respond with humility and love. The nations have a calling in this equation as well - to make Israel jealous, in the best way. Romans 11:11

3. The Restoration of Israel

Which leads us to a third, yet equally important point: revival. Beyond just caring for and about the Jewish people, generally speaking, believers in Jesus are called to provoke the Jewish people to godly jealousy.
It is through the love of God, and loving and honoring His people, that the flames of Jewish revival will come forth. This is a responsibility that Gentile believers carry, one that has been entrusted to them by God.
This is a really beautiful truth. When Gentile followers of God embrace this mission, the results are magnificent. Not only are Jewish people wooed by their Messiah, but healing and restoration between Jews and Gentiles can flow. Gentile believers can repent and rise from the destruction caused by antisemitic hatred has unfortunately been prevalent throughout history.

There is a unique parallel between the restoration of the Church and the salvation of Israel. In her book, Why Care About Israel?, the author Sandra Teplinsky puts it this way: “the blessings of Gentile and Jew are reciprocal. God’s plan of redemption depends on it.”
Christians should care about Israel because Israel is the key to understanding God’s love, purpose, and desire for humanity. He has established Israel to convey His love for all people. He has ordained Israel to bring His Word and the Messiah to Jewish and non-Jewish people. And He is beckoning Gentile Christians to participate in winning their Jewish brothers and sisters back to the God of their fathers.
(Citation - https://firmisrael.org/learn/3-reasons-christians-should-care-about-israel/ )

We desire to bless her in every way. Jesus came so that the Jewish people would be His. Salvation in Jesus is our first goal and like Jesus, we’re willing to help meet their physical needs in any way it helps open their hearts to The Gospel. We will not back down from blessing this nation as we fast, pray, give, go, and send.