Why are so many Christians silent when it comes to speaking out for Israel or supporting Israel? Is it out of fear? Is it out of lack of knowledge? God’s word commands us to study to show thyself approved. (2 Timothy 2:15)
God’s word is so clear to those who have eyes to see. The Lord tells us in Jeremiah 29:12-14, Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
The Lord and His characteristics have never changed. He is the same God in the Bible. His eye is on Israel.
Isaiah 41:8-13New International Version (NIV)
8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
To be Christ like is to take on the characteristics of our Lord and Savior. It is to love what he loves. Honor and obey His precepts and His laws.
I am studying more each day to show myself approved. The conflict in Israel is a discussion in our home daily. The Lord has place Israel on our hearts. I am diving in deeper to understand more of the Jewish culture. The bloodline that my Savior is from and lived throughout His life here on earth. We cannot turn our heads and look the other way at what is going on in this country. It is the Holy Land. It is the land that our Savior is coming back to establish His kingdom here on Earth. It is the apple of His eye.
Lord, open our eyes. Teach us what you want us to know about this mighty nation. YOU and you alone are the keeper Of Israel. Give us a desire for knowledge and understanding. Show us how we are to love what you love. I hold onto your promises, You, Oh God, will bless those who bless Israel, and him who dishonors, you will curse, and in you (Israel) all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
I invite you to thoughtfully and prayerfully think on the following reasons for the Christian’s support for Israel.
1. The Bible is a predominant Jewish text.
The Bible was written in Hebrew, by Hebrew writers, for Hebrew people, who were living in a Hebraic culture and abiding by Hebraic laws and customs.
Scholars have identified that the New Testament is written in better Hebrew grammar than the Greek language.
2. Christian Covenants were established in Judaism.
The covenant of Salvation was revealed with Abraham. (Genesis 15).
The covenant of Sanctification was revealed with Moses. (Exodus 19: 5-8; Deuteronomy 28)
Jesus even stated in John 4:22, “…salvation is of the Jews.”
3. The earliest Founding Fathers of the Christian Faith were Jewish (Judeo-Christian).
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were the Hebrew speaking Patriarchs of our Faith.
David, Solomon, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Daniel were all Jewish men who laid the foundation of our faith and knowledge in God, our Heavenly Father.
Because of this undeniable Jewish foundation, the faith of Christianity is more properly termed ‘Judeo-Christian.’
4. The Land of our faith is Israel.
Israel is known as the ‘Land of the Bible’ – the birthplace and homeland of Jesus and the Judeo-Christian faith.
5. Jesus was a Jew.
Jesus’ mother, Mary, was a young Jewish girl who lived in a Galilee city called Nazareth and was related to Zechariah (Luke 1) who was a Levite of the Tribe of Israel and served in the Temple.
Jesus’ earthly father’s lineage (Joseph) traces back to Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus.The Bible records that Jesus celebrated Passover (Matthew 26:18), as well as the minor festivals of Dedication, or Hanukkah (John 10:22), and possibly Purim (John 5).
Jesus was wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) when the woman touched the hem or fringes of His garment and was healed.
The Christian’s Messiah grew up as a Jew, practiced His faith as a Jew, was recognized as a Jewish Rabbi (John 1:49; 3:2), died and was buried in Jewish custom, and will return as our Jewish Messiah!
6. Christians have been given opportunity to share in the Spiritual heritage of the Jews.
In Romans 11, Paul states that Christians are ‘wild branches’ that have been grafted into the same Tree to which the Jews are connected.
Christians have NOT replaced Israel or the Jews in God’s design, but we have been graciously given invitation and access to their spiritual supply and heritage.
7. God blesses those who choose to bless Israel.
In Genesis 12:1-3, God declared His intended greatness for the Hebrew people/nation and further decreed either blessings or curses upon others in direct response to their treatment of the Hebrew people.
8. ‘Peace,’ ‘tranquility’ and ‘prosperity’ are all connected to praying for and loving Jerusalem.
Psalm 122:6 instructs us to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
9. The Jews are the ‘apple’ of God’s eye.
Zechariah 2:8 informs us of God’s mindset concerning the Jews when He stated, “…for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”
10. The New Testament commands us to financially bless and support the Jews.
Romans 15:27 states, “They (non-Jews) were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them (Jews). For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they (non-Jews) owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” NIV
Paul’s admonition to the followers of Jesus was to care for and support the Jews in response to the debt of heartfelt gratitude we have for the spiritual heritage and foundations of our faith made available through Judaism.
( Ten reasons information is gathered from a website that Scott Thomas, the Sr. Pastor of Without Walls Central in Lakeland, Fl. Passionate teacher of Torah and Hebraic Studies (which makes the Bible and Life make a little more sense). Strong advocate for Israel and the Jewish people)