Pray For Israel Revisited
PRAY FOR ISRAEL REVISITED
This week President Trump made the announcement that the United States will move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Israel. This move was something that was agreed upon on October 23, 1995 by the 104th Congress in a bi-partisan decision and it is finally going to be implemented. Praise God!
This week President Trump made the announcement that the United States will move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Israel. This move was something that was agreed upon on October 23, 1995 by the 104th Congress in a bi-partisan decision and is finally going to be implemented. Praise God!
Let’s join King David’s prayer in Psalms 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. NKJV Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. NLT Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure”.
Two years ago, in April of 2015, I posted the following “Pastors Heart” in reference to why we need to pray for Israel. I would like to revisit this post as a reminder to us during this historical event, that we should continue to intercede for Israel and the peace process in the Middle East.
PRAYING FOR ISRAEL
I recently read a story about Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It took place during the late 19th century. Queen Victoria asked Prime Minister Disraeli the following question:
"Mr. Prime Minister, what evidence can you give me of the existence of God?" Disraeli thought for a moment and then replied, "The Jew, your majesty."
Think of it, according to Disraeli, the primary evidence that God exists is the existence of the Jewish people. It makes perfect sense.
The survival of the Jewish people is a miracle of God. The return of the Jewish people to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a miracle of God. A new nation that began in that land in 1948 and named after their ancestor Jacob, whose divinely appointed name “Israel” means "Prince with God" is a miracle of God.
We should pray for and support Israel because we believe that the words of Moses and the prophets of Israel were inspired by God. We believe that the birth of a Jewish state in the land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was ordained by God.
We believe that God has a plan for this nation, which He intends to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth. The Holy City of Jerusalem is our spiritual capital, and the continuation of Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land is a safeguard to us that the God of the Bible exists and that His Word is true.
We are with Israel in their struggles, we are with them as a wave of anti-Semitism is on the rise and nations that were once staunch allies with Israel are pulling back. We as Christians must pray and stand with them.
Queen Esther went before the King to be an advocate for her people. Her cousin Mordecai said to her in Esther 4:14, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position [the Kingdom] for such a time as this?”
POINT: Queen Esther was used by the Lord to save Israel from extinction. Israel is precious and special to God and He will judge, punish, destroy and bring down anyone or nation that comes against them.
EX: Satan has been trying to cut off and destroy God’s purpose for his creation and the Nation of Israel since the Garden of Eden, to the days of Moses and Pharaoh, to King Herod and the killing of newborn male babies to Adolph Hitler and the Holocaust during WW2.
Today, the names may have changed, but the same demonic influence has not. They now are called Iran, ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Hamas, Radical Islamist, et all, and are still trying to wipe Israel out.
ZECH. 2:8, “For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.”
"Why did God choose Israel to be His chosen people?"
Answer: Speaking of the nation of Israel, Deuteronomy 7:7-9 tells us, “The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your forefathers that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.”
We owe Israel a debt. Christianity did not just suddenly appear one night in Bethlehem. Our spiritual roots are in Judaism. Without Jews and Judaism there would be no Christianity. We owe a debt of love and thanks to the Jewish people and their worship of Jehovah God.
Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their (the Jews) spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.”
God chose the nation of Israel to be the people through whom Jesus Christ would be born—the Savior from sin and death.
God confirmed that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people.
John 4:21-23, “Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews”.
Israel was not solely chosen for the purpose of producing the Messiah, but that they would go and teach others about Him. Israel was to be a nation of priests, prophets, and missionaries to the world.
The civil, judicial and moral code of our great nation that provides us with freedom and justice is based on the Bible that was given to us by the Jews.
Walk up the steps to the Capitol Building which houses the Supreme Court near the top of the building there is a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing the one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view — it is Moses and the Ten Commandments!
In the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door. Inside the courtroom, the wall right above where the Supreme Court judges sit a display of the Ten Commandments!
A sculpture of Moses has been in the House chamber of Congress since 1950, two years after the modern state of Israel was founded in 1948.
If we as a nation abandon these codes of morality and ethics we call “The Ten Commandments", we will no longer be viewed by the world as the nation that is the inspiration of freedom.
Ps. 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. NKJV Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. NLT Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure”. NIV
When we pray for Jerusalem and Israel, God promises prosperity, and security. I don't believe it’s possible to say, "I am a Christian" and not love Israel and the Jewish people. Please set aside time in your daily devotions to remember to pray for our Leaders in Washington and for the nation of Israel that we not surrender to the strategies of divisiveness, but remain united in defeating tyranny no matter where and no matter what name it takes on.
May God Bless and Keep You,
Pastor Richard Salazar