My roommate picks up the latest book I am reading on Israel shakes his head in disapproval and sets it back down not without giving one last flippant roll of his eyes. In the church service, a member vocally gives protest to an offering taken for an Israeli ministry. Christian writers and bloggers give negative report against Israel’s people, the Jewish nation. A few months ago, I began to pray for a greater revelation on my role in standing for Israel. I had read the verses, but did not understand the full implications. I wanted to know God’s heart for Israel. What did he require of me and my understanding? I had begun to fall victim to news reports. Some of you may remember when I posted about Israel bombing and using white phosphorous gas. I wrote this post with the question in my heart. God brought to my mind the verse in Hosea, “a people without knowledge will come to ruin.” So, I began to seek out the truth of God’s heart regarding Israel.
Sometimes God’s response when I call on him about truth on an issue is delayed or very gradual. With the matter of Israel, it has come in intense waves. The emotions of God have many times overcome me. I have stayed up for nights and hours at a time praying for Israel along with Jesus, Yeshua, the great intercessor. I pray that if you are a Christian and are in doubt of the importance of our part in loving, supporting, and reaching out to Israel, ask God. He will answer you with an intensity that you may not be ready for. In fact, if you need any help, send me an email and I will give you all of the resources and insight that God has blessed me with on this matter.
Romans 11:11 Because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
We have been grafted in because God’s first fruits, the people of Israel, rejected Jesus. Because of their rejection, you and I (if you are not a Jew) were able to be adopted into the family of God. Now if we are the adopted children of God, then the Jews are the natural born children. This is the ‘first-born’, in God’s order they were first. He doess not love them most, but He loved them first. The Jewish people are more familiar with God, his ways, his processes. They are a nation that speaks the language of God.
I don’t know how many opportunities you have had to hear the Hebrew language spoken, but it is a beautiful and amazing language. One word paints a picture in your mind. Take the word: Shalom. It carries with it so much meaning. Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken. It’s a wholeness and well-being in the sense of everything working together smoothly, particularly in the sense of being at one with God. When I hear God speak to me, of course He speaks English, but He speaks in this way. He may say only three words, but those words are pregnant with the meaning of a hundred words. I do believe that the Hebrew language is the closest to the language of God.
I remember one night I was driving home from taking my long-distance boyfriend back to the airport so that he could fly home to California. Doubts had began to stir within me regarding the future of our relationship, and I began to pray. God began to speak three words over my heart “He Will Come”. Those words resonated and echoed in my spirit. He will come. Three simple words. But those words stirred up a lack of faith and patience. It reminded me of dreams that God had given me of a husband with longer hair, and my boyfriend with his crew cut represented the opposite of this promised man. Those words reminded me of God’s faithfulness and his promises. Three words that changed my life and my thinking forever. It is the language of God ever piercing, permeating to our souls. When I hear Hebrew spoken, I feel the presence of God. I’m hearing the language of my saviour, Jesus …Yeshua Hamashia.
I recommend that you read the apostle, Paul’s word to Christians regarding the nation of Israel in Romans 11:11-32. I pray that God will cause you to join with His love for Israel and the Jewish people. For if you are against Israel, then you stand against God. For God said in Genesis 12:3 ,
I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
God’s words are forever and Amen. He does not change nor does his covenant. He is the same today as He was yesterday and His words concerning Israel stand firm today. Do not fall into the deception that is prevailing today in the world to stand against Israel. We must stand for her and bless her.