CHRISTIAN’S ARE CALLED TO LOVE ISRAEL
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
As Christians, we should desire to follow God’s scripture, wholeheartedly. We should love what He loves just as much as to what He cares for. Therefore, if Christians trust and care about God, they should care about Israel.
During the recent conflict with Hamas in May (21), it has been disheartening to see on a personal level of hate and rejection of Israel and Jews in general amongst my former evangelicals friends from Campus Ministry across social media. It is growing in popularity to disregard Israel and Jews and it is seeping into the ‘Church’.
Anti-Semitic acts are on the rise and Israel is under attack constantly. What’s so important about the nation, land , and this tribe of Israel – the people of Israel?
1. God has made a Covenant with Abraham
Likely the most important reason, Biblically, is indeed the Covenant God has made with Abraham. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We can count on His word to be true as a never changing God. This irrevocable bond, in this case between God and the descendants of Abraham, is directly in relation to us.
Consider Israel as a microcosm of all mankind. How God speaks, relates to, and deals with Israel is a pattern for how He speaks, relates to, and deals with the rest of the world.-Unknown
Israel, chosen by God for His grand purpose, to be a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed). This is an election, an honor, and an important responsibility.
Examining the Old Testament Scriptures, we witness failure after failure on Israel’s part. Israel 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.
What does God do about this unfaithfulness? He gives another chance. And then another. He disciplines Israel, then reiterates His love, expectation, and desire for them.
God’s unwavering love of Israel helps us grasp the character of God. As we continually learn of His enduring compassion and mercy towards His people, we ought to understand His compassion and mercy towards us. We witness His standards and guidelines as an example of how we are to live.
In spite of of Israel failing to meet God’s standard, there remains a plan and purpose for this nation. Just as we have short falls, God has a plan and a purpose for each of us if we accept Jesus as our savior, confessing our short falls to Him, humbly. (see 2 Timothy 2:13).
2. Inheritance in the Spirit, through the Jewish people
There is an invisible connection, by the Spirit, as believers and followers in Christ to the people and land of Israel.
Many reasons can be stated, but the most notable is the foundation of Christianity. Where was Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior born and where will He return? That answer is simple, Israel. It is one reason we as Christians have a desire to walk the land Christ did and why we should hold the land close to our heart.
Walking where Jesus walked, preached and died for our sins is a desire many Christian’s have as they grow closer to Jesus. Of course, we should pray for Israel and the people of Israel as the Bible calls us to, but also it should come naturally as a believer.
We should consider that through the Jewish people, we have the message of the prophets, the Scriptures, and the Messiah. Select Jews throughout history have given or risked their lives for the Word of God, enabling to continue spreading the Hope it brings. This brings about a sense of humility and gratitude towards Israel in our hearts.
The Jewish people are our brothers and sisters in Spirit, not by flesh or blood. As such, we should stand with them, praying for their safety.
There are direct ways we can help too! Consider writing an email to your local or nearest Jewish Synagogue. A simple Google search on maps can help you locate and find their website. Simply go to their Contact or About portion and express your love for them as a Christian, perhaps even offering them volunteer help for events in the future.
3. God’s final plan for Israel
Finally, and probably the most important in the times we presently live. God has a final plan for Israel, as stated in the Bible. We see the signs of the end times before our eyes, the world turning against Israel heavily, especially during the latest Hamas conflict.
Jesus is coming again
Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives, on the east side of Jerusalem, and Jesus is coming again to the same place. [Acts 1:9-12 and Zechariah 14:4-5]
You see, Jesus will return to Jerusalem, within Israel. He is not coming to a major city in the U.S. or any western country for that matter. God has blessed many Gentile nations that formed and strived on His word, but that door is coming to a close. The rapture is imminent and Jesus is about to take His bide up. That said, God’s focus will be solely on Israel soon.
His coming, this time, will not be difficult to discern. It will be sudden and, for many, unexpected. [Matthew 24:44; Mark 13:36]
Jesus’ return will not be in secret. [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17]
Perhaps the most important is the growing risk of a multi-front conflict with the several Iran proxy groups surrounding Israel.
It is a good reason to keep an eye on events in Jerusalem. Jesus said: Watch! [Matthew 24:42].
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.
Half of the city will go into exile but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
You will flee by My mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him.[Zechariah 14:2-5]
God is faithful
God will prove Himself faithful with final events in Jerusalem.
If God would forsake the Jews, after making unconditional promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, then how could Christians, with their faith in the Jewish Messiah, have confidence in Him to complete what He began in their lives?
Fear not, since God is trustworthy, because He will never give up on Israel even in resistance to Him, our salvation is assured.