“I am as likely to reject My people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!” – God
In a day and age when Israel is being increasingly more delegitimized in the press, in politics, and even in the pulpit, God is looking for a people who will carry His heart for Israel. In this short blog today, I want to give you five rock-solid, biblical reasons why every Christian should stand with Israel. When I say ‘stand with Israel’, I’m not speaking from a political perspective but rather from a Biblical perspective. If you look at Israel through a political lens, you’ll end up hating Arabs or Jews (or both!) but if you look at Israel through a Biblical lens, you’ll end up loving both Arabs and Jews.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive study but rather just some basic principles backed by scriptural evidence that I think will help equip you to answer those who seek to delegitimize the nation and the people of Israel.
1. God’s Heart is for Israel and the Jewish People!
If the title of this blog was, “The One Reason Why Every Christian Should Support Israel” this would be the reason, namely, God’s heart is for Israel and the Jewish people! That really should be good enough for us and should seal the deal. Listen to some of these indisputable statements made by God Himself to Israel and the Jewish people:
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD who as compassion on you.” Is 54:10
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jer 31:3
“I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. Is 49:14-16
“I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature”
These Scriptures are just a few that scratch the surface of God’s heart and feelings for Israel. If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, how can we thing that He would ever change where this fact is concerned?
Of course God’s heart is for each nation of the world. Of course it’s His desire that no one would perish (Jew and Gentile alike), but there is only one people group on this planet that He chose as the agent through whom salvation would come, namely, Israel!
2. It Reconnects Us to Our Heritage, Our Identity, and our Destiny.
The Jewish people are the Messiah’s own people because Jesus is Jewish! He wasn’t just Jewish for 33 years and then became a ‘Christian’ when He ascended to heaven. He was born King of the Jews, He was raised by Torah observant parents, He was called ‘rabbi’ by those who followed his teachings, He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He died King of the Jews, and He’s returning as the Lion of the tribe of Judah!
Our heritage in the Messiah is a Jewish heritage:
Rom 9:3-5 – For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ
Eph 1:3-5 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in the Messiah…He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus the Messiah to Himself…”
Jer 31:31-34 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, …“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “
3. We Have Been Grafted in to Provoke Israel to Jealousy
Unfortunately, rather than provoking Israel to jealousy, the ‘Church’ has been a source of much pain to Jewish people throughout the centuries. In the name of ‘Christianity’, Jews have been maligned, persecuted, and even killed by cross-bearing men and women who faithfully attended Church on a weekly basis. As a matter of fact, many of the ‘church fathers’ actually taught that God was through with Israel and that His promises were now transferred from Israel to the Church.
Rom 11:11 – I say then, they [natural Israel] did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles [nations], to make Israel jealous.
Rom 11:17-18: [Paul is speaking to the Gentiles] “…But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.”
4. Jewish Revival will lead to World Revival and the return of the Messiah
We should stand with Israel because Israel holds the key to world redemption. As a result of Israel rejecting the Messiah, salvation has come to the Nations of the world. However, Scripture is clear that when Israel accepts their Messiah, it will be ‘life from the dead’! Yeshua can’t return until Israel welcomes Him back. Therefore, we must remember that the Gospel is still the power of salvation to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Rom 1:16).
Rom 11:11-15 – Again I ask: Did they [Israel] stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles [nations] to make Israel envious [jealous]. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles…For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
Matt 23:37-39 – “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”
5. Church Has a Debt To Israel Who Brought Them The Messiah
Rom 15:25-27 “… but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them [to the believers in Jerusalem]. For if the Gentiles [nations] have shared in their [Israel’s] spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.
As the Jewish New Year rolls in, I want to encourage you with this important 5th point. Amazingly, Paul would travel to the Gentile believers around the region to collect money for the believers in Jerusalem. Together For Israel exists to fulfill this biblical mandate and, by God’s grace, we are seeing people around the globe who are partnering with us in a supernatural way. When we give financial help to the needy in the Land, we always tell them that it is not from us, but rather from believers around the world who have a love for the God of Israel. If the Lord would put it on your heart to help us support the believers in Israel, you can do so by clicking here.
May the Lord bless you in this New Year!