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Supporting Israel

posted Mar 3, 2015, 10:29 AM by First Baptist


Earlier today, the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, gave a speech before the US Congress. I think it was an important speech that every Christian in America should pay attention to. It was certainly riveting.

 

The prime minister is concerned that the Obama administration is close to cutting a deal with Iran that would leave Iran on the cusp of having a nuclear bomb. Such an arrangement leaves Israel particularly vulnerable because Iran regularly threatens to wipe Israel off the map.

 

According to news reports, the relationship between the United States and Israel has never been poorer. Particularly as Christians, we should have grave concerns about this.

 

Israel is the only Jewish state in the world. Israel’s land mass is a mere 21,000 square kilometers compared to 1.6 million square kilometers for Iran. Moreover, Israel’s population is only 7 million versus 75 million Iranians. Of course, Israel is SURROUNDED by numerous powerful nations that are hostile to their very existence.

 

The Jewish people are the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are the people of Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, David, the 12 disciples, and Paul. And yes, the Lord Jesus was a Jew.

 

God has a special covenant with the Jewish people. Part of the covenant states: “I [God] will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).

 

I believe one reason America has been so blessed is because of our longstanding support of Israel. Should that change, I fear for our own country.

 

It is certainly the case that most Jews are living in rebellion toward God because they continue to reject His Son. However, the apostle Paul points to a day when the Jewish people will turn to Jesus en masse and finally accept Him as their Messiah.

 

Romans 11 says:

 

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of Gentiles [non-Jews] have come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’

 

 

Most scholars don’t believe “all” means literally all, but rather “virtually all” or the “vast majority of.” Regardless of the precise meaning, this is exciting to contemplate and gives us another reason to stand with Israel.

 

Pastor Dan

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