Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I support Israel!
7:16 p.m. Today's project was to support Israel. Why do I support Israel? Because the Bible clearly notes God's love and watchcare for His chosen people, whether they walk in faithful obedience to Him, or turn their backs on Him. As II Timothy 2:13 says of our God concerning His people in every age,
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.
The Jews are God's chosen people. Why did--and still does--He single them out? To this day, Israel has withstood the enemies which surround her, and seen civilization after civilization pass off of the world stage. I heard a Jewish man describe the rationale for his people's holidays: "They tried to kill us, they failed. Let's eat." Wry humor indeed, but true humor always has a grain of truth.
What does God say about His chosen people? Why did He choose them? Hear His voice in Deuteronomy 7:6-8:
For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Not only has God declared His love to Israel, but He strenuously warns those in all generations who dare attempt to destroy His people. Psalm 129:
"Many a time have they have afflicted me from my youth."
Let Israel now say--
"Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth,
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed on my back;
They made their furrows long."
The LORD is righteous;
He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.
Let all those who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned back.
Let them be as the grass on the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up,
With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
Nor he who binds, his arms.
Neither let those who pass by them say,
"The blessing of the LORD be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the LORD!"
We are well advised to heed the words of Psalm 122:6:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
May they prosper who love you.