Monthly Archives March 2011

Unity

One of the troubles with “unity” is that even the word sounds soppy. There’s nothing crisp or attractive about it. Synonyms such as “togetherness” or “oneness” are no better. They neither grab the heart or capture the imagination. Yet it was so important to Jesus that he spent considerable time praying about it on the very night he was arrested. As he prepared for trial and death, and as he prepared his disciples to be without him, we have his longest prayer on record (John 17) – and it’s about unity! “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray
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What Can I Do? (Part Five)

13. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to the biblical injunction of Psalm 122:6. This may be as simple as a few people meeting weekly or monthly to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Lord is the eyes of the Gentile Church to this need to pray for Jerusalem and Israel. Hundreds of thousands of believers around the world are also now meeting on the first Sunday in October each year. Get a group together next October. Ask your congregational leaders to host a meeting. 14. Receive and obey the command given in Isaiah 62:6-7, “you who call on the
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What Can I Do? (Part Four)

10. Give according to the guidelines of Romans 15:27 and Galatians 6:10. Paul gives clear guidance that we should prioritize our finances both to the Jewish people (Romans 15:27), but also to believers. Millions of dollars have been given to Israel and to secular ministries in Israel. This is good, but let us not fail to prioritise our own brothers and sisters, especially those in the Land. They are need. Often they have returned to Israel in poverty. It is sometimes more difficult for them to be employed because of their faith. Remember them. 11. Do not just visit the Land; visit
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What Can I Do? (Part Three)

7. Become Isaiah 49:22 Gentiles. Isaiah sees Gentiles bringing “your sons in their arms” and “daughters on their shoulders.” “Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.” It is the Gentile Christian world that has often encouraged Israel’s return to the Land. It is often they who have leased aeroplanes and ships to bring the exiles back to their native land. Many descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob remain in exile, but according to Ezekiel 39:21, they will all ultimately be back in the Land. As persecution continues to rise on this marked nation, those of us
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What Can I do? (Part two)

4. Honor the Jewish people as our parents in the faith according to the principles of Malachi 4 and Ephesians 6. Malachi says that in the last days the hearts of the fathers will be turned to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers (4:6). Paul urges the Ephesian believers to remember to honor their mothers and fathers, “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (6:3). True, his primary concern is for natural blood parents, but the principle is the same. The Jewish nation is our parent
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What Can I do (Part One)

1. Pray for the revelation about the importance of Israel and the Jewish people. We can read Scripture and never see its significance. Ponder well Paul’s 9th through 11th chapters of Romans, especially the 11th chapter where he clearly teaches that God is not finished with Israel, that He has not rejected them forever. Look carefully at Paul’s words regarding the salvation of Israel and the irrevocable call of God on this people, then pray that the “eyes of your heart may be opened (Ephesians 1). 2. Repent for not being Romans 11:11 believers. Paul tells his Gentile believers that they should
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