Psalm 122:6-7 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
This is a command that sadly, only a small percentage of “Bible believing Christians” obey. I remember my shock when I first heard about “Replacement Theology,” that says the Church has completely replaced Israel in God’s plans, so Israel and the Jews are irrelevant. That’s nothing more than antisemitism with a “Christian” face, and it denies the God of whom Paul said, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20) All the promises to Abraham, David, and all the rest are still valid, and that certainly includes Israel and the Jews. Jews do need personal repentance and faith, just as Gentiles do, for salvation, but again as Paul pointed out, Gentiles are grafted onto the root stock of Israel and the Jews, and we would be nowhere without them. (Romans 11:13-24) Perhaps the definitive statement comes right after that discussion of grafting: “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) I have heard that quoted most often in relation to spiritual gifts, such as those discussed in 1 Corinthians 12, but in context it is clearly talking about the Jews, about Israel. Accordingly, all who love the God of Abraham should be praying for Abraham’s descendants, both physical and spiritual.
As I am frequently reminded, I was born in the same year Israel was reestablished as a political entity, and I remember my delight and pride when I first became aware of that as a child. I was not aware of having any Jewish acquaintances at all until I got to Seminary, but there, by God’s amazing grace, we were “adopted” into the Messianic fellowship, meeting with them every month. Since then the Lord has given me connections with various Messianic Jews, allowing me to interpret for them here in Japan. He’s not yet Messianic, but I have the highest respect for Dennis Prager, and feel he is doing America a great service with his efforts to educate people in Biblical truth as it applies to the political realities of today. I do pray for Israel. Right now they are in political turmoil, and certainly need prayer for God’s truth to prevail. I do not give blanket approval to everything Israel does as a political entity, but I am very aware that she has an essential role in God’s plan, and I pray that role would be fulfilled in every respect, for the salvation of the Jews and the blessing of the world.
Father, thank You for this reminder. It’s not an issue I think about daily, and I probably should. I do pray that I would fulfill the part You have for me, whatever it is, in Your plan, and I know that Your plan includes Israel and a great harvest for Your kingdom there. May Your name be acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!