WHY THE JEWISH PEOPLE
On the first day of the war for Israel’s independence in 1948, Israel had no official army, no planes, one tank, a few armored vehicles, and a couple cannons according to the book O Jerusalem. They didn’t have enough guns for the people or enough bullets for guns.
The Jews were outnumbered four to one. There were four well-trained and equipped Arab soldiers to every one Jewish immigrant or citizen fighter. What was expected to be a quick one-week conquest, turned into an eight-month war ending with an agreement. These kinds of miracles have happened repeatedly showing that God has His hand on the Jewish people.
WHY DOES GOD FAVOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE?
Christians have asked for years, “Why are Jews God’s chosen people?” The simple answer is God made the sovereign choice. God chose the Jewish people among all people groups to be the human agency through which He would reveal Himself to mankind. We know they were the “chosen people” due to Biblical revelation.
The Bible says, “You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.” Deut 14:2 NLT
The role of the Hebrews was not certain or earned by them. Throughout history, they were rebellious, disobedient, and very stubborn at times. As a result, Paul asks the question, “Did God reject the people he chose?” He answers “No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning.” Rom 11:2 NLT
“Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Certainly not! However, because of their trespass, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.” Rom 11:11 BSB
GOD’S HEART FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Pastor Jack often says, “It is important that Gentile believers seek and acquire a revelation of God’s heart for the Jewish people.” If God has a purpose, a plan, and a promise for the people He chose, shouldn’t we join His agenda, especially since we as Gentiles have been graphed into being part of God’s people through faith in Jesus Christ?
“Now if some branches have been broken off, and you (Gentiles), a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others to share in the nourishment of the olive root…” Rom 11:17 BSB. But with that wonderful opportunity comes a warning, “…do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root (Israel), but the root supports you.” Rom 11:18 NIV
It is only by the grace of God that Gentiles can be graphed into the “tree of God.” For this we are grateful, for the tree we are grateful and for the root “Israel” we are grateful. A temporary blindness is upon the Jew so that the fullness of the Gentiles will be complete.
Pastor Jack points out that the Abrahamic Covenant had to do with the land and the people. This is God’s irrevocable pledge that He will be God to Abraham and his descendants forever. This is the greatest provision, the foundation stone of Israel’s eternal relationship with God. God initiated the whole action and set the conditions and defined as a decree a declaration of purposes. God has covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Israel.
ISRAEL MATTERS TO EVERYONE
Why does Israel matter to the world and to us as followers of Christ? The answer is we see God’s sovereignty is on display through the miracle of Israel.
“Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:3. This was written to and about Israel. The rest of the chapter explains how the nations will minister to Israel and help her return to her land. This is happening today and you are a part of this monumental moment in the story of God!
“The smallest one will become a clan, and the least one a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.” Isaiah 60:22
Today, Israel is 20th among the nations in military might with advanced fighter jets, high-tech armed drones, nuclear weapons, and space assets. This tiny, persecuted people has become a mighty nation, and it seems the Lord has “hastened” it in our day. The Lord’s glory is beginning to appear upon Israel — even if she does not yet recognize it. The people of Israel are standing out among the nations.
We live in a unique time in history when Bible prophecies come to pass before our eyes as the Lord brings His people back to the Promised Land. This is something that believers even eighty years ago would not have been able to see. This is why the Jewish people matter to us.
Jesus also wants us to discern what God was doing among the Jews because when you see the recovery of national Israel and the Jews being restored then you know His coming is near. What happens to Israel matters to the world.
GOD WATCHES OVER ISRAEL
Never before in human history has a people group lived on a specific region of land, were forcibly removed, and then returned to the same piece of land seventy years later (Jeremiah 29:10). And then, only to be forcibly removed again and scattered to the ends of the earth and return again to the same piece of real estate two thousand years later.
The Jewish people are the only ancient people group in history to retain their identity while away from their original homeland.
The documentary, Against All Odds, states that the Kremlin and Pentagon do not study the wars of Israel due to their largely improbable outcomes. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister and well-known atheist, stated “in Israel, to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”
Our love for Israel and the Jewish people is rooted in the promises of God. That is why it matters to us. Today, Israel has the most diverse government in its history. It is the first government with Arabs as part of the governing coalition, the highest percentage of women, and representation from multiple minority communities.
Let us continue to pray for Jews and Jerusalem as the scripture says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.” Ps 122:6. Will you commit to pray for God’s chosen people?
Be encouraged! Jesus wants His healing power to flow through you. Will you invite the presence of Jesus into the situation where healing is needed? Will you be the physical touch of Jesus and lay hands on the sick? Will you believe the promise that the power of God is present to heal all who are sick?
This message was adapted from a Pastor Jack Hayford teaching.