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Implications of Supporting Israel

Perspective on Jerusalem

This question is important not only for followers of Christ, but for people of all religions and points of view.

Ultimately, it is not just about God’s promise to Abraham that he would bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him (Gen 12:3). It also raises the question of what the Apostle Paul is asking when he says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).

By the way, if you are just coming into this discussion, it might be helpful for you to check out the conversation and comments that followed the previous post regarding the Schalit Palestinian Prisoner Exchange.

But at this point let’s review a couple of the many biblical issues that make this such a significant matter, and why followers of Christ are among those divided regarding the support of Israel.

Bedouin Donkey

For example, according to the Jewish prophet, Joel, in the last days God will judge the nations of the earth who have joined together to destroy Israel (Joel 3:2). The prophet Zechariah was even clearer in describing how, in the end times, Israel will drive the nations of the world mad; that those nations will gather to destroy Jerusalem;  and that they in turn will be judged by God for hating the nation that bears his name (Zechariah 12:1-9).

In many ways this sounds like a fulfillment of what God said when he promised Abraham that he would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him.

The result is that many have concluded in our day that it makes sense to align ourselves with Israel in the current international conflict– even before God opens the eyes of this nation regarding what their leaders once did in calling for the death of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-11).

So before going any further, that’s why I believe all of us need to take seriously not only the history of this issue, but also the personal and future implications.

The reason for not stopping at this point is that the God of Abraham did not stop here. He had more to say. The God of Abraham later spoke through Jeremiah saying that he had (at least in some ways and for some reasons) turned against Jerusalem (the city that bore his name and history). (Jeremiah 21:13). To that, the prophet Ezekiel added that Jerusalem had become so unfaithful that she made her sisters Samaria and Sodom look good by comparison (Ezekiel 16:49-52).

Jerusalem Street Dog

Then, eventually, in two widely separated acts of judgment, God honored the warnings he had given through Moses to scatter his people to the four corners of the earth if they did not remain faithful to him. In the days of the Assyrians and Babylonians, and then again by the armies of Rome, God used pagan nations to judge his people (Deut 28:1-68), while still promising to return them to their homeland, and to himself, in the last days (i.e. Deut 30:1-3).

Jerusalem Kids

So how then do we begin to sort all of this out? In the previous post, I mentioned the story of what happened when Joshua asked a divine messenger whether he was “for us, or against us?” (Joshua 5:13-15)  To this I’ll now add the question and implications of what the Apostle Paul was thinking when he asked followers of Christ, “If God is for us who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31-32).

Maybe we need to begin with ourselves. If God is for those who are in Christ, does this mean that we should be for, and never against, all who bear the name of Christ—in all their ways, and in every issue?

Maybe if we begin with ourselves first, and weigh what we have been taught by Christ regarding blessing and cursing, we will find the light we need to consider the way we relate to the nation of Israel in her present political, military, moral, spiritual, and increasingly international issues.

I’ll try to stay with the discussion on this one and let it play out. Let’s all try to ask our Lord for discernment, and try not to be heavy handed with one another as we try to do justice to the different sides of this issue.

Let’s also not be surprised or too alarmed if we hear some strong emotions expressed in the process. This can be a good time to step up to the challenge of wanting to know and speak the truth in love.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Mart, in many ways you have already answered your own questions. If we look to scripture we clearly see it explained that we are to bless Israel.

    I will take us to the story of Balaam and his famous talking donkey, Numbers 22, 23, 24. Here as today Israel’s neighbors hated her and wanted her utterly destroyed and driven from the land, but the Angel of the Lord prevented Balaam from cursing Israel. As well as in the end Balaam ended up cursing the very people who would have seen Israel destroyed (Numbers24: 15-25).

    Balaam wanted to, for he was being paid well for his allying himself with Israel’s enemies, just like today the western world is in bed with every Islamic country that will trade its oil for our money.

    Look also to history, what country throughout history that came against the Jew survived as a world power? Babylon? Rome? Spain? Germany? Russia? I can dig deeper if necessary, but the point is that nations that persecuted the Jew have paid a heavy price at the hand of God for it.

    Yes there is no doubt Israel failed to do what God had charged them to do, but there is no nation on earth that has not also failed God.

    Here in these end times Israel has been reestablished as a nation and just like the clock of time has reset itself back thousands of years, Israel’s neighbors once again want her driven from the land.

    Strain to look and you will see the Angel of the Lord standing in the way once again to prevent Israel from being cursed by her friends or her enemies just as He did against Balaam.

    Why? Because God has a plan and a purpose for Israel and no power on earth will prevent God from exacting His will upon it.

    Joshua and Moses both presented a choice to their people, to choose this day whether they wanted blessings or cursings for themselves.

    I am neither of these great men, but have the good sense to know which side of my bread the butter is on, so I stand with Israel as a nation and so ally myself with God.

    I will have a lot more to say as this conversation grows, but simply stated I have made my stand and for me and my house we stand with the Lord.

    Steve

  • cathyol07 says:

    …when this topic was discussed on our church..i was afraid ar first of what God can do to those who cursed His nation.that’s why we pray that our leader would have a wise decision over this matter..
    but knowing that “if God is for us who cAn be against us”..
    there’s nothing to be afraid..
    let’s pray for Israel..