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Longing…

February 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel


Israel, O Eretz Yisra’el, how I long for you. What I wouldn’t give to traverse your land and breathe in the sacred air of your past, feel the sands of your present days, and weep at the Wall for your immediate future. I long to sit on the Mount of Olives and listen to the ancient trees share about the life of Yeshua, watch the sunrise reverently kiss Yerushalayim’s walls. I know in my heart of hearts there is a glorious awakening for you in the coming Messianic kingdom, but for now I close my eyes and reach across the miles in my spirit…knowing someday, when I open them, I will embrace your Holy Land and walk in the ways of the tzaddikim (righteous). Look for me, you who are beloved of Abba (our Father) — Eloheinu Echad (Our One God)! -Mid

 

There may be those who have never felt this longing…never really understood how such a despised people and their controversial land could elicit such a response. Perhaps they have never delved into the Scriptures and discovered God’s heart for the Jewish race and the land He specifically gave to them as an inheritance. Truly this is a mystery that begins with B’resheet Chapter 1(Genesis) and continues without interruption through each Book of the Tanakh (Old Testament) through Revelation Chapter 22 of the B’rit Hadasha (New Testament).

 

God set a people apart unto Himself, and His love for them, even when they turned away and committed the most heinous, wicked acts against Him, is shown over and over in His merciful judgments and restoration. In the Tanakh, Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) reveals the depth of God’s love for Yisra’el: Chapter 31, verses 35-37

 

This is what Adonai says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar–Adonai-Tzva’ot (The Lord of Hosts or Heaven’s Armies) is His name: “If these laws leave My presence,” says Adonai, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever.” This is what Adonai says: “If the sky above can be measured and the foundations of the earth be fathomed, then I will reject all the offspring of Isra’el for all that they have done,” says Adonai.

 

And in the B’rit Hadasha, Romans Chapter 11, verses 25-32 makes it perfectly clear: Shaul quotes from Yesha’Yahu (Isaiah) 59:20-21, 27:9,

For out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer;

He will turn away ungodliness from Ya’akov

and this will be My covenant with them,

…when I take away their sins.

 

He goes on to say: With respect to the Good News (Gospel) they (Jews) are hated for your sake. But with respect to being chosen they are loved for the Patriarchs’ sake, for God’s free gifts and His callings are irrevocable. Just as you yourselves were disobedient to God before, but have received mercy now because of Isra’el’s disobedience, so also Isra’el has been disobedient now, so that by your showing them the same mercy that God has shown you, they too may now receive God’s mercy.

 

I love that last verse! As we show Jews the same mercy God has shown us through His Son, Yeshua, they too will receive God’s mercy! Therein lies the foundation for the love we are to have/show toward Isra’el and her people.

 

My favorite prophecy for Isra’el is Yesha’Yahu chapter 60, all the way from verse 1 to verse 22. May Adonai bless His Word to your hearts as He reveals His love for His land and His people!

Baruch atem b’Shem Yeshua,

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