“O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.”
Psalms 25:22 NLT
Today, let us take the time to bless Israel. God promises blessing upon those who do. All the way back to Abraham, God declared His covenant with the people of Israel. “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”” Genesis 12:1-3 NLT braham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was the son of Abraham and Hagar. Hagar was a servant girl of Sarah (see Genesis 16). Abraham and Sarah were told by God, in Genesis 15, that they would have a son. Years had passed since the promise was given for a son. In their impatience, they resorted to their own way of handling things. This would prove to be a great mistake that would cause great trouble through the years, not only for Abraham and his family, but the whole world also. Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah (see Genesis 21). Isaac was the promised son from God. Through Isaac, God would establish the nation we call Israel. Issac had two sons named Esau and Jacob (Twins). Esau came out first. Jacob was, literally, on his heel (see Genesis 25:25-26). Jacob would later become the one re-named by God as Israel (see Genesis 32:28). The nation of Israel was chosen by God as His people. I, personally, have always loved Israel. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should have love for the people of Israel. Jesus was born of Mary, a Jew. Joseph, His earthly father (not biologically, because His Father was God), was a Jew. As Christians, we are interconnected with the nation of Israel. We have a Christian heritage that links us to Judaism (the Jewish faith). However, the Messiah (Jesus), has fulfilled the requirements of the law and has granted us salvation by grace through faith. It behoves us, then, to bless the people of Israel. Sure, many of them have not received the Messiah, Jesus, but we love them as God’s people and nation nonetheless! “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.”
Isaiah 40:1 NLT “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” Psalms 122:6 NLT
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I bless the people of Israel! I ask for their peace and their prosperity. Thank You for giving us such a rich and godly heritage.
Rev. Curtis Norris