“Comfort, O comfort My people”, says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”- Isaiah 40:1-2. This command to comfort which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah was not to the people of Israel, but to the gentiles. The people of Israel were chastised for their sins and it was time for them to return home to their Land and receive comfort after all their affliction. At the time these words were spoken, it related to the return of the people from Babylon. But these words are also true for us today as they relate to the great return of the Jews from among the nations of the world where they were exiled.
Take a look at the verses that immediately follow this command to comfort God’s people; “A voice is calling, “Prepare a way for the Lord in the wilderness, make a smooth path in the desert for our God…Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh will see it together”.
Gentiles from the nations who bring aid and comfort to God’s people help pave a way for the Lord’s return and the revelation of His glory! All of us who know the Lord, have at some point experienced God’s mercy while we were still sinners. Is it not His goodness that leads us to repentance?! (Romans 2:4). Through acts of free and undeserved kindness, comfort, and aid, we reveal God’s heart of mercy that we ourselves received from Him. We at CBN Israel are continually seeing God use humanitarian aid as a catalyst to draw His people to Himself.
Today marks seventy years since Israel was recognized as a Jewish State. Seventy is a significant number in the scriptures signifying perfection and completion. As we look forward to seeing the ways God will reveal Himself to Israel this year, will you partner with us as we seek to comfort Holocaust Survivors, widows, single mothers, new immigrants and many more here in the Land of Israel?