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The Calling of Separation

Judges 13:7

And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”

13 So the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, nor may she drink wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe.”

1.

What do you think about when you hear about Samson?

Many of us may think of a guy who was really strong and powerful that fell asleep of the lap of the wrong girl. The next thing you know, he’s weak, blind and grinding wheat to feed his enemies.

While this is all true, it doesn’t really do justice to the story. Is it so simple that God just got mad at this guy for getting a bad haircut that He takes away his strength and leaves him helpless in facing his enemies?

This type of simplification of the story can create a distorted perception of who God is and how He deals with us.

The traditional site of Samson’s grave is right over here, let’s take a look.

The Biblical account states that Samson was buried in the tomb of his father and so you have here the graves of Manoah and Samson together.

But what is the real lesson of Samson? What can we learn from this man’s life?

2.

Samson’s mom was a barren women and couldn’t have children. But the Lord visit’s her and promises her a son that will begin to save Israel from the Philistines who ruled over them. He gives her specific instructions that she was to abstain from wine and unclean foods because Samson was to be a “Nazarite” to the Lord even from birth.

What was a Nazarite?

We think of Jesus being a “Nazarite” because He was from Nazareth. But the “Nazarite Vow” was what was taken as a symbol of ‘separation’ or ‘set apart’ for a season.

How was this ‘separation’ put into practice?

Numbers 6 is where the law of the Nazarite was described.

Numbers 6- The Law of the Nazirite

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin.

‘All the days of the vow of his separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he shall not go near a dead body. He shall not make himself unclean even for his father or his mother, for his brother or his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord.

‘And if anyone dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it. 10 Then on the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting; 11 and the priest shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned in regard to the corpse; and he shall sanctify his head that same day. 12 He shall consecrate to the Lord the days of his separation, and bring a male lamb in its first year as a trespass offering; but the former days shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.

13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 14 And he shall present his offering to the Lord: one male lamb in its first year without blemish as a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish as a sin offering, one ram without blemish as a peace offering, 15 a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and their grain offering with their drink offerings.

16 Then the priest shall bring them before the Lord and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering; 17 and he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, with the basket of unleavened bread; the priest shall also offer its grain offering and its drink offering. 18 Then the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offering.

19 ‘And the priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, one unleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and put them upon the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated hair, 20 and the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord; they are holy for the priest, together with the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering. After that the Nazirite may drink wine.’

21 “This is the law of the Nazirite who vows to the Lord the offering for his separation, and besides that, whatever else his hand is able to provide; according to the vow which he takes, so he must do according to the law of his separation.”

In order to maintain the calling of a Nazarite, Samson had to maintain what made him ‘separate.’ The three primary things were:

No contact with dead things, any copse, human or animal, not even for the sake of burial of close relatives.

No contact with wine, or anything that comes from the vine, not even raisins.

No cutting of hair during the season of his separation.

3.

Early on, Samson kills a lion with the strength God gave him. But later he goes back and discovers that bees have made a hive in the dead carcass of the lion and he takes some to eat.

When he marries the Philistine girl, they have a weeklong party. It is very hard to believe that the Philitines he was partying with would understand him not being able to have some wine.

Then there is Delilah, whom he falls for. Samson has only one thing left that still distinguishes him as a Nazarite, his hair. He has never had a haircut since birth. People could see, because it was noticeable, that he was still a Nazarite. But now, with his head shaved, there was no longer anything left that made him ‘separate’ from others as his calling demanded.

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Judges 16:20-21

“And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.

21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.”

Here was a guy with a calling and God had gifted him with the ability to begin to deliver Israel, but he refused to recognize that to fulfill his calling he had to remain separate from the world around him.

God also has a calling on our lives, a plan that He desires us to enter into. To be a blessing to others and to defeat the enemies in our lives. But that plan can never be fulfilled unless we understand that God calls us to a life that is visibly separate from the world around us.

Samson is a sign for us, to help us understand that God will not go with us if we choose to go our own way.

Choose this day, the call of God on your life. Don’t cut short His plan for you in order to satisfy the short lived satisfactions of this life.

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Comparison is a Sickness

I was just a child in elementary school learning to read when I experienced something that would change my life. My teacher, who had also taught my older brother and sister before me, saw that I struggled to read and said, “If you are their sibling, why are you so different that you can’t read like them”? In that moment my confidence to read was shattered. For many years afterwards, I was terrified to read in front of people because one woman who had authority in my life spoke something negative over me. And as long as I believed those words, they had power in my life. 

One day I decided not to let them affect me anymore. I began reading out loud and was even able to read in front of the group I was teaching at the “Heart to Serve” seminar. When I shared this testimony with those who were present, they clapped for me because they saw that I could do it and in encouraged them to overcome their fears and weaknesses as well. 

Those who think they are weak have a lot to give. Many times, the weak are stronger than those who think they are strong. Yeshua told the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” And Paul responded, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Messiah’s power may dwell in me”. – 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Since I was born in the 1960’s, I remember the time when magazines came out featuring models as examples for beauty. Intelligent young women suddenly struggled with anorexia and depression because they were trying to be like those models and they couldn’t. How many times have we looked at other people’s Facebook pages or lifestyles or the opportunities other people have and we compare ourselves with them? It produces the same kinds of sickness! No one is supposed to be the same as anyone else. We were all created differently with sets of strengths and weaknesses. But God never intended that we should accomplish anything on our own. When we try to be perfect in the eyes of man, we fail because our trust is in ourselves and not in God. For it is “not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts”. – Zechariah 4:6. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. But He has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit and this same Spirit that raised Messiah from the dead lives in us! 

“But let him who boasts boast about this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD”. – Jeremiah 9:24.

If you have swallowed the lies of the enemy about who you are, I encourage you to face that lie with God’s truth and trust Him to give you the courage to see yourself through His eyes. He has given you great gifts to be used for His glory and as a blessing to others. So don’t let the enemy make you sick with comparison or depression about what you don’t have. Be thankful for all that God has given you and go out and make something of it! 

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What do you do when life is more than you can handle?

A woman and her husband made Aliyah from Russia in 2014 with their baby and they had another baby born here in Israel since then. 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old. Her husband wasn’t really stable in his mind and so he wasn’t really able to find a job. Their debt was growing and then he committed suicide in March. She is left alone with two very small children and a huge debt.

Dima was also working with her as a new immigrant. She was about to get evicted from her house and an organization helped her pay for one month’s rent. Orphans Promise can possibly help her with another month’s rent. Arik is going to try to help her close out her debt. The bank agreed to help reduce the debt from like 69,000 to 15,000 shekels. We sent out requests to several organizations and so hopefully we can close out her debt altogether.

Pray for this mom who is going through so much. She needs to care for her children, and for herself while dealing with all the bearocracy.

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Stabbing Attack in Adam, Israel

On Thursday July 26, three men fell victims of a terror attack in Adam, a settlement near Jerusalem where one of CBN Israel’s staff lives with his family.

The terrorist entered the neighborhood where he encountered a 31-year-old resident, and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso. A second resident, 58-years-old, came out of a nearby home and was also stabbed. A third resident, heard the disturbance, went outside, and realizing that an attack was occurring, shot the terrorist.

Sadly, 31-year-old Yotam was declared dead shortly after the incident, leaving behind his wife and two young children, a 2-year-old and 7-month-old boy.

The two other men were lightly wounded but survived the attack.

Our desire at CBN Israel is to assist and support families and victims of terrorism. After a terror attack. These families are left with many hardships, both physical and emotional.

Together with your help, we were able to provide direct, immediate financial assistance for these families. While we know that financial assistance does not replace a lost loved one or heal the wounds, it helps with the immediate cost of the disruption to the lives of the victims. Our prayers and tangible help is part of our mission to provide comfort to these families as they recover from the incident and try to move forward. The injured men will not be able to work and provide for their families for a few weeks and the widowed mother of two now remains the only source of income for her family.

Please pray with us for these families as they recover and as they deal with this traumatic event that has permanently changed their lives.

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Out of the Ashes, She Will Rise

She is only seventy years old, but she has been through a lot in her lifetime. She was born in the dark, out of the horrors of the Holocaust, and the moment she took her first breath, she was beaten on every side. Though by miracle she survived, her neighbors rejected her existence and sought to destroy her life. She was cast down, hated, rejected, attacked, but through it all, she stood firm.  Like a plant, she grew up, though her soil was dry ground. Despite her conditions, she prospered and she called to her family, “Come home”! She bid to her relatives, to her cousins alike, to come reside with her in her house. But once again, she was beaten- this time from within.

She fought for her security, giving her all for the sake of her children, yet she was left with only rations to feed her family. But she rose up, learning to be resourceful and to work skillfully with her hands. In the marketplace, she was banned from selling her goods, but again, she didn’t give up. Though she is hated, she holds out her hands to make peace, to forgive and even to save the lives of her enemies. But those she extends her hands to, despise the very mention of her name. Yet in all these things, she has learned to overcome, for there was One who was fighting for her. In the midst of her rejection, she was given a promise, “You will live, for I am with you”. 

Today she stands in a strong house, a house that her God has built for her. Her gifts of talents and wisdom go out to the nations, even to those who seek to destroy her life. Today, she celebrates her seventieth birthday, as a woman who is stronger now than ever before. But lest we forget where her strength comes from, let Israel now say;

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side”, let Israel now say; “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul: Then the proud waters would have gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 124

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God Answers Prayer For Rain

Nearing the end of 2017, Rabbis in Israel began calling on the nation of Israel to pray and intercede for God’s blessing of rain. Israel has suffered a drought for more than four years now and meteorologists were predicting the possibility of yet another dry winter. Between the months of April/May to September/October, there is no rainfall in Israel. Many times, the first rain falls during the holiday of Succot. It was after Succot 2017 that Chief Rabbi David Lau, stated, “The beginning of the month of Kislev (November/December in the Gregorian calendar) has passed, and the land of Israel has yet to be blessed with rain. Therefore I call on the public to first of all to be exceedingly kind to one another, as well as add the prayer that is said when the rain stops.”

The Sea, or more appropriately the lake of Galilee, which is one of Israel’s main fresh water reservoirs was the lowest it had been in the past decade. It is currently more than five meters below a normal sea level. Israel is desperate for rain.

In response to Rabbi Lau’s statement, thousands of Israelis gathered at the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City to pray.

“Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.”- Jeremiah 14:22

Since the gathering at the Western Wall, several storms have hit Israel resulting in a rise of the Sea of Galilee. From one storm alone, the water rose over 15 centimeters. 

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!’ So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, ‘Go and look out toward the sea.’ The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, ‘I didn’t see anything.’ Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, ‘I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.’ Then Elijah shouted, ‘Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”- 1 Kings 18:41-46.

Though we have seen God answer prayer for rain, the land is still in need for more. Like Elijah who persisted in prayer to the God of heaven to pour out rain upon the dry and thirsty land of Israel thousands of years ago, so the same, let’s persist in prayer that God, who is rich in mercy, would continue to fill Israel’s lakes, rivers and streams once again! Let’s remind the Lord of His word and proclaim His promises to the inhabitants of Israel:

“The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; You, oh Lord, will answer them Yourself, as the God of Israel You will not forsake them. You open rivers on the bare heights and springs in the midst of the valleys; You make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land fountains of water.”- Isaiah 41:18

“Shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; Confirm Your inheritance when it was parched.”- Psalm 68:9

” We ask for rain from You LORD at the time of the spring rain– From You, Oh LORD who makes the storm clouds; And You will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.”- Zechariah 10:1

“LORD, open Your good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to Your land in its season and to bless all the work of our hands;So that Israel shall lend to many nations…”- Deuteronomy 28:12

“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.”- Psalm 102:13

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”- Isaiah 62:7

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Faithfulness in a Drought

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Ps 1:1-3, NKJV)

When we think about leading a fruitful life, it is natural to have a desire to produce something that is of value to those around us. But the reality is that growing fruit takes time and careful tending. In the verses in Psalm 1, we find the comparison of a tree that is planted by the river as one that brings forth fruit in its season. So we can conclude that the river which nourishes the tree is the “law of the Lord” on which we “mediate day and night.” So becoming fruitful is directly related keeping the word of God a close influence in our lives.

Wednesday was “TU BiShvat,” here in Israel (you can click on the link for further reading); it is a Jewish celebration of planting of trees. Small trees are given to the kids, and everyone goes out to plant the new tree together. Picks and shovels are used on the rocky soil to make room for the little tree, and then the kids put it where it is meant to grow. Two ways a tree gets the water it needs is from above (rain) or below (underground, or the ‘aquifer’) here in Israel we have an arid climate, and droughts are not uncommon. To survive, trees must develop root systems that are deep enough to get what it needs from the water that is below ground. So being planted by the streams is a wonderful solution, but in Israel, running streams are only seasonal and during the dry parts of the year, they dry out.

The dry seasons force the trees to develop deeper roots that reach the water that penetrated the soil during the rainy season. Then the tree continues to be fruitful even when there is no evidence of water on the surface. The water of God’s word, given to us in the rainy season (associated with times of blessings), must be allowed to penetrate to soil of our heart because that is what sustains us during times of drought. In order to survive in a seasonal world where we have times of drought and times of storms, we first must allow God’s word to penetrate the soil of our hearts and then to develop the deeper root system to reach what God means for us to store up in our depths. In this, God’s work in our lives continues to be evident even when others can’t see externally the source of our fruitfulness.

 

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A Land Revived

Before the children of Israel came into their promised Land, the Lord warned them on the mountains of Ebal and Gezarim that if they obeyed His voice and followed His commands, His blessings would overtake them and they and their land would flourish. On the other hand, if they forsook the Lord to follow after other gods and worshiped idols, the curses He warned them of would overtake them and they would be removed from their land like Adam from the garden of Eden. (See Deuteronomy 28 & 29).

When the children of Israel disobeyed the Lord and turned their hearts towards idolatry, they were dispersed throughout the nations and the land of Israel became desolate. It was as if it mourned their removal. When famous American writer, Mark Twain visited what was then known as “Palestine” in 1867, he described the land as such: “A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

During the time of the diaspora, the Land of Israel consisted of either deserts or swamps. It was largely uninhabited. But God, who is rich in mercy, promised that a time would come when He would restore the people of Israel to their own Land, not because of their righteousness, but for His Holy namesake!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, ‘It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.”- Ezekiel 36:22-23

The children of Israel did not deserve their restoration to their land. But God, who is faithful to His covenant and keeps His promises, said He would do something with all His heart and with all His soul- He would restore them to their promised Land so that the world might know that He alone is God.

“I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.”- Jeremiah 32:40-41.

“It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.”- Isaiah 62:4

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”- Isaiah 55:11-13

When the Jewish people started returning to Israel in 1948, they began planting what are now millions of trees. The desert blooms with date palms. Forests of cedar trees fill the hillsides. The mountains and the hills are green once again just as the Lord had promised.

“I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert together with the box tree and the cypress…”- Isaiah 41:19.

In an article written by Jim Garrish, he states, “The Jewish National Fund has estimated that close to 250 million trees of various types have now been planted in Israel. These have not only been planted by the Israelis, but by Jews the world over, and also by multitudes of Christian pilgrims. Today where the bleak hills once stood in Mark Twain’s era, lovely forests now stand.”- Tu’Bishvat, the New Year of Trees

This week, as we celebrate the festival of Tu’Bishvat, in which the people of Israel will plant more trees in the soil of their homeland, we can stand back and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” He has fulfilled and is fulfilling His promise to bring back His people to their own land that the world might know He is God. 

“So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”- Isaiah 61:3

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It Was The Third Night of Hanukkah

A Hanukkah Poem

It was the third day of Hanukkah, and all through Beit Sar Shalom, everyone was mingling, the single mothers felt at home.

Spread across the table, were salads, latkes and more, enough for every person to come and eat round four.

The Hanukkiah candles were lit to start the evening, and then the staff led the moms in choruses singing;

“Banu Choshech Legaresh” and “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati”, these were the songs that were sung by all, oh so joyfully.

After came the meal to everyone’s delight, and then Hanukkah donuts to top it off just right.

When everyone was satisfied and had eaten their fill, the room came to a hush and everyone was still;

As a mother from Ukraine, danced with all her might, to glorify the Lord clothed in a garment of white. 

Though many things took place this night and memories were made, the most important thing to remember is how much we have to give thanks. 

No matter what one goes through or what troubles one may face, God is still good, at work in our lives, and is worthy of all praise!

Amen!

At the close of the evening, each of the women received a gift card to be used to buy clothes for themselves and their children. It was such a beautiful and heartwarming experience to be both with these women, and in the presence of God. The women were touched, and God was glorified. This was a Hanukkah celebration to remember.

 

God bless you.

 

 

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So That You May Dwell In Peace

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men; for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- 1 Timothy 2:1

History was made when the American President, Donald Trump, made the decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem on December 6th, 2017. He said, “‘We finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” This declaration, however, has brought out the hatred in those who resist acknowledging the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people. 

Immediately following President Trump’s initiative to move the American embassy, the world was stirred with flamboyant expressions of both love and hate. Palestinians called for three days of rage, American flags were burned, and protests broke out in Gaza, Jerusalem and even Bethlehem where Israel’s Jewish Messiah was born thousands of years ago.

Though these days of rage were rather ineffective in terms of terrorizing the Jewish people, yesterday, on December 10th, a Jewish security guard, Asher Elmaliach, was stabbed in the heart by a terrorist from the Judea-Samaria region of Israel. This is not the first time one of Israel’s security guards, police personal, or soldiers have been the target of the assaults. This is why we must pray!

When the leaders are struck down, what message does that give to the people of the land? In the book of Zechariah 13:7, we read that when the Shepard, the authority in a position of protection for the sheep is struck down, the sheep scatter and are vulnerable to attack. These guards, soldiers and police may not be the President or Prime Minister, but they have been given a responsibility to protect the people and when they are struck down one after another, a message is being conveyed- a message of terror. 

But we are called to pray! First for our leaders and all who are in positions of authority, SO THAT we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and dignity. God has chosen to delegate His authority to mankind and He does not override that delegation. He has chosen to move on the earth through the prayers of His people. 

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”-Ezekiel 22:29-31 

You see, God desires mercy-always! But He sought for someone who would “stand in the gap”, so that He could show mercy, and when He found no one, the result was the execution of His righteous judgement. Yeshua told His disciples to pray that the Father’s will would be done on earth. While we do not have authority to take on the enemy in our own strength, we do have authority to pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As Yeshua taught us, we pray to the Father and request His will in the name of His Son, for the sake of His Son and because of the work of His Son. 

Just as the enemies of Israel have joined together as one to come against those in positions of authority and to come against Israel, so the same, we ask that all who love the Lord and stand with His people Israel, would join as one in prayer! 

  • Pray first and foremost for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May His Kingdom of Righteousness be established!
  • Pray for protection for all those in positions of authority, and for God to give wisdom to our leaders.
  • Pray for peace in our nations, for godliness and righteousness to be established within our governments and throughout the nations. 

Pray as the Spirit of God leads, but take caution that you pray according to God’s will revealed through scripture. Stepping outside of that covering and into fleshly, emotional or un-scriptural prayers of proclamation can be dangerous! Remember, we only have authority where we have responsibility. It is best to present your requests TO GOD and trust that in His justice and mercy, He will answer prayer and perform His perfect will. 

God bless you! 

 

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