Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 16 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 61-63
Food for Thought: Is. 62:1, 2, 6
It seems like the younger generations do not have an appreciation for Israel. Somehow, the message has not been effectively transmitted to them, and so they do not have the tools with which to discern bias media reports that project Israel in a negative light. It is vital that the Christians of the older generations who understand the value of Israel pass this knowledge on to the next generation. We must speak up about it, and often, to counteract the voices that have been raised up against them most vehemently and mostly due to utter ignorance.
There are several ministries that have made this their priority, and a particular DVD called “The Hope” (produced by the Christian Broadcast Network) explains the birth of Israel as a nation very clearly. Making it a point to pray for Israel and speak up on her behalf in government are also ways to keep Israel in the forefront of our minds. Psalm 122:6 tells us to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.’” And, speaking to Abraham, the founding father, the Lord says in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Surely, we want to be counted among those who bless the nation.
Regardless of what happens, the Lord will be faithful in the end to Israel. However, there may be much hardship brought on by hateful people towards the Jews in the meantime, and we want to be found on the right side of of it all, standing with them instead of against them. Really, it is a joy and an honor to serve them in any way we can. So today and always, seek ways to be a blessing to the nation of Israel.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):