Not my usual kind of post… but important none-the-less!
I tremble at the rampant anti-Semitism so evident and increasing today in the world. There are nations and world leaders whose brazen and avowed agenda is the destruction of Israel. Radical organizations with this kind of agenda would not hesitate to behead, rape, maim and destroy. And the tragedy? This is done in the name of religion… radical, blindly zealous, evil religious expression!
To those who would do these kinds of things, God speaks through the ancient prophet…
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel… The Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake! But the Lord is a refuge to His people, and a stronghold to the people of Israel. Egypt will become a desolation and Edom a desolate wilderness, for the violence done to the people of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem to all generations. I will avenge their blood, blood I have not avenged, for the Lord dwells in Zion.” (from Joel 3)
I tell you, when God acts on behalf of Israel, I would not want to be in the shoes of those who hate her and want to destroy her! I know what camp I want to be in… I want to be the friend and advocate for Israel! I am not one who believes secular-political Israel can do no wrong. However, God’s redemptive, eternal purposes for Israel stand! I will pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem!