Israel and the Jewish People

The Jewish nation and people are fundamentally close to God’s heart, the Bible is absolutely clear about prioritising love, prayer and focus on God’s chosen people. In fact the gospel message is for the Jewish people first, Christian’s are grafted on as grace to equal inheritance.

There is no place for supersessionism (replacement theology or fulfilment theology: in simple terms the belief that Christianity has superseded or replaced Israel) in the Bible. Supersessionists dangerously step outside of an orthodox frame of reference and close our hears to God’s eternal unchanging word to believe that ‘Christianity' has replaced Old Testament practice or theology.

Pause for thought:

Jesus (in His procession as a man) was fully Jewish and obeyed the law, his disciple were ‘messianic’ (a state in which Judaism comes to terms with messianic prophecy. Jesus said he was the human face of God and that he would leave and send the comforter, the Holy Spirit. Look at the trinity page to see that these are only man’s attempt to explain the procession of the One God.

Jews worship the true God, furthermore they recognise appearances of God in Old Testament  These are called theophanies (visible manifestations of God to humankind, the great theophany of Sinai is one example). Even though we know from the Old Testament that man cannot see God and live, clearly we can see the Angel of the Lord (a theophany) and live, albeit trembling.

Messianic Judaism and Christianity differ concerning the connection of Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah to Jesus Christ. Messianic Christian’s believe from both the Old and New Testament that one can be saved and be part of the first resurrection only if they believe Jesus Christ is Messiah. There are many passages in the Old and New Testament that theologians identify as fundamentally pointing to Jesus Christ as not just being a prophet, but the sacrificial lamb of God. God making a divine sacrifice of Himself within the context of human space and time on earth. In this sense God is and was fully capable and effective as a sacrifice on earth and yet not die in the broader reality of Heaven. God shared in our humanity and humbled himself so that in the name of Messiah (Jesus) all can be saved in the first resurrection.  In theological terms Jesus is the face of God and a ‘procession' of the one God into our realm.

An educated view of the Bible context from an orthodox perspective can only reveal that the Old Testament and the New Testament’s view on Israel, God, the Messiah are one and deeply insepreable theologically, philosophically and logically thought the Bible text.

Scriptures that refer to us praying for Israel

Here are some Bible verses ‘relating’ to protecting, praying and thinking about Israel. Without having genuinely read the whole Bible a believer might find it difficult to join the dots up due to lack of context. However below are a few guides to be going on with. One vital point to remember is that many people think that the Old Testament is no longer relevant, this is a serious Bilblical studies error. 

Genesis 12:3 - And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Psalms 122:6 - Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Isaiah 60:12 - For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, [those] nations shall be utterly wasted.

Zechariah 12:1-14 - The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Isaiah 41:11-12 - Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

Psalms 83:1-18 - (A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph.) Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Zechariah 2:8 - For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

Numbers 24:9 - He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed [is] he that blesseth thee, and cursed [is] he that curseth thee.

Joel 3:1-3 - For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem...

Romans 11:1-36 - I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 - And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.

Joel 3:1 - For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

Ephesians 3:6 - That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Malachi 3:6 - For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Isaiah 43:1-28 - But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.

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