“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” — Deuteronomy 32:10
Have you ever studied your ancestors and found you were related to a famous or special person? To find an unexpected distinctive connection is an experience few actually have but, when it does happen, the emotions run wild.
To be a Christian gives one an exceptional relationship to our Lord Jesus. The man Jesus who was actually God in the flesh (John 1: 14), humbled Himself in a way, none of us can really comprehend. To voluntarily and sacrificially allow Himself to be scourged and nailed to a cross for the sins of the world is beyond our ordinary levels of understanding.
Another great connection we have as Americans and Christians is to the nation of Israel. Israel, throughout the scriptures, is designated as God’s special land and people. God promised Abraham to make him a great nation. 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.”
Many believe America is the greatest nation that has ever existed on the earth. I would most certainly not dispute that distinction.
American scientist, engineers, researchers and many others have led America to the status of “the nation that has changed the world.” The discoveries, innovations and technology of America have made the world a better place. This great country was founded on freedom of religion and that religion originally was Christianity.
While America respects the rights of others to worship, or not worship, according to their own personal beliefs, we recognize the preference of those that made this a great nation in the beginning. From the earliest days of the pioneers and settlers, the God of the Bible was recognized as the great and only God.
Our founding fathers dedicated this nation to the Creator God of the Bible. Our money is emblazoned with “In God We Trust.” Throughout our history our wars have been fought and other battles won because of our great God and His abundant mercy and grace.
Endeavors and actions of many types have been bathed in prayer. I, at times, when saying the pledge of allegiance, inadvertently finalize it with an “Amen.”
An obvious extension to this connection to our Creator is an unabridged connection to the nation of Israel. Christians regard Israel as the people and land of God. When the Bible makes such a definitive statement, we do not dispute it.
Amos 9:14-15 “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” Would God have made such a promise to a people other than His chosen and selected?
God promised Israel, He would “gather” them back to the land He originally designated as theirs. Ezekiel 36:24 “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” Israel has been specifically selected and blessed by God. The people and the land were expressly selected to provide the world with a Savior. The history of the Israelites is evidence of a truth unmatched in the human saga.
Israelites have been killed by the millions. Throughout the ages, the Israelite people have been expelled from several countries and turned away at the borders of others. They have been expelled from their homeland for hundreds of years of their history, yet they remain strong and undeterred throughout these ordeals in which they have been subjected.
The price paid for being “God’s chosen” has been tremendous The Israelites are possibly the most persecuted race of people in world history. They are not known for having fought back against their oppressors. This persecution continues today and likely will not end until Jesus returns.
For generations, Jews were murdered by Christians because they crucified Jesus. Several countries in Europe have expelled them simply because they were Jews. The Edict of Expulsion was a royal decree issued by King Edward I of England on July 18, 1290 expelling all Jews from England.
In 1492, many Jews were expelled from Spain in the Spanish Inquisition. Hitler’s Germany massacred six million Jews having, with the assistance of Joseph Goebbels, convinced the people, Jews were responsible for all their troubles.
Anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire were large-scale, targeted, and repeated anti-Jewish rioting that first began in the 19th century. Pogrom is a Russian word which, when translated, means “to wreak havoc.” Yet, in all these atrocities, the Jews still refrained from fighting back.
This is not to say they are weak, but, in many cases have been overpowered and under equipped. However, in 1943, The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was an act of resistance by Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in German occupied Poland during World War II.
Finally, because of the attacks on Israel in June 1967, they fought back and defeated the armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt in what was known as The Six Day War. As a result of this short but intense and bloody war, the Israelites regained their capitol, Jerusalem.
Yes, we have a very special connection to this land and people chosen by our Creator God. Our steadfastness must not waiver, weaken or ever fail. To be on the side of Israel is to be on the side of God.
Isaiah 43:1 “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.” God will always protect Israel. This is not to say bad times will not come. It is obvious they already have.
Without question, our greatest connection is to Christ Jesus who shed His blood for the redemption of mankind. In order to be obedient, trusting followers of the Lord Jesus, our prayers and support of Israel as “God’s chosen” is imperative.
We must never waiver and we must never fail. This connection is a God given privilege and must not be ignored. Always continually pray for Israel, and voice support of the land and people.