If you have read some of my previous comments you will know that I love the nation and the people of Israel. That is not always a popular position these days. But if we are to take the Word of God seriously, we need to support Israel and the Jewish people.
Twice in the Old Testament the nation of Israel is referred to as "the apple of God's eye" (Lamentations 2:18; Zechariah 2:8). God has a special place in his heart for Israel. They are His people, whom he called out for a special purpose.
Along with the promise God made to Abraham of a land that would be theirs forever, and a promise to bless him and his descendants, He also promised that the nations of the world would be treated according to the way they treated His chosen people. God told Abraham that "...I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse..." (Genesis 12:3 ESV)
In Zechariah 2:8 God makes clear how he feels about Israel as a nation. An angel, sent to Zechariah with a message regarding Israel, tells him "...he who touches you touches the apple of His eye." (ESV) There are many Christians today who believe that God has abandoned Israel, and that His promises have now been transferred to the Church, but that position is untenable from Scripture. God's promises never fail, and they have never been rescinded.
Israel, as a nation, is facing difficult days. General elections are being held in Israel in a few weeks. The Israeli Knesset (parliament) is made up of many political parties and a mixture of Jewish and Arab representatives. We need to support Israel and pray for them as they go into this election.
In the days and weeks to come, Lord willing, I would like to address some of the issues regarding Israel and the tension and pressures affecting the Middle East. There are many who are much more knowledgeable than i, but perhaps I can point you to some sources that will help us all to understand the dire times in which we are living.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.