This past several days I have been praying for the nation of Israel. They have been at war with the terrorist faction, Hamas. This morning God provided this scripture for me in my devotional time, and I got a little excited 🙂
Romans 10:1-4 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Paul had a heart for the Israelites because he WAS a jew! He was what he refers to as a righteous and zealous Jew. However, he did not know true righteousness, God’s righteousness, until God revealed it to him through Christ. The Israelites are God’s chosen people. They are the people of the forefathers of our faith, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. They are the people that God lead out of Egypt under the leadership and guidance of Moses. They are the people that God saved from the Philistines at the hand of a shepherd boy turned King named David. And they are the people that the lineage of Christ came from…..you see, God could have chosen any young girl to be the mother of Christ, but God chose a particular lineage…..a lineage of faithfulness to Him in their Jewishness. God has a very special place in His heart for the Israelites, and there is a lot of biblical prophecy surrounding wars with the Israelites (as well as a lot of history going back thousands of years). So I continue to pray for Israel, and I pray for our friends that are Jewish that do not know their Messiah yet. I pray that they would come to a saving knowledge and fall in love with their Messiah that was sent just over 2000 years ago. Jesus Christ, son of Mary, a carpenter by trade, a Savior by birth and by His Father’s plan…..not a plan B, but God’s plan A from the creation of the world.