Welcome back friends! If you’ve hung around long, you know that I often reference Genesis 12:1-3 that spells out God’s promises to Abraham and warns us to be on the side of blessing Israel rather than cursing her.
But I want to focus on God’s reiteration of His promise in Genesis 17:7-8:
“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
In each of those two verses God emphasized that His covenant with Abraham is an everlasting one. He reiterated it to Isaac and Jacob (Abraham’s son and grandson) in Genesis 26 and Genesis 28. Even the Psalmist confirmed God’s everlasting promise in Psalm 105:6-11, as did the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 66:22. Indeed, over 40 times in Scripture we read that God’s land covenant with Israel is forever!
That doesn’t sit well for some! Psalm 83:1-4 teaches us that arrows aimed at the destruction of Israel are meant for God! Verse 2 says that those who hate God (not those who hate Israel) will raise their heads. The forces of evil do not want God’s promises to Israel to be fulfilled! So, notice what the Psalmist says in verse 1:
O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Stand up for us, Lord! Act on our behalf! Do your thing for us, O God!
Now for the good part…
Just as the Psalmist asks God not to keep silent nor to hold His peace, the prophet Isaiah instructs us not to rest or be silent, and tells us to give Him no rest!
On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
Friends, God invites us to “bug the living daylights out of Him” in prayer for Jerusalem! For how long? Until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth!
Now watch this! How and when will Jerusalem be a praise in the earth? When the promise God gave Abraham is fulfilled. Here is the familiar Genesis 12:1-3:
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Notice the very last phrase: …and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Israel will be a praise in the earth when all the families of the earth are blessed through her! That blessing is salvation! It is given through Abraham, through Israel, to the whole world. Israel is the vehicle of world redemption!
So, friends, do not keep silent! Take no rest…and give God no rest until it occurs! Let’s pray this into being!
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