Over the past few days we reviewed the 4 Biblical principles regarding Israel, and implications to Israel. But there are implications for the nations as well, and today we’ll take a look at those.
First, in accordance with the principles of Discipline and Retribution, God will use enemy nations and people groups to correct Israel. However, harsh dealings with Israel will result in God’s retribution of those nations.
Zechariah 1:14-15 is crystal clear: God is exceedingly jealous for His people, and is exceedingly angry with those who “further their disaster.” God’s wrath is is a terrible thing and will be unleashed against anyone who touches the apple of the God’s eye.
As believers, we are called to be watchmen on the wall for Israel, and to pray night and day, giving God no rest. Take a look at Isaiah 62:1, 6-7:
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
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.
A word of warning, though: Israel is not an end into itself! The focus is on the salvation of Israel and the world. Prayer and study must always direct us to God because short of God, we fall into idolatry. Israel should never become an idol.
We’re going to finish up this section of our study tomorrow with a surprise implication. Don’t miss that! Meanwhile, why not open your Bible to Isaiah 62 and pray through that chapter on behalf of Israel and her call as the vehicle of world redemption!
See you tomorrow fellow Bible students!