What Does Israel do for the World?

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Pull up a seat to the virtual study table, as we’re in the midst of considering why we stand with Israel.  We’re in week 2 of the study, Why Israel Matters, and if you are new to this site, please follow along with us!

Yesterday, our focus was on why Christians should support Israel.  Today, we turn our sites to what Israel does for the world…and why it matters!

Israel is a small country with a very big impact.  Often, when disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Israel’s are first to respond.  (For example: the recent Guatemalan volcano.)  Surprisingly, Israel works diligently to save Arab lives, despite the fact they are often targets of Arab aggression.  It is not unusual for Israel to erect field hospitals in areas of conflict in order to take medical care of innocent civilians caught in the throws of conflict.

Israel is a land with few natural resources, thus, Israelis have had to use their ingenuity to discover ways to survive.  They routinely share their innovations with others to help survive and thrive as well.

Ingrained in Israeli DNA is the idea of tikkun olam, making the world a better place.  They seem to do it naturally!  As they share their medical, agricultural, water, energy and technological knowledge and innovations with people around the world, expecting nothing in return.  I could post hundreds of examples, but let’s end today’s discussion with three significant examples:

IsraAID

 

Innovation: Africa

 

Frontier Alliance International

Israel: A Blessing to the Whole Earth

…and in you [Israel] all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
~Genesis 12:3c

One of God’s key purposes for the Jews is to bless all families of the earth. In many ways, we see that prophecy being fulfilled today.  Read here about Israel’s rapid response to worldwide tragedies.

For Israel, being “first on the scene” to render aid and to preserve life is common.  Yet, much of the world (including the UN) accuses Israel of being an apartheid state.  They are blamed for killing women and children when Hamas uses them as human shields.  The world overlooks the fact that those injured in conflict with Israel (including Syrians and Palestinians) are often treated in Israeli hospitals!

Indeed, IsraAid and other Israeli humanitarian efforts take place constantly…and why should we be surprised!?!  The prophet Isaiah predicted that surrounding nations (many known as enemies today) will one day recognize Israel as a beacon of hope.  Isaiah says:

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you [Israel].
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you [Israel],
    and his glory will be seen upon you [Israel].
And nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.
~Isaiah 60:1-3

Would you like a 30-second glimpse of a down-to-earth, real-life Israeli?  How about this IDF soldier bringing a smile to the face of a Palestinian toddler:

 

Dear friends, let’s be faithful to pray not only for Israel, but for Israel’s neighbors.  Though Israel is yet to see and recognize her Messiah, the glory of the Lord is there.  Israel is a beacon of bright light is a very dark region.  The Jewish state is the only democratic nation in the Middle East, the only nation where religious freedom truly exists, and the only nation where Arabs have the same rights as Israelis.  The Lord’s glory will continue to grow brighter in Israel and neighboring nations will one day see her light.

Let’s pray for an awakening to the Light in Israel.  May Israelis see the One True Light (Yeshua, the Messiah), and may the glory of the Lord that rises out of Israel shine brightly and draw Israel’s neighbors to saving grace in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Are you on board with me to pray?  Let’s do this faithfully!

Who is There to Help Syrian Refugees?

The Syrian civil war has been in the news for years now, and as a result of that conflict, life for Syrian citizens is unimaginable.  Consider these facts, as of February 2016:

  • 4.8 million Syrians are refugees in other countries
  • 6.6 million Syrians are displaced within Syria
  • 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance

Neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have taken in the vast majority of refugees, creating stress on the economic stability of those nations, particularly Jordan.

However, refugees are also risking their lives aboard small boats to reach Greek islands across the Mediterranean Sea, and you might be surprised at who is receiving, treating, and assisting those refugees.

For over a decade, IsraAID has been helping people all over the world overcome extreme crises and has provided millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction, and eventually, to sustainable living.
~IsraAid website

Indeed, Israelis respond to crises all over the world, including Lesbos Greece.  Take a look at the impressive work, done by Israelis who truly understand the idea of Tikkun Olam (a Jewish concept mentioned in the Mishnah, defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world.)