Here we go, gang! We’re into our last summary of week 2’s lesson, entitled We Stand with Israel. This is part of the study, Why Israel Matters, a live study I am summarizing for you online. I hope you are enjoying it and I would love to hear your feedback!
We’ve answered some key questions about why it is important to stand with Israel, so if you have missed the past few days, scroll back through them to glean what has been discussed so far. Today, we’ll finish off our key questions and wind down week 2.
Was Israel’s Founding Legal?
Great question to begin our day! Some question Israel’s legitimacy, stating that they somehow stole the land from the Palestinians. That is certainly what the liberal media would like for us to think. But is it true? Of course not! History and international law are both on Israel’s side…not to mention God promised the land to His people as an everlasting covenant! (Psalm 105:8-11, and many other places)
There has been a continual Jewish presence in the land for 3,000 years (which is not true of any other people group claiming rights to Israel). After WW1, the land was controlled by the British, and a Christian man proposed the Balfour Declaration, suggesting the land be designated as the homeland for the Jewish people. The legal declaration was made later at the San Remo Conference and ratified in 1922 by the League of Nations (which preceded the United Nations), making the Jews claim to Israel legal. In 1947, the UN ratified the UN Partition Plan which put into motion what was already legal. In 1948, Israel declared statehood just as the British were withdrawing control of the land. All was legal according to the world bodies entrusted to make such declarations. (Israel was attacked the next day by 5 Arab nations!)
What Can We Do to Support Israel?
This is perhaps the most important question, now that we know why it is important. Here are some ways to support her:
- Get educated! That is part of the objective of this blog and the Bible studies I write and teach. However, there are dozens of other reputable sources, including Behold Israel, IsraelAnswers, and One for Israel. (One warning: there are lots of “off the wall” websites, and several “big names” who’s theology regarding Israel is amiss. Be careful…and be a Berean!)
- Support Israel politically. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to run for office…though you should do so, if called to by God! However, all of us are able to communicate with our leaders and express our positions regarding matters pertaining to Israel. Here is a great resource: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Bless Israel financially. There are ministries who do fantastic work in Israel and around the world on behalf of Israel…just be careful that you know what they do and what they believe! Here are a few I know to be Biblically solid and have great missions: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, The Joshua Fund, One for Israel, Behold Israel. Each of these has incredible leadership and solid missions to bless Israel.
- Above all…PRAY! Prayer is vital to the Lord’s work. It is our way of “seeing where God is at work and joining Him there.” He puts desires in our hearts and, if we pursue those desires in prayer, He will lead us to understand what more we can do to follow Him in those desires. Pray for Israel and watch Him grow your faith!
Supporting Israel is more than “just a good thing to do,” it is imperative in order to live in the blessing He promises to those who bless Israel! As Christians, our roots are firmly planted in Judaism and it is in our best interest to grow in understanding of how we are to relate to Israel. Stick around…we’re going to spend some time examining that thought in days to come!
Thanks for studying with us! Though I post almost every day, we’ll pick up the study again next week. See you then!