From the perspective of Elsa Koppel, Jerusalem Encounter Participant:
God’s enduring covenant with Israel should be a comfort to the Church as it models God’s heart towards humanity.
The Lord underscores the impossibility of His covenant being broken in Jeremiah, saying that if we can break His covenant with the day and night so the sun no longer rises and sets, only then could He reject the house of David (33:20-21).
This covenant reminds us that God is a promise-keeper, that He is faithful in our unfaithfulness.
His covenant with Israel is also a call to us.
A call for our hearts to be burdened with what burdens the very heart of God. A call to roll up our sleeves and dedicate our lives to His work for He is watching to see that His Word is fulfilled. It is a call to realize that Israel does not just preserve the past, but is the pulse of God’s present and future activity.
Through Israel all nations will be blessed and if we want to see the nations revived, it starts with her restoration.
As is written in Jeremiah, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah…
I will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all sin they have committed against me…
Then this city will bring me renown, joy and praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it” (Jeremiah 33:4&7-9).
So how do we get connected and involved in what God is doing in Israel?
Three main ways are these: pray, tithe and spread the word to heal the breach between Jews and Gentile Christians.
The scriptures are full of verses calling us to pray for Israel, specifically the peace and security of Jerusalem.
King David wrote in Psalm 122, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you” (vv. 6-8).
We can pray for the Lord to open the eyes of the Jewish people that they would see Jesus as their Messiah, that they would be restored to glory as He has promised.
Paul shares in Romans 10:1, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” The Lord instructs us to give ourselves no rest and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:6-7).
Another way to pray is to get connected with ministries and Messianic organizations in Israel and subscribe to their prayer list. This will shed light on specific areas of prayer and will keep you connected and informed in how the body of Messiah is moving in the Holy Land.
King David went on to say in Psalm 122, “For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity” (v. 9).
One way to seek the prosperity of Israel is to financially bless the people in the land where God is doing His greatest work.
Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries (FIRM) is a wonderful place to find authentic, trustworthy ministries who are sowing seeds in Jewish hearts and reaping the promised harvest.
In Isaiah 60:5 it says of Israel, “the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”
It is good for us individually and collectively as church congregations to willingly sow our treasures into God’s work in this land.