A Nugget from New Life Network
(by Dr. Larry Ollison)
Scripture for the Day – January 8, 2020
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)
“And God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.’ So, He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: ‘I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I giveto you; and to your descendants after you I give this land'” (Genesis 35:10-12).
Over the centuries, there has been much discussion about how to bring peace into the Middle-East. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers and politicians have devised plans that would guarantee peace. To this date, all of man’s plans have failed and here is the reason why.
In any given situation, there are only two plans:
1) God’s plan 2) Any plan opposed to God’s plan
As Christians, we must quit analyzing the situation and start looking in God’s Word to find out what He wants. When you do this, you find one thing very clear and defined. God gave the land of Israel to His chosen people, the Jews. Any plan that would divide their land and give it to their enemies is opposed to God’s will and that plan will not be
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
The Word tells us that we are to pray for all who are in authority. When we pray for our leaders, we must pray that they will be led by the Holy Spirit and will make decisions that are in alignment with God’s plan. We know that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. To desire for Israel to have all that God wants them to have is blessing Israel. To take from Israel something God has promised to Israel is cursing them.
You must decide for yourself. Will you bless Israel or curse Israel? To help them keep their land will bring a blessing. To agree with those dividing the land will bring cursing. God has a place for everyone. But, for the Jews, it’s the land of Israel.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:25-29)