What does the Bible say about Christians supporting Israel?


The Bible has a great deal to say about the need for Christians to support Israel, both in the Old Testament and in the New. For example, most of us are familiar with Genesis 12:3 which states, “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.” (KJV) and in addition Isaiah 40:1 says, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Scriptures such as these are reconfirmed in the New Testament. For example; in Romans 11:29, Paul writes about the centrality and significance of his Jewish brethren in God’s plans and purposes saying, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance;” that is to say irrevocable. Some might say that Israel has forfeited its right to these promises because it has not always been faithful to God; has not always done what the Almighty has commanded. However, God is merciful and makes clear how irrevocable and independent His covenant with the Jewish people is. For example; in Jeremiah 31:34-37, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.”, we have the most amazing metaphors for God’s eternal, unchanging, unwavering commitment to His covenant with the Jewish people. In effect what God has recorded here is that He will keep covenant with Israel and the Jewish people as long as there is the Sun in the sky by day and the Moon and the stars by night. What an amazing, exciting promise! And then in answer to His question of when or how long suffering He will be with Israel, how long He will stay with His commitment to Israel; He says in effect: until man has reached the outermost limits of the universe and has plumbed the deepest regions of the planet Earth, two tasks which scientists still today will tell you are impossible, that’s how long God will continue to keep covenant with His people. And of course we know that these promises of God to Israel were given as an example to us as well. So that we living under the New Covenant, the New Testament, may see how much mercy and grace there is from God to keep His promises to us, His covenant with His people.

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