A Foreigner's Responsibility To Israel and The Jewish People
As followers of Yeshua, scripture states in Romans 11 and Ephesians 2 that we have been grafted into and adopted into the family of God called Israel. There are many of our family who have suffered much at the hands of "The Christian Church" through the past two millennium. This is a day to right the wrongs which have been done to the part of God's family called the Jewish people.
Listed below are, what we believe to be our responsibilities as followers of Yeshua to the Jewish people.
1. Psalm 122:6-9 commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and carries with it a promise that those who love her (Jerusalem) will prosper. We must pray, not based on what the news reports may say, but based on what God says. In Zechariah 8 we read that God is zealous for Zion and for Jerusalem. To love what God loves requires a love and commitment to pray for the city and people of Jerusalem. Why are we instructed to pray for Jerusalem? Jerusalem will have peace when the Prince of Peace, (Yeshua) returns. In that day His peace will go forth and cover the earth.
To pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for Messiah's Kingdom to come.
2. According to Genesis 12:3 we are to bless the seed of Abraham as one means of receiving the blessings of God in our own life and avoiding the curse. Let us pray for ways to open before us that we can be a blessing to God's "chosen people". Remember that love, not return of blessing, should always be the motivation of our actions.
3. In light of the command to bless and not curse, believers have a responsibility to oppose every form of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism by speaking the truth concerning Israel and the Jewish people. The Abrahamic covenant is eternal; the land belongs to Israel; and God who has chosen the descendants of Abraham as His chosen people does not lie, nor does He change His mind.
4. In obedience to Isaiah 40:1-2, believers are called to comfort, support and encourage the people that God calls His chosen. Why? No people on earth has suffered such extreme rejection, persecution, and degradation from so many nations and people groups as the Jews. The Holocaust of the 20th century is but one example of repeated attempts throughout history to destroy Israel and remove them from the face of the earth. Comfort and encouragement are certainly in order, not just in words but also in deeds, with no hidden agendas.
5. Isaiah also outlines to us in the 60th and 61st chapters of his book that we are to support the nation of Israel and the re-gathering of her people to the land. There are numerous ways to express this support. Certainly prayer is of the utmost importance. Secondly, financial gifts to ministries and organizations who are aiding and facilitating the rebuilding of Israel is money well given into a cause that is dear to the heart of God. Thirdly, taking advantage of opportunities to volunteer for short and long term service in the land the of Israel is an enriching and prophetic experience that is highly recommended.
6. We are called to live the Torah. The greatest gift to man is His Word. Yeshua came to this earth to live the Word of Yah before man. For too long the "church" has said that the Torah has been done away with. This is an insult to God and to the His people. Yeshua stated that the Torah would never be done away with (Matt 5:18). He further cautioned these who would desire to live without it. (Matt 7:21-23).
In living a life of faith in Yeshua that brings forth heart felt obedience to Torah we live the words of Duet 32:21 and Romans 11:11.