Daily we need to remind ourselves that anything and everything that is happening on the face of this earth is about God. He has His plan and unchangeable will for His creation. His plan is revealed in the Bible, and it cannot be changed. God chose Israel to be first in His plan, and He is not going to change His mind. Israel’s failure to walk righteously before God in the past does not change God’s plan for Israel today and in the future.
It’s not about Israel being worthy; it’s about God being faithful.
We must have faith in Him and in His promises and in His plan. There really is nothing we can do for God except love Him, draw close to Him and be obedient to His Word. Want to please God? Then act according to His Word. God treats the nations the same way as each of us. He does not love one nation more than another – He loves all nations equally. But, He does have different purposes and direction for different nations just as He does for us. In particular, we need to know God’s order for Israel.
Israel has a purpose and position unlike any other nation in God’s plan for salvation and establishing His Kingdom. “Israel is My son, My firstborn.” Exodus 4:22b
It is important for the Body of Messiah today to recognise Israel’s position in the body as the first fruits. Check out the booklet TO THE JEW FIRST by Ari Sorko-Ram to see how relevant Israel’s Feasts (appointed times) are for us today.
We can see from Romans 9:1-5 that Paul understood that if Israel – the first fruits – is not presented properly before God, His plan for the entire harvest would be affected. So Paul says, “I would give up my salvation to see Israel regain her position with God.” Why was Paul the one who was called to the Gentiles? Most likely, he was called because of his deep understanding of the Scripture – because he was a rabbi. Paul had a right understanding of God’s order. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16. Which is why wherever Paul went he preached first in the synagogues.
So, people who today keep saying, “It’s not time to witness to the Jewish people” and “God will deal with Israel separately,” are very wrong! It is important we understand God’s plan and get in step with it. Now, is the good and acceptable time for Israel to hear the Gospel!
Note Romans 11:12: “Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!” If Israel, who brought the Gospel to the nations, and then fell away as a nation, has been such a blessing to the world, what is going to happen when Jews comes back to their faith?
Jews that come to faith and knowledge of their Messiah are natural evangelists. Moreover, God has been gathering them (Aliyah) from countries all over the world so they have their languages and cultures. They have the Biblical knowledge… and all they need now is to be born again and quickened by the Holy Spirit.
We all must remember Israel is always a part of God’s plan. Israel may not be the nation of our calling, but it is part of our calling. If we have a heart for the nations, we must have a heart for Israel because Israel is in the heart of God.
Testimony of Reinhardt Bonke: I was praying one morning and the Lord spoke to me: “Reinhardt,” and I responded,
“Yes, Lord.” The Lord said, “Pray for Israel!” So I thought – “I’m going to Israel!” The Lord responded, “No.” So I said, “Lord, if I am not going to Israel, why pray for Israel?” ,,, Again I said, “Lord, if I am not going to Israel, why pray for Israel?” Finally the Lord responded saying, “Reinhardt, if you pray for Israel, I will give you Africa!”
It is important for each of us to remember, what we do with the first fruits determines what God will do with the harvest. Our God, the Lord, is the Lord of the harvest. But who is the lord of the first fruits? You are! What you do with your first fruits (all the talents and gifts God has given you) will determine what God does with the harvest in your life.