3 Ways Christians Can Support Israel (and Why)
Christians are called to support Israel through the very Word of God. God’s covenant with Abraham reminds us to be burdened with what burdens the very heart of God. This is a call to roll up our sleeves and dedicate our lives to His work.
The Strength of God’s Covenant with Israel
Covenant is a committed relationship often sealed with blood. The Bible continuously reminds us that covenants are everlasting. The covenant God cut with Abraham was one of the first ones, but not the only one. He also sealed a covenant with Moses, David and more.
The Lord underscores the impossibility of His covenant being broken in Jeremiah. He says that if we can break His covenant with the day and night so that the sun no longer rises and sets, only then could He reject the house of David (Jer. 33:20-21).
This covenant reminds us that God is a promise-keeper, that He is faithful in our unfaithfulness. That is the basis of what a covenant with God is.
Are Christians Supposed to Support Israel?
His covenant with Israel is also a call to us.
Through Israel God will bless all nations. Therefore, if we want to see the nations revived, it starts with her restoration.
As Jeremiah wrote:
“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).
A Call to Care and Connect
God is watching to see His Word fulfilled. God calls us to realize that Israel does not just preserve the past: she is the pulse of God’s present and future activity.
The scriptures are full of verses calling us to pray for Israel. The Lord instructs us to give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:6-7). Paul shares in Romans 10:1, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”
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.
3 Ways to Get Involved in and Support Israel
1. Pray for the Peace 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 is because we want them to see Jesus as their Messiah. And we can pray for their restoration to glory as God promised to Abraham.
Another great way to pray is to follow promptings from ministries and Messianic organizations in Israel. Specifically, a good first step is subscribing to a mailing list. This will shed light on specific areas of prayer. It 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).
2. Bless Israel Financially
One way to seek the prosperity of Israel is to financially bless the people in the land where God is doing His greatest work. The ministries working on the ground in Israel are heavily dependent on Christian support.
Through FIRM you can find authentic, trustworthy ministries who are sowing seeds in Jewish hearts and reaping the promised harvest. You can choose to support a specific ministry or join the Tribe – a program for monthly giving. With exclusive updates, you will always know where your money is going.
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 sow into Israel. We should willingly sow our treasures into God’s work in His land.
3. Share the Truth about Israel
Politics is a controversial subject in general, let alone the sensitive subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict. You may want to focus your perspective on the Bible and your walk of faith. Humbly mention to anyone interested in the subject that God doesn’t save us based on our righteousness.
Man’s faithlessness thankfully does not nullify the faithfulness of God (see 2 Timothy 2:13).
We know, thanks to the Bible, that God will continue to bring Israel to the world’s attention. To ignore Israel will mean to become more ignorant. We do not want to ignore the Arab, Druze and Beduin neighbors of the Jewish people. Bu ignoring Bible prophecies about Israel would mean ignoring God’s plans.
In spite of the repeated failings of Israel, there remains a plan and purpose for this nation. Despite the failings in my life and in your life, there remains a plan and a purpose for each of us. In this plan, Israel and the Church need to notice one another.
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