God in the Midst...
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“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46: 10 – 11
Personally, we would prefer not to have trouble! But God hasn’t promised us such a life; rather, he promises to be with us in the midst of trouble. He was with Daniel in the lion’s den. He was with the three Hebrew men in the fiery furnace. He didn’t forget Jonah in the belly of the fish. Even though the children of
As we set out to write this newsletter we could not find the peace with many other topics. It was a struggle inside that just lead us to the topic of Jacob’s trouble and a certainty that God is in the midst! GOD IN THE MIDST!
God is at work in the midst of chaos and wants to use us all. But in order to be effective we all need to cling to the Lord. NOW, more than ever we need to rely upon the Holy Spirit to lead us day by day and hour by hour. The fruit of the Spirit will cause our lives to shine with God in the midst of a hurt, confused, and needy society. As we do so God is glorified among the people of
We believe that God has placed many true believers in
He has called Pray4Zion to be based in Northern
The Hebrew word “tzedakah” is often translated as “charity.” However, when understood from a Jewish point of view, it is much different. The root word for tzedakah is tzedak, which means righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, giving to the poor is not viewed as a generous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty, giving the poor their due.” Maimonides, a 12th century Jewish sage, organized tzedakah into eight levels, from giving begrudgingly (level one) to giving when neither party knows the other’s identity (level seven). However, “the highest degree of tzedakah,” said Maimonides, “is helping others help themselves.” (Jewfaq. Org)
Pray4Zion is an Organization raised up ‘for a time such as this’ and we believe strategically based in
The eyes of the world are increasingly on Israel. Just read the Bible, and you will see that
God wants to use all of us to bring glory to His Name in these tremulous (shaking) days. We hope that you will join Pray4Zion in this spiritual adventure! Many times we asked the question why
The only chance we have is if CHRISTIANS and JEWS will work together. On the surface,
Many are accustomed to the dull ache of hunger, never having enough food to fill their stomachs. And this is
Blessed Are the Merciful! Poverty and hunger do not take vacations. Julie & I can certainly testify to God’s goodness and much of our blessing is because our family has decided to love and bless
God has given us the pattern of blessing by showing us His nature. Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke The Greek word for mercy has the “force of action; to be merciful means to be moved by compassion.” Again, we see the example of Yeshua: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew Merciful people know the joy of giving, sharing, and sacrificing. They know the joy knowing faith has been restored, and where gladness and joy have replaced gloom and misery.
Will you be Merciful to
A storm is coming! Any political analyst will tell you so. In fact, anyone who follows the news even occasionally would agree. It is no doubt a storm, the proportions of which, most of us underestimate. “Behold evil is going forth from nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth. Those slain by the LORD on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. “(Jeremiah 25: 32 – 33a NASB)
At this stage we look at Psalm 46 (MSG) that reminds us GOD IS WITH US! We believe God wants to prepare us for the storm (s) ahead by reminding us that He is in the midst of the storm:
“A song of the sons of Korah. God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. (2) We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake, (3) before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us; GOD of angel armies protects us. (4) River fountains splash joy, cooling God's city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. (5) God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack of dawn. (6) Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten, but Earth does anything he says. (7) Jacob-wrestling God fights for us; GOD of angel armies protects us. (8) Attention, all! See the marvels of GOD! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, (9) Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. (10) "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything." (11) Jacob-wrestling God fights for us; GOD of angel armies protects us”
This is not an ordinary storm that the psalmist describes. It is an extraordinary, frightening time of trouble. He is describing what could be the worst of times.
It is easy to picture earthquakes and tidal waves just looking at Yeshua’s words in Matthew 24: 7. But that it not the kind of trouble found described, verse six outlines the shaking of the political realm of the earth as well. The prophet Haggai described such a time of shaking: “For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land: and I will shake all nations.” Haggai 2: 6 -7a
The good news for
Isaiah 54: 9 – 10 (NASB): “For this is the days of Noah to Me, when I swore that the waters of Noah would not flood the earth again: so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you nor will I rebuke you. For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving-kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken.” says the LORD who has compassion on you.”
Yet who wouldn’t be afraid in such a time as this? Certainly we don’t believe that the storm just ahead will be the magnitude of Psalm 46, but neither will it be an ordinary storm. It will no doubt come in stages, increasing in strength and ferocity. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the coming conflict with
So, why all the calamity? In Psalm 46, we see a threefold purpose. First, God is judging the world.
We usually think of judgment as a terrible thing, but in Psalm 46 verse eight, we are invited to come behold His desolations, and we are joyful! Second: “he makes wars cease to the end of the earth (Vs. 9). Third: “I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth (Vs. 10). This is repeated numerous times throughout Scripture. In whatever he does, His goal is that the people He created know Him.
Sometimes it is
“And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you. You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of
Other times the Lord does a good thing for His people in order to reveal Himself to them:
“I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the
What is Jacob’s trouble?
The God of Israel spoke through the prophets of a time of great distress which will come upon all the inhabitants of the earth. It is called by various names in the Scripture, including “the day of the Lord,” simply “that day,” ”the great tribulation” and probably the one which most describes the period for Israel, “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” This phrase sums up the central theme of that time in which Israel, surrounded by hostile nations, will once again be a cup of trembling to all nations (Zech. 12: 2). It will be a time of distress for
It will be a crisis point for
Salvation will come through the Messiah, whose identity will become increasingly clear as events unfold according to God’s Word. It is called the time of Jacob’s trouble because it recalls Jacob’s personal struggle with God on his return to the
“… if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head (6)… But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” Ezekiel 33: 4; 6
The background to Jacob‘s trouble:
The struggle of the Jewish people began with the calling of their father Abraham. God called Abraham out from among his people and promised to make him into a great nation with many descendants. Abraham believed God although his wife was barren, but instead of trusting God to fulfill his promise he tried to accomplish it in his own way. The bitterness and rivalry between the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac is a lasting consequence of his actions. The struggle continued through Jacob, the father of all the tribes of
It is astonishing to think that the enormous tension in the
The Jewish people and the nations continue to struggle with the notion of a chosen people. What does it mean to be chosen by God and why were they chosen? Many Jews wrestle with the idea of being singled out and chosen by God and many Gentiles resent the idea.
“This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14: 26 – 27
God chose to reveal his purposes for mankind through
His redemption of mankind would be accomplished through them. When God chose Abraham he said that through him all nations would be blessed and that those who blessed him would be blessed by God, but those who cursed him would be cursed by God. This promise was transferred to his descendants through Isaac and Jacob. The nations are headed for disaster whilst they oppose God’s purpose. Monsters like Haman and Hitler were motivated by insane jealousy and hatred of God’s chosen people, but despite the devastation they wreaked they were unable to stand in the way of God’s purpose or destroy His people
Jacob was brought to a point of personal crisis where he met God face-to-face. In Jacob’s struggle with “a man” he acknowledged that he had struggled with God face-to-face in human form. Light has come to
When humbled in the time of great distress,
Israeli’s are wearied by the constant treat of war and violence. Many will be so desperate for peace that they will disregard the Word of God which forbids them from entering into peace treaties with their enemies of from exchanging land for peace.
With all this God has called Pray4Zion together with all those partners chosen ‘for a time such as this’ to show mercy to His chosen people and His chosen land. God wants us to be in the midst of the chaos with him. It is there he is seen, and His presence in us is best realized. May God prepare us all for the days ahead, that we may be ready and able to meet the need of the hour. We cannot do this without you, our partner and value your contribution. May God give you the opportunity to visit
Alf & Julie Saunders
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