New government, new promises, and GOD'S WILL for everything!
Dear brothers and sisters in Yeshua. Peace and blessings to you and your loved ones from the Lord God of Israel. Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer and supporting us! Together we serve the preaching of Yeshua the Messiah in Israel!
Regarding our everyday life, as you know, God determines who will govern the people. In our current reality in Israel, we have a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, with many orthodox parties aligned with him. Religious parties, in their coalition demands to Netanyahu (editorial note: the government can only be approved upon reaching a coalition consensus of the parties, after the elections), insist on changing the “Law of Return” (the law which allows Jews from other countries to obtain citizenship in the State of Israel). The aim of these parties is to prevent the grandchildren of Jews from coming to Israel, to make Aliyah, based on this law. Advocates of such changes claim that, in their opinion, the third generation of Jewish descendants do not know Jewish traditions and, in fact, "are no longer Jews."
In light of this, I want to share a little interpretation of text from the Torah — the weekly chapter “The Life of Sarah,” Genesis chapter 24:
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there.
Vs.5: The servant asked, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?”
Vs.6: Abraham replied, “See to it that you do not take my son back there.”
It is very easy to understand this text:
First, among the Canaanites there was a curse, sin, and moral baseness. There was no chance to find a worthy woman for Yitzhak, the son of Abraham, through whom the Creator wanted to build, in the future, the line of salvation for the whole world.
Second, there were such brides for Yitzhak abroad, but if Yitzhak was forced to go to his former homeland, he would lose his calling and would not be able to fulfill what God expected from the generations of Abraham, Yitzhak and all their spiritual, royal priestly lines.
And so, then we ask ourselves the question, “Was Rivka (Rebekah) Jewish? The answer is absolutely not. She was Aramaic, a resident of Khorran, but not a Jewess. A similar thing happened later, when the biblical story tells us about Leah, Rachel and the son of Yitzhak (Isaac) Jacob. But, despite the fact that Rivka, Leah and Rachel — being in the house of their fathers of idolaters, and after them also Rahab the Moabite (who went with Noamen) — were not Jewish, they suddenly realized a great mission, a great opportunity provided by the Creator. They desired to become part of Abraham's family and faith, be transformed, and enter into a great inheritance and become a part of the earthly family tree of the Messiah. They abandoned the worldly grandeur and habitual lifestyle in which they had lived before, with their idolater fathers, and went to the desert to feed the sheep, “to bring the Kingdom of Heaven down to earth.” Well, they succeeded!
And today, the orthodox parties, which, it would seem, should know and understand the Torah, demand not to let the grandchildren of Jews into Israel. The patriarchs took non-Jewish women as wives in order to “ignite” them with the Faith and make them Jews in the faith, the true faith, and now in Israel we hear, “We will forbid those who have Jewish blood to live in Israel and return to the REAL faith and the CALLING of the fathers.” It sounds ridiculous, but that is our reality these days. In the Nazi camps, the grandchildren of Jews were humiliated and executed, but today the grandchildren of Jews may find themselves in the position of being “rejected” by their own people.
I am writing to you about this to encourage you to pray for the will of the Lord, for the preservation of Aliyah in Israel, and for the possibility of thousands more who wish to enter the heritage of the physical children of Abraham and serve for the Glory of the Lord.
(If you have questions about this interpretation, write to me and I will try to answer.)
Once again, I wish you peace and
prosperity in Yeshua the Messiah.
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