Those Who Bless Israel Will Be Blessed And Those Who Curse Israel Will Be Cursed
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
Pray for Peace
There is a blessing and a curse in Genesis concerning Israel. Those who bless her will be blessed, and those who curse will be cursed. The Israelites are The Lord God Almighty’s chosen people. He has seen them through wars, famines, earthquakes and every imaginable disaster and tragedy, including the Holocaust. Everyone who has welcomed her and sought (and still seeks) her prosperity has been blessed by God. And everyone who has (and still currently) seeks her destruction is being cursed by God.
Israel is the apple in God’s eye. She is the jewel that He desires to use to show the world His goodness and grace. Out of her came Jesus Christ, His appointed Savior. God seeks her peace, and after almost two thousand years of being scattered to the four winds, God kept His promise and restored her to the land that He had given to her millennia before. The fulfillment of this prophecy greatly angers the enemies of God, who greatly desire the destruction of her people.
Because of the hatred of her enemies, and because God is good and gracious, all who love God should love her and her people, and pray day and night that she be kept safe, and that her people would find peace. If any harbor anger at her, this is unresolved unforgiveness in their hearts, and they need to take this before the Lord to have it dealt with.
Safe and Secure
Even now, Israel and her people are under a constant barrage and attack by the descendants of Ishmael. Sarai, Abraham’s wife, was impatient with God, and offered Hagar to Abraham to start a nation. And Abraham had a son through Hagar. Here is the Bible’s description of him:
11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”
Because of his nature, and the nature of his descendants, we should be praying for the safety and peace of Israel. As long as the descendants of Ishmael are alive, they will forever torment, harass, harangue, bombard, murder, and try to destroy the descendants of Ishmael’s half-brother through Issac, and his descendants through Jacob, now Israel.
Make no mistake about it. Ask any truly evil person the best way to hurt someone, and they will all tell you, without fail, that the best way to hurt someone is to hurt the ones that they love. God’s love for his chosen people is immense. It is only proper that the enemies of God, who cannot touch Him in His dwelling place, would make every effort, with every breath on their lips that they grudgingly receive from Him, plot to cause harm, destruction, pain, and misery to God’s children.
Besides seeking the welfare of God’s nation of Israel and her people for the sake of loving God, there is an indirect impact when this occurs. God has PROMISED to bless those who bless her, and curse those who curse her. This should make everyone pause and reconsider their position on Israel (either to strengthen their opinion for her, or to change their opinion from being against her).
Just about everyone seeks the blessing of God. Although many worship anything and everything BUT the One True God, YHWH, they seek the blessing nonetheless. Apart from Satanists, Anarchists, and Death Cults, just about everyone else is seeking blessing from the one or thing who/that they worship.
We seek the blessing of Israel because God loves them. But it personally benefits us when we do so. Although this may seem self-serving, for anyone who desires to be blessed by God who is in leadership of nations, they might want to seriously consider the impact that blessing Israel (in terms of friendship, financial aid, as well as military aid) might bring to their nation as opposed to ambivalence or antipathy.
Woe of Worship
The Psalmist says that the reason they are seeking the prosperity of Israel is for the house of the Lord. For almost two millennia, since the Romans tore down the Temple of God in Jerusalem, the Israelites have not had a temple where they could worship. In 688 C.E., the Fundamentalist Adherents to Islam (FAI) built the Dome of the Rock on the former temple Court of the Gentiles, and have greatly afflicted the Israelites ever since.
The good news is that the presence of God moved from the temple to the people when Jesus Christ, the Messiah, King of king and Lord of lords was obedient to God, was crucified, buried, and resurrected three days later. He paved the way for the Holy Spirit to come and indwell all who would believe God, and who God then credited to them as righteousness.
God will soon reveal His Son as Messiah to the entire Israelite nation once He has gathered all who would return home again. And when that happens, they will forget about the Solomon and Herod temples, because they will then realize that THEY are the temples (naos*) of God!
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I actively seeking the welfare of Israel?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have sovereignly chosen the Israelites as Your people. Thank You for grafting me in to the True Vine, Jesus Christ, who feeds the native branches of Israel as well as the wild branches of the Gentiles. Father, I pray that You would bless, protect, and prosper Your chosen people in Israel. Grant the descendants of Jacob peace on every side. Draw them back to the land that You gave to them millennia ago as their inheritance, and provide for their welfare mightily. Sovereignly push her enemies back far away from her, and as David would say, “break their teeth” – destroy their strength that gives them the ability to harm her. Father, whom You love, may I love just as much. Help me to do anything and everything that I and my family can to seek and ensure the peace and prosperity of Israel. And in this pursuit, bless and protect me from my enemies and her enemies, as they will surely turn their vitriol and abject hatred in my direction as well. This I ask in the precious name of my one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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*Notes: The Greek word naos used here is not just the temple, but a specific part of the temple – it is the Holy of Holies. This was where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, and was the area of the temple where the presence of God dwelt. In pre-resurrection times, only the High Priest of Israel could enter once a year to offer the sacrifice for the sins of the nation. When Jesus died, the veil was torn, and symbolically ended the separation 0f man from God in worship and repentance of sins.
The Holy Spirit now indwells ALL believers, and because the container where the presence of God resides is the temple, our bodies are now the temple housing His Spirit. When God reveals Jesus Christ as the Messiah to the Jews, they will no longer need to offer the ritual sacrifices for sin because they will accept that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was the fulfillment of the temple sacrifice, His perfect, sinless blood as the final and permanent sacrifice for all of their sin, past, present, and future.