The Apple of God’s Eye
Sam Nadler, wordofmessiah.org
On May 1948, the state of Israel was born. God continues to build this nation through regeneration of His people. The Lord is building Jerusalem, not only through political influence in the world, but more importantly, by bringing Jewish people to faith in their Messiah.
Jeremiah 31:3 states “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
These words could be one of the most profound statements in the Bible since God’s love is a personal matter. The word for “loved” in Hebrew is ahav, which means a deep desire from the heart of God. Does God still personally care about the welfare of the Jewish people? Paul answers this question by saying that God’s hands are outstretched all day long to a rebellious and disobedient people (Rom. 10:21).
God’s Unfailing Love
He continues to reach out and just can’t “take a hint.” Where are His hands today? They are your hands and my hands. As our hearts are yielded to His heart, then our hands reach out on His behalf. Yeshua wept over Jerusalem because of their lost spiritual state (Luke 19:41). Today He is still weeping for He personally loves and cares for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. This is hard for most people to understand, since in the human experience, everybody has a breaking point and eventually gives up.
However, God’s love is unique. What we know in our everyday experience is one thing, but the “eternal”, by definition, is hidden from our experience. The word “everlasting” in Hebrew is olam which comes from the root that means “secret” or “hidden.” That is why we have a “peace which surpasses comprehension” (Phil 4:7). This love of God is beyond our understanding. I have two sons and I would never even consider giving up one of them, but “God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16).
This is a love that goes beyond our experience or understanding. His love for us is based on His character. God is not only love, He is also immutable. Therefore, His love will never cease. He loves you eternally and He will never give up on you.
Witnesses of His Love
How is God’s faithful and perpetual love revealed to Israel today? Through you as you continue to pray and reach out to the Jewish people. In fact, God has two witnesses to His faithful love today. Paul proves that God has not forsaken His people through the witness of Jewish believers who have a present tense Jewish testimony (Rom. 11:1-6).
Additionally, Paul shows God’s faithfulness through the witness of Gentile believers, for they are specifically called to make Israel jealous by ministering His mercy to them (Rom. 11:11-31). As Messiah’s perpetual love constrains our hearts, we, too, will reveal His faithful love to Israel (2 Cor. 5:14). His call upon Israel is as sure as His faithfulness to His word. It is His faithfulness that is on the line. Both Jewish and Gentile believers are necessary to be a living demonstration to the Jewish community of the eternal love of God that will never give up on them.