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The Cheesehead Devotional Hall of Fame Edition was named a Finalist in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards. It also received Second Place Nonfiction in the Serious Writer Medal Awards.

Vince Lombardi is on every page and Brett Favre’s mother, Bonita, wrote the foreword. www.amazon.com/Cheesehead-Devotional-Hall-Fame/dp/1946016330

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Christmas Ivy has been awarded two honors. 2016 at the Florida Christian Writers Conference it won First Place in Short Story. Recently it was named a Winner in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards. Christmas Ivy takes you to a simpler time with heart-felt needs and an amazing visit that points to a provision that can only be divine.  www.amazon.com/Christmas-Ivy-Judy-DuCharme-ebook/dp/B01N0B4MY9

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 1 Prep

BLOOD COVENANT, ISRAEL, AND THE END TIMES
Bible Study by Judy DuCharme

What is Blood Covenant?
Basically: Whatever you have belongs to me and whatever I have belongs to you.
Technically: A solemn agreement or contract or union between two parties who give themselves unreservedly to each other – strength and weakness, wealth and debt.
It is the strongest bond two people can have and it lasts to all following generations.

10 steps of Covenant throughout the world and history:

Write what and where you remember seeing these steps in the Bible:

1. Two people come together._______________________________________________________

2. Exchange of coats – “Here is me” (character, commitment) _____________________________________________________________________________

3. Exchange of weapons – sword, shield, bow – “I am your strength, I will defend you.”
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4. Exchange of portion of name _______________________________________________

5. Cutting – letting of blood (wrists) ____________________________________________

6. Wound is sealed so it can always be seen – rub something in so, even when healed, it’s visible.
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7. Animal(s) cut in half – walk around while pledging commitment _______________________

8. Rehearse blessings and cursings – very stringent, serious ______________________________

9. Memorial established to remind of covenant – stones (engraved), sheep exchange, planting of trees _____________________________________________________________

10. Covenant Meal (celebration) – simple bread and wine ______________________________

The word ‘covenant’ appears more than 250 times in Old Testament.

Do you see the 10 steps mostly in the Old Testament or New Testament? ___________________

Have you seen covenant stories in the Bible? _____________________________________________

Where do you see covenant in your life? ______________________________________________

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 1 Content

Week 1
Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times
Bible Study by Judy DuCharme

Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, “I beseech Thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Deuteronomy 7:9 Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.

2 Cor. 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. (first is old covenant, second is new covenant)

Covenant Heads or Partners are called Friends. This is not a light term. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends.
2 Chronicles 20:7 Abraham, thy friend forever.

The Creator voluntarily initiated entering into covenant with the created.

Genesis 15:1 the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceeding great reward.” (This is the exchange of ___________)

Genesis 15:17 a smoking oven and a burning torch passed between the pieces. (of cut animals)

The ancient Hittites would cut animals and the lower party would walk between the bleeding pieces and take an oath of loyalty to the superior, “May the gods do so to me as I have done to these animals if I do not fulfill the terms of this covenant.” In Gen. 15:17, who is passing between the pieces and what does this tell you? ____________________________________________________
And do you see a significant comparison in the New Testament? _____________________________

God’s name: Jehovah which comes from Yahweh, which comes from Yah,which is pronounced like breath escaping “AH!” Read Genesis 17:5, 15. What did God insert into Abram and Sarai’s names?
________________________. Think about the sound of the breath. How does that relate to who we are? _______________________________________

Exodus 3:6,15 God now calls Himself the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. And He says it is His name forever. What has God done here? ______________________________

God requires circumcision in Gen. 17: 10,13,26, a sign of cutting, of letting blood.

Read Deuteronomy 11:26-29. What is the condition or the key to receive the benefits of the covenant? ___________
Deuteronomy 28 lays out the benefits and blessings as well as the curses. List some of the blessings God provides for you in His covenant. __________________________________________________
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Memorials established to remember the covenant – stones engraved or piled into a monument, sheep exchanged, trees planted.

Exodus 12:1-28 Passover, the Covenant Meal – the day, the meal, and the blood were all signs. Read verses 13,14. Do you see companion signs in New Testament? What are they? ________________
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Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. Where does Jehoshaphat remember the covenant? ___________________
What does God tell them to do? _______________________________
God’s covenant is set, is promised, but we must engage it. How do we do that? _______________
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When God said to Abraham, “Give me your son, your only son” in Genesis 22, Abraham knew it was covenant and that because of covenant God would do the same. He obeyed unquestioningly for it was covenant rights. And Abraham named the place ‘The Lord will provide’ for God asked for his son and then provided the ram. How did God later do just what he asked of Abraham? __________________ _____________________________________________________

When Jesus, in the Passover with his disciples, said, “This is the blood of the New Covenant”, the disciples had a thorough understanding of what it meant to enter into covenant.

After going through this, where do you see covenant evidence in your personal life?
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Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 2 Prep

Mephibosheth, a Covenant Story by Judy DuCharme

The dust billowed as the young messenger raced to the palace. Mephibosheth wondered what news he would deliver. His father Jonathan and grandfather King Saul remained in battle. Perhaps news of victory would sound throughout the halls.

Though only five years old, Mephibosheth knew the importance of this battle and that Grandfather Saul must always win. Grandfather reigned as King, and what a good king he was. Sheth, as everyone affectionately called him, hoped he too would reign as a great king one day. First, though, that rascal David must be stopped. Daddy never thought David was a threat, but Grandfather knew David couldn’t be trusted. Grandfather said David only wanted to steal away the kingdom, and since he was King, he must be right.

The messenger reached the palace gate and Sheth waited to hear the shouts of victory. Instead, cries of agony rose to his ears. Servants and family alike threw themselves to the ground and covered themselves with dust.

Sheth’s nursemaid ran into his room. “We must go at once or we’ll all be killed.” Her eyes were large with fright.

“But why? What has happened? What is the news?” Fear crept through Sheth’s little body..

Nursemaid threw his things in a bag and did not answer. He could see her shoulders heaving as if her whole insides were about to break loose.

“Nursemaid,” Sheth struggled to get the words out. He felt a choking deep within as if he, too, were about to burst.

Nursemaid turned, kneeled, and with eyes red from tears, looked deep into Sheth’s own big blue eyes. “Sheth, dear Sheth, we have received the worst news.” She paused.

Sheth trembled, so afraid to hear her words.

She continued as if she had to force each stubborn word out of her mouth. “Your . . . grandfather and father have . . . both been . . . have been . . . killed in battle. Sheth, they are no more.” She hugged the boy tightly. “David’s men killed them and now David will be king. He will kill us all if we stay. I know your daddy told you David is a kind man, but their friendship was long ago. David has long tried to steal the Kingship from your grandfather and now he’s done it. He’s a terrible man and we must flee or we too shall die.”

Sheth could not move. What did this mean? Daddy and Grandfather could not be gone. They would arrive home soon. He looked at Nursemaid again. She told the truth. David’s a terrible man. He’d taken away what meant the most to Sheth.

Nursemaid picked him up. “We must go now or David’s soldiers will be here.” She carried him down the narrow stairs. The steepness of the steps proved difficult to maneuver. Tears streamed down Nursemaid’s face, and Sheth felt a a deep trembling within as a volcano of sobs threatened to erupt.

At a sharp turn in the stairs, Nursemaid stumbled, blinded by her tears. She fought to regain her balance, but instead fell headlong down the steps. Sheth could not jump free for she held him too tightly. She landed full force on his little legs, making a terrible crunch.

“My God, my God, why this curse upon our household?” Nursemaid covered her face with her hands.

“I can’t move! My legs won’t work!” Sheth cried and reached out to Nursemaid. “They hurt. They hurt. Please help me.”

Again through the midst of tears, Nursemaid picked up the little boy and carried him to join the rest of Saul’s household.

From the palace they fled to Lodebar, a dry desert place, and took up residence there. They told no one they were of the household of King Saul. The years went by, and Mephibosheth grew to a young man. He barely remembered the days of living in the palace where life was good. Now, life was very hard. He married and had a son, but because he was crippled, no one hired him for any type of work. Sheth considered himself a burden to everyone around him.

From time to time, news came of continued wars between King David and those who were former followers of Saul. Sheth often wished he could join them in battle and avenge the death of his linage. Fear and anger would grip him at times and others would say, “Sheth, if David ever finds you, you’ll be dead. He’s a terrible man. You should be king, Sheth, not him . . . but what good could you do with those crippled legs?”

One day, a messenger from the King’s palace arrived. “King David has called for Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, grandson of Saul.” Sheth knew that life was over now. It hadn’t been a good life, but he did not want to die. He said goodbye to his family and his own young son with great emotion, for he knew he’d never return.

Upon arriving at the palace, he bowed before David in fear and trembling.

“Fear not, Mephibosheth.” David smiled. “I seek to show you great kindness. I have been searching for you many years for just this purpose.”

“And why should the King want a dead dog such as I?” Sheth fell to the ground before David.

“Years ago, your father Jonathan and I made a covenant promise to one another. We became as brothers forever. How deeply I grieved at the death of your father for it was as if my own family had died. For a long time now I have sought to find anyone left of Jonathan’s seed that I might render to him according to the covenant between us. At last, I found Ziba, one of Saul’s servants, and he told me of you. I will now restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you shall live here with me in the palace.”

Mephibosheth slowly lifted his head. He couldn’t believe his ears. Surely this was a dream. This couldn’t be King David. He’d been told all his life David wanted to kill him.

David summoned Ziba. “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. Now, you and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him and produce food for his family. He will live here with me as my son and eat at my table for the sake of my covenant with his father Jonathan”.

So Mephibosheth and his family moved to Jerusalem, and there they lived in the palace with King David. And Mephibosheth ate daily at the King’s table.

Bible Lesson

David and Jonathan made a blood covenant with each other when they were young men. This is recorded in 1 Samuel 18: 1-4. A blood covenant could not be broken. Since the beginning of time it has been the strongest commitment that could exist between two people, families, or nations.

A blood covenant basically said, “Everything that is mine belongs to you, and everything of yours belongs to me.” It was a forever promise – from generation to generation. That is why David sought out Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for covenant is ‘berith’ which means ‘to cut’. To establish a covenant they would cut their wrists and rub soil into the cut so it would leave a mark. Usually there would be an exchange of coats which represented their promise to care for each other. Weapons would be exchanged meaning they would share their strength and protection. Each would recite to the other the blessings of their covenant as well as the curses if the covenant was ever broken.

The story of Mephibosheth is taken from 2 Samuel 9. Let’s look at what it means to us:

The name David means ‘one who loves’. David in this story is like our Father God who always loves us no matter where we are.

The name Saul means ‘one who asks demandingly’ – one who is selfish and always wants for himself. Saul is like all men, the human race. Man is basically selfish and only thinks of himself.

The name Jonathan means ‘God gives’. God gave Jesus, so Jonathan in this story represents Jesus.

The name Mephibosheth means ‘One who gets rid of shame’. Sheth represents men who have let Jesus become their Lord and live in their hearts, putting away the shame of living in sin without God.

David looked for Sheth. God looks for us.

Saul hated David. Man often hates God and tells likes about him.

Jonathan was the son of Saul. Jesus was born and lived as a man – he was the Son of God.

Sheth was raised by Saul’s family but ended up in the house of David. We were part of the world but Jesus has saved us and made us whole.

Matthew 18:11 says, The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

The word ‘save’ means: to make whole, to protect, to rescue, to heal, to cure, to preserve, to deliver.

Jesus came to heal and protect and make whole every part of our lives.

Mephibosheth was in a dry desert place, crippled and without hope. He thought David wanted to kill him. When we don’t know Jesus, this world we live in is dry and without hope. We feel helpless and angry.

Sheth was always meant to be in the palace, but he didn’t know it. Everyone you know is meant to be in the palace, in God’s house, eating at his table and surrounded by His love and provision.

Sheth was told that David was cruel and could not be trusted. A lot of people feel that way about God, that He’s going to get them if they’re not careful. They don’t know the truth of His love and the good things He has for them.

Because of His love for Jonathan, David sought for Sheth and brought him to his house.

Because of Jesus, God searches for us and brings us to Him. He wants us to live with Him and have all that He has for us. He wants us to have wholeness in every area of our lives. He is the King of everything, and when we live with Him, we have the King’s authority over sickness and all the work of the devil.

The blood covenant left a mark on the wrist. Jesus had a mark on His wrist from where the nails held Him to the cross. He took those marks to establish God’s covenant promises to us. When we ask Jesus into our hearts to live with us He makes a change in our hearts. Our hearts instead of our wrists have a ‘mark’ because they become new. God loved us so much that He gave Jesus to die for our sins and then raised Him from the dead so we could live without sin, live in the palace, in the house of the Lord forever.

The Son of Man, Jesus, has come to save thoroughly, rescue, heal, protect, cure, preserve, and deliver that which was lost.

Please read:

2 Samuel 4 and 9

Joshua 2, 6:23

Book of Ruth

Genesis 9:8,17

Genesis 49:24-26

Genesis 37:3,4

Genesis 37:5-9

Genesis 37:23,32

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Week 2: Bible Covenant Stories revealing God’s Covenant Relationship with Israel

Lovingkindness – a Covenant word – Mercy (chesed)- show kindness, show mercy, bow head towards, compassion.  Isaiah 55:3— I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. The covenant of the House of David was one of praise and worship, honoring God and coming into His presence.  We are the temple.  Jesus has made the blood sacrifice.  Our service now is ______________.

Psalm 63:3,4 – Because your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live.

When Jesus, in the Passover, said, “This is the blood of the new covenant, the disciples had a thorough understanding of what entering into covenant meant.  Anyone that was the seed of covenant heads, was heir of ___________________.  Galatians 3:29-And if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

David and Jonathan entered into covenant in 1 Samuel 18:1-4.  They exchanged coats (character) and weapons (protection and provision).

Story of Mephibosheth: Injured in a fall fleeing from David’s armies who had just killed Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 4. (David was grieved and angry that they had been killed.) They then went to live in Lodebar, a dry, desert place.  In 2 Samuel 9 David searches out offspring of Jonathan to honor the covenant and finds Mephibosheth.  Mephibosheth is sure David is going to kill him, refers to himself as a ‘dead dog’, but instead David has him live in the palace and eat at the King’s table everyday and gives him servants to plant and harvest the land.

It’s a picture of Israel’s covenant with God and our covenant with God.

  1. lived in the house of Machir (to tumble in ruins, to perish, to be brought low, decay), son of Ammiel (people of God) in Lodebar, a dry desert place.
  2. David – ‘one who loves, lover’. Example of, and like, our _______________, who loves no matter what.
  3. Saul – ‘one who asks demandingly’-one who is selfish, always wants for himself. Saul is type of Adam race – selfish, only thinking of themselves. Saul was an _________of David, just as flesh is at ___________ with God.
  4. Jonathan – ‘Jehovah giveth’ – God gives. Jonathan is a type of Jesus. Jonathan was son of Saul as Jesus was son of man.  Jonathan had the _________ of David like Jesus had the _________ of God.

4.Mephibosheth – ‘one who dispels, or gets rid of, shame’ –type of the_____________, who have made Jesus Lord and put away the shame of sin.

Mephibosheth was raised by the family of Saul, but ended up in the house of David.  The redeemed grow up in the family of sinful man, but end up in Lord’s house.  The people of God (Ammiel) gave birth to ruins, perishing, decay (Machir) when they went to Lodebar. The Palace is the home of the king, type of kingdom of God.  Lodebar is a dry desert place, pastureless, no food, type of the world of sin.

David searched for Mephibosheth because of Jonathan and brough him to his palace, his kingdom.  God searches for us (dead dogs) because of _____________ and brings us into fellowship with Him.  We are to eat at His table daily and walk in the authority and blessing of being a King’s son.  Matt 8:11-The son of man has come to save (protect, rescue, heal, make whole, preserve, deliver) that which was_________.

Mephibosheth was in a dry, desert, pastureless place, crippled and without hope, as we are in the world, yet born to be in the palace.  He was in Jonathan’s loins when covenant was made.  He was the son of the covenant, but didn’t know it, just as we don’t always know it.  Mephibosheth was lied to by Saul’s household about David, that David was cruel and out to get him. We, of Adam’s race, are lied to about God.  Saul hated David and did not want David’s influence in his life or family.  Jonathan was son of Saul as Jesus was son of man, but refused to walk in his father’s hate.

Ruth and Naomi.

Boaz showed kindness (covenant word) to Ruth just as Rahab, his mother, showed kindness to the Israelites. Rahab live in the wall of Jericho.  Read her covenant request with the spies in Joshua 2 and 6:23.  Read about Ruth and Naomi in the book of Ruth.

Boaz was the kinsman redeemer, only a kinsman could ___________, buy back, the property and wife of a dead relative.  Jesus took on flesh to be a kinsman for us.

Boaz (swiftness) could recognize the beauty of character of an outsider because of his mother, Rahab (proud). Salmon (clothing, covering) married her.  Salmon ___________ the sin of pride.  Boaz and Ruth had Obed (serving).  Obed was the grandfather of David.

Naomi (pleasant, delightful, agreeable) was married to Elimeleck (God of the king).  Elimeleck died after they moved to Moab, a terrible place.  Their sons, Chilion (pining, destruction) and Mahlon (sick,weak) also died after marrying Orpah (declining, backsliding) and Ruth (friend, companion).  Naomi decided to go back to Israel and told the girls to go back to their families.  Ruth, instead, entered into ___________– where you go, I will go, your God will be my God, with Naomi.  Naomi wanted to change her _________ to Mara (bitter).  Instead Ruth took care of her and Boaz took care of Ruth, and God blessed all of them.

Noah

Gen. 9:8-17 – God makes ___________with Noah and every living thing.  Never will all flesh be cut off by flood nor will the earth be destroyed by flood.  The sign of this covenant between God and Noah, all creatures, and the earth, for perpetual generations (forever) is the________.  The __________ will be seen.  Seen is ra’ah: to see, literally or figuratively, appear, behold, consider, gaze, take heed.  Same word as provide in Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees ahead and____________.

Bow (rainbow) –gesheth-bending, a bow for shooting.  In Gen. 49:24-26 when Jacob pronounces ____________ on his sons, he says about Joseph that his bow (gesheth) remained in strength, even though attacked.  God’s defense (bow) was there for Joseph.

Remember that exchange of __________ speaks of covenant partner’s defending the other.  They are also signs of the _____________.  The bow in the rainbow shows covenant and God’s defense and promise.

Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise (laudation from the heart) unto our God; Many shall SEE it (ra’ah – see it for provision and as a sign of covenant) and FEAR (reverence) and TRUST in the Lord. Genesis 22:14 – And Abraham called the name of the place (where he was to sacrifice Isaac and then provided the ram), The Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” The Lord-Will-Provide is Jehovah Jireh (ra’ah).

In Acts 9:16, 17, Paul quotes Amos 9: ‘After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild it ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’

Joseph had defense that was seen –we praise because we know we have God’s defense and when we praise, others see it – praise is a sign. How do you see praise? _________________ How does this compare with the mark on the wrist? ____________________________

Praise is a sign to all mankind to call them to seek the Lord.

Color of the rainbow – whole spectrum – all the aspects of light.  Jesus is the light.

Gen 37:3,4 – Jacob gives__________, his oldest son of Rebecca, the love of his life, a coat of_____________.  Lots of color in clothing was not common at that time.  The brothers knew what that meant.  They knew covenant.  They knew the sign of the rainbow, and they knew the exchange of coats was exchange of character – also, covenant heads exchanged coats.  That coat screamed protection, defense, father’s character, covenant head.

Gen. 37: 5-9 – Joseph has his dream and it fuels anger, even Jacob gets mad, but Jacob kept the matter in his mind.

Gen. 37:23, 32 – the brothers get rid of Joseph, but strip him of his coat of many colors, and they dip it in blood.  Our covenant is dipped in blood. What connection do you see here? ________________________________________________________________

Jesus is called the Son of Man, and we, the Children of God – Jesus took our _________ and we are given His ___________.

1 John 3:1 – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

How do we carry this to Israel and the End-times?

Who is the Blood Covenant for? _____________________________________

Genesis 21:12b – for in Isaac your seed shall be called. Genesis 21:2a – Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, . . .

Galatians 3:29 – And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

When is it in effect and for how long? _____________________________________

End-time Realities:

Daniel 7:25a — He (beast, anti-Christ, end-time person) shall speak pompous words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and laws.

2 Timothy 3:1 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Israel and the Body of Christ are forever linked for the wonderful forever and the difficult present.

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Why We Love Israel

(much of this is taken from notes I took when Lynn Hammond spoke at the Daughters for Zion Prayer Summit on July 22, 2018)

Exodus 19:4-6 – . . . I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

2 Chronicles 6:6 – Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, . . .

2 Chronicles 6:13 – and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no god in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.”

Isaiah 62:1 – For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

Isaiah 62:6,7 – I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Psalm 125:1,2 – Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.

Zechariah 2:5 – ‘For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’

Zechariah 2:8 – . . . for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

Gentiles and Jews Who Loved Israel

Luke 7:5 – “for he (centurion who sent to Jesus to speak the word so his servant would be healed) loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”

Acts 10:2 – a devout man (Cornelius, a centurion) and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms (charitable gifts) generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

Jewish businessmen financed Columbus to travel to the new land, whether by choice or by force from the King and Queen.

Haym Solomon – Polish-born Jewish businessmen was the prime financier of the troops in the Revolutionary War.

George Washington provided a memorial to the Jewish people by adding the Star of David with a burst of glory from the Temple on the dollar bill.

Why We Pray

Genesis 15:1 – After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Then God showed him the stars and said that’s how many his descendants would be.

Genesis 15:6 – And he (Abram) believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Then he cut covenant.

Genesis 17:21 – But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you . . .

Psalm 105:8-11He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded for a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance.”

Deuteronomy – 32 times God tells His people to go in and possess the land.

Ezekiel 36:7-9 – Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame. But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be filled and sown.

What We Pray

Pray for the Land:

–for the return of Jewish people

–that the land never be divided

Isaiah 49:12 – Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west

Psalm 122:6-9 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity with your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.

1 Timothy 2:1,2 – Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Pray for Prime Minister, Mossad, Knesset, borders, IDF

Pray that America will always side with Israel and be judged as a sheep not a goat.

Matthew 25:32-46 – (the Nations are being judged as to how they treated His brethren)

Do not stop praying. Isaiah 62:7 – And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

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Israel, God’s Chosen Land and People

Psalm 18:22-50

Psalm 18:22 – For all his judgments were before me and I did not put away his statutes from me.

Psalm 17:7 – Show Your marvelous lovingkindness, O You that saves by Your right hand them which put their trust in You from those that rise up against them.

These are prayers of David as God has extended his covenant to him. David, as we are instructed in Philippians 4:6, is letting his requests be made known to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in line with the promises and benefits of the covenant in the presence of his current day situations and politics.

Psalm 18 has a whole variety of prayers and instruction for us just as the story of Jehosaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 does.

It’s important to read the Psalms in light of the covenant.

As we face end-time challenges we stand on our Blood Covenant, move forward with confidence and trust, make our requests known with prayer and supplication, keep the Word in our hearts and minds, and move forward with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Corinthians 10:32 – Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks (Gentiles, Goyim, Nations) or to the church of God.

Genesis 12:2-3 – (God speaking to Abram) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you . And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Malachi 3:6 – For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Many nations that cursed and attacked Israel no longer exist, yet the sons of Jacob, Israel, still stand.

Billye Brim notes in her booklet, Judgement of the Nations for How They Treat Israel

that God’s Plan A for Israel was to live in the promised land – a land bridge for Europe, Asia, and Africa – and show and teach all the world that passed through that Jehovah is the real God.

God’s Plan B, if Israel did not obey, was to be scattered to the four corners of the earth, but be brought back in the end of days, as a sign to the nations, revealing God as in their original call.

This we see today.

The Bible speaks to three groups: the Jews (Israel, seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the nations (goyim, Gentiles, non-Jews), and the church (If we are in Christ then we are the seed of Abraham).

As we read the word, we must remember and rightly divide to whom God is speaking. We as the church have not replaced Israel. Replacement theology is simply wrong. The Bible does tell us in 2 Corinthians 1:19 that all the promises of God are yes and amen to the glory of God through us . . . thus we can receive the same promises that God gives Israel since we are in the covenant with them, but we cannot exclude them from the fulfillment that God has for them. We are all part of a grand plan that God is working and fulfilling and we must recognize and understand that God is using Israel and will bring them in.

Sid Roth on his show, Supernatural, has written a book, They Thought for Themselves, and is sending it to every home in Israel, and many Jews are coming to know that Jesus is their Messiah.

Romans 2:4 tells us that the goodness of God leads to repentance. Christians United for Israel works to promote pro-Israeli policies by the United States government.

I liken it to caring for and supporting an aging parent who does not yet know the Lord, but because of our relationship, I’m constrained to love and assist, always hoping they will open their hearts to the Lord. We do it because we are family.

HISTORY

May 14, 1948 – Jewish State of Israel is born

May 15, 1948 – 5 Arab countries attack

1949 –War of Independence ends, but Jerusalem is divided

1956 – Sinai campaign

June 5-10, 1967 – Six Day War and Jerusalem reunited

October 6-24, 1973 – Yom Kippur War

1978 – Camp David Accords

1979 – Peace treaty with Egypt

1981 – Israel bombs nuclear reactor in Iraq

1982 – First Lebanon War

1987 – First Palestinian Intifada

1993 – Oslo Accords

1994 – Peace treaty with Jordan

1995 – Oslo II Accord

2000 – Camp David Summit, Second Palestinian Intifada

2002 – Operation Defensive Shield, Israel constructs security fence

2005 – Israel separates from Gaza

2006 – Second Lebanon War

2009 – Operation Cast Lead

2014 – Operation Protective Edge, Gaza

2015 – Palestinian Stabbing Intifada

2017 – President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

2018 – Israel’s 70th anniversary

In all these attacks, Israel was never the aggressor.

Israel is the only nation in the world created by the express act of God.

Genesis 15:18, 17:2-8, 26:3

Genesis 17:19-21 – Then God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Boundaries of the State of Israel

Recorded in Numbers 34:2-15, Joshua 11:16-23; 13:1-22, Ezekiel 47:13-28; Ezek. 48

Atrocities

John Chrysotom (349-407) – renowned Archbishop of Constantinople, yet spoke horrible of the Jews in his sermons. Considered to have begun the history of Christian anti-semitism.

Crusades, 950-1350 – persecutions of Jewish people that continued for centuries. Entire Jewish communities were massacred.

Spanish Inquisition 1480-1492 – the inquisition tribunals investigated Jews they believed made a false conversion to Christianity. Then in the Edict of Expulsion (Alhambra Decree) Jews were accused of trying to draw Christians away from their faith and therefore expelled from Spain (required to leave by July 31, 1492) – those that stayed were brutally tortured and burned at the stake. Columbus’ trip was financed by Jews and he left Aug. 3, 1492 and brought Jews to a land where they could live freely.

13th-16th centuries –Spain, England, France, some German states, and Portugal expelled Jews

Martin Luther’s book “The Jews and Their Lies” 1543 – Luther was disappointed that the Jews didn’t convert as a result of his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. He stated they were no longer the chosen people but the devil’s people and advocated setting synagogues on fire, smashing their homes, forcing them into labor or expelled from Germany.

Britain expelled Jews in 1144-1290 accusing them of using the blood of Christian children for their Passover matzoh (Blood Libel). In the 1940’s they also tried to prevent Jews from returning to Israel. Yet in 1917 they won back the land from the Turks and Field Marshall Edmond Allenby took Jerusalem without a shot fired. They set aside land for a Jewish homeland – no-one cared because the land was considered worthless.

Where are the Medes and Persians, Haman and his sons, Babylonians, Amelekites, Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Nazis? They cursed the Jews.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Judaism out of which we gained Christianity.

Romans 11:29-33 – For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. For as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these (Jews) also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Romans 15:27 – For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their (Jews) spiritual things, their (Gentiles) duty is also to minister to them in material things.

Blessings of blessing Israel

Laban was a Syrian that Jacob worked for and finally decided to leave as Laban kept reducing his wages. Laban asked him to stay for he learned that the Lord had blessed him for Jacob’s sake.

(Genesis 30:27)

Pharoah’s Egypt was blessed by Joseph (Genesis 41)

Cornelius household the first of the Gentiles to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 10)

Israel’s amazing accomplishments

Brilliant inventions of drip irrigation has helped her produce more food out of the desert than any other land. World leader in medical procedures, research and technologies as well as high-tech inventions, and more Nobel prizes per capita than any other nation.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 – Then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s official independence May 14, 1948. Eleven minutes later, President Harry Truman was the first leader in the world to recognize Israel as an independent state . . . and apologized for taking so long to respond.

References for this study included two booklets by John Hagee

Israel 70 Years of Miracles

Why Christians Should Support Israel…the Apple of His Eye