Zechariah 2:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
OH, Tell us again, Father!
Isaiah 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel.[d]
Matthew 1:23New International Version (NIV)
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will
call him Immanuel”[a] (which means “God with us”).
His name is Jesus, “the Lord saves”, His name is Immanuel, “God with us”.
I often wonder why we only hear these songs once a year. God is always with us, not just at Christmas time. I hesitate to even mention why we celebrate Christmas at the time we do anyway. Perhaps you know. In reality it does not matter, we celebrate Him. This is what matters, to celebrate Him.
The Apple of His eye, the people of Israel, where Jesus was born. The chosen people of Israel to give us the word of God. The son of David lineage, Jesus was born on earth. They seem to celebrate God many times. In Exodus 23:16 , He says; “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field.” This is a verse I have memorized. Celebrate! Oh, let’s celebrate! Let’s celebrate the first fruits, the seeds that we sow for Jesus, for the Gospel.
Shabbat was one of the most important celebrations God gave the Jewish. Is there a real reason that Christians cannot celebrate some of these days? I wonder if we did embrace the Praise of God with one another, that perhaps Jesus would be known as their Messiah. Maybe, they would see the oneness of Jesus. Their eyes are closed right now. What does Jesus want us to do?
He gave us the God given scriptures through His chosen children. They have closed their eyes to truth, and still search for the Messiah. He is already here! He reigns!
Together we could let the light shine through. The Light of Jesus is stronger than any darkness around us. How many Christians were born again in a celebrated service? How many pastors and those who speak the truth of Jesus, has God used? We should celebrate together! Immanuel, God with us!
Do we think that we cold not celebrate together? Isn’t the Passover as important to us as it is to them? Isn’t Shabbot as important to celebrate as it is to them? If we reach out with their celebrations, do you think they might be led to reach out to ours? After all, what is it that we would be celebrating together? The Love of God! If then the Spirit carries that Love to our hearts, do we think that Jesus will not be found?
So many times God has shown us this. One in particular is Jonah. He was sent to Ninevah to call upon the Assyrians asking them to repent their sins. Ninevah? Really?
Jonah 1:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
God had already put Jonah into a fish because he did not obey Him. Then God gave a miracle to Jonah, and saved him from the fish. I am sure Jonah thought he would drown.
Then after this wonderful miracle, for the second time God told him, yes, told him to go to the great city of Ninevah, to give them His message. Do you think that this time Jonah hesitated. That answer is no!
However, Jonah was so angry with God because He forgave Ninevah. After all Jonah had gone through to get this far, he was angry at God. This is not a place I would want to be, but I have been. I am sure many others have also. It is a piece of pride of self. You say, “wait a minute, God, wait a dog gone minute. Look what I had to go through to finally not be afraid to do your work”.
Do you know what God says to us? “Have you any right to be angry?” Do you know what Jonah says? He says in the self pity, wallowing in mud, “well, just take me Home Lord. For it is better for me to die than to live”. Oh, my God, I just got out of there myself! Self pity…shame on me, and in front of God my Father who loves me most. Shame, shame on me.
But Jonah, did not turn yet to see this. No, he felt so sorry for himself he found a place to make a shelter and watch what would happen to Ninevah. He was thinking, “I almost died to get this far, to see Ninevah destroyed by God”.
God made a vine to wrap Jonah from the heat in shade. God made a beautiful fresh vine. Then God let it scorch in the morning. He asked Jonah, again, “do you have a right to be angry with me?” Jonah says, “of course I do, I am ready to die.”
(feel sorry for me, just let me give up, he says)
God teaches a great thing to us and to Jonah. He says,” you have been concerned about this vine, but you did nothing to take care of it, to nurture it. And it died overnight. But Ninevah has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
Now, there is an assignment He gave me today. Read all of Jonah. It is not long, but opens our hearts to His living Word.
What does this have to do with Israel and the church? Do we want Israel to be destroyed? Do we not want them to know that Jesus is their Messiah? Are there not thousands there who need to know their right hand from their left? Should we not be concerned about the city of God, Jerusalem? Let’s pray for them, because prayer is the strongest Power of God. Remember our Glory Moments? They come from our prayers.
Hebrews 12:22New International Version (NIV)
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
I do not want to ever be like Jonah again. I do not want to ever think about giving up on the One who Loves me most. I know that what God sees is His city of Jerusalem in great need. Jesus is the Power of God through the Holy Spirit. How will they see His light unless He shines through us.
We are a light.
Matthew 5:14-16King James Version (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Just yesterday I received a message from one of our brothers in Israel. He mentioned to me how many Messianics, even a Rabbi have denounced their faith in Jesus. They were overcome by the lies of Satan.
So many of our brothers and sisters in Israel are kidnapped by family members and friends to “deprogram” their beliefs in Yeshua. Have you ever felt that Satan was telling you those lies too? I have, and Jesus has overcome.
This comes from “The Messianic Prophecy Bible Project”, please pray for them, they need our support.
Romans 10:1King James Version (KJV)
10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Isaiah 5:13 “My people perish for lack of knowledge so there will be a famine in the land.”
Not only my heart’s desire, but our church’s heart’s desire.