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Israel's Independence Day - Michael Wodlinger
May 2, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Representative

What does it mean to be independent?  To our beloved Abba (Father), being independent means to be in rebellion against Him.  Yes, we do have free will to make the day-to-day decisions concerning our lives, but for the big-ticket issues that require decisions of integrity, trust and strength beyond our ability, we need to rely on Him and Him alone.  So, what does this have to do with Israel and their/our 69th anniversary of Independence?

In 1948 HaShem, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, fulfilled the promise He made in Isaiah 66:8:  “Who ever heard of such a thing?  Who has ever seen such things?  Is a country born in one day?  Is a nation brought forth all at once?  For as soon as Tziyon went into labour, she brought forth her children.”

This was God’s promise to His people.  It did not require them to be faithful or true to His word.  Indeed, the vast majority of Israeli Jews today are secular, only attending synagogue for festivals, marriages and funerals, as are the vast majority of Jewish people living in the rest of the world.

When the Romans captured Israel in 136 ce after the Second Jewish War (also known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt), the Jewish people were sent into exile throughout the known world.  That is still where more than 14 million Jews live today.  Why is this important?  Although the vast majority of Jews are still in the Diaspora (living outside Israel), their homeland is ready and waiting for their return.  Even today, many groups – both Christian and Jewish - assist thousands of Jews in the Diaspora make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).  But there are many more to come.

As we recognize this season of independence and homeland renewal, let us also recognize that the time is coming quite soon when all Israel will look to heaven and cry out to HaShem, “Baruch Ha Ba B’Shem Adonai – Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!”  At this desperate cry for salvation during a major war against Israel, Messiah will hear their cries and will reveal Himself to all those whose heart-felt cries for redemption reach heaven.

So, as we recognize, celebrate and pray for Israel, let us remember our redemption and the One who paid the ultimate ransom price for us.  Let us ever keep in our hearts and on our lips, “Baruch Ha Ba B’Shem Adonai.”

Abba B’Shamayim, Father in Heaven, we look to you to be the support of Israel.  We look to you to be the Goël, the Redeemer of Your people.  Hear our prayers, we beg you, for the peace of Jerusalem and bring Your Son, our Messiah, to Your Land.  B’Shem Adonai Yeshua, in the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray.

Filed under: Jewish Festivals, Special Days, Israel, Jewish History

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