God Keeps His Own RecordsOctober 30, 2019 - 12:00 am
will write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.” — Psalm 87:6
Aliyah is Hebrew for “ascent” or “to go up.” In biblical times, it was used to describe the pilgrimage all Jews made three times a year to Jerusalem for holy festivals. Today, it refers to immigration to Israel. These devotions explore aliyah and the fulfillment today of biblical prophecy that God would bring back His children to their ancient homeland, Israel. Discover how you can participate in fulfilling biblical prophecy through The Fellowship’s On Wings of Eagles ministry.
For many Jews, making aliyah – immigrating to the land of Israel – is a dream come true. To have children and raise them in Israel is to take that dream held by the Jewish people for more than 2,000 years a step further. So, as you might imagine, many American olim (immigrants) were dismayed to find out after giving birth to children in Jerusalem, the passports of these children would simply list “Jerusalem” as their place of birth, but not “Israel” as their country of birth.
Over a decade ago, some American parents of children born in Israel decided to pursue the matter legally. In 2002, the U.S. Congress had voted that Israel should be listed on such passports as the country of birth. But in 2015, the issue came to a head when the Supreme Court ruled that “Israel” should be left off the passports of Americans born in Jerusalem.
Psalm 87 could have been written today to address this very issue. The psalmist wrote: “The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born in Zion.’”
In other words, ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the world might say about babies born in Jerusalem. God has a register of His own. He will keep records of which children were born in Israel.
This is a great reminder that while there is some importance to what the world or the people in our lives might say about us, in the end all that really matters is what God will say about us. We should never place too much importance upon what others say or think about us. We should strive only to please our Lord and to concern ourselves only with how we will go down in His records. Will God list us as kind or cruel? As faithful or fearful? As obedient or wayward? God writes the final record — and that’s the only one that counts.