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Daily Devotional

Jerusalem, Our Eternal Home

October 29, 2019 - 12:00 am

This Devotional's Hebrew Word


(Plain)

If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.
— Psalm 137:5-6

Aliyah is Hebrew for “ascentor “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.

In 1903, Joseph Chamberlain, the British Colonial Secretary, made an offer to Theodore Herzl and his Zionist group. The British were prepared to give the Jews 5,000-square miles in Uganda, Africa to serve as a Jewish homeland. The proposal evoked a fierce debate. On one hand, the land would provide the Jews with a homeland where they would be free to live in peace and protect themselves from danger.

On the other hand, it fell far short of the Zionist dream to return to the ancient homeland of the Jews — Israel. Thankfully, the offer was declined because the land was deemed unsuitable. However, the question remained: Even though the historical homeland of the Jews is Israel, does it really matter where the Jewish homeland is today?

Psalm 137 answers that question with an emphatic “Yes!” For 2,000 years, Psalm 137:5 has been a cornerstone of Jewish worship and devotion: “If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.” For centuries, we longed for, prayed for, and worked for the Jewish return to Jerusalem. At times of joy, this verse was read as we remembered Jerusalem. A small part of every Jewish home was left unfinished to remember the destruction of Jerusalem. Every year on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, we spend the day fasting and crying over Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is the only capital the Jews have ever had, and Israel is the only Jewish homeland that will ever be!

This is because Israel is where the Jews belong. In Deuteronomy 1:8, God says, “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers . . . and to their descendants after them.” The land of Israel was promised to the children of Israel and their descendants for all eternity.

In Jeremiah 50:19, God says, “But I will bring Israel back to their own pasture, and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan; their appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.” Even though the Israelites would go into exile, God would bring them back. Israel is our eternal homeland.

Over the years, The Fellowship has been blessed to participate in helping Jews from around the world return home to Israel through our On Wings of Eagles ministry. We invite you to join us in this holy work bringing the Jewish people back to their God-given home.

Discover how you can help bring God’ children back to their biblical homeland through The Fellowship’s On Wings of Eagles ministry.

     

3 Responses to Jerusalem, Our Eternal Home

  1. Douglas Irvine says:

    Israel is where the Jews belong

  2. CHRIS MK NIELSEN says:

    FOR TEN YEARS A JEWISH GENTLEMAN WHO WAS THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM HAS STATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THE ARABIC PART OF JERUSALEM WOULD MAKE AN IDEAL CAPITOL FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS WAS REJECTED BY THE KNESSET,THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT!!!!!PEACE BETWEEN THESE THESE TWO GREAT AND SACRED PEOPLES WILL CERTAINLY COME IF THE ABOVE HAPPENS AND THESE TWO GREAT FAITHS CO-OPERATE AND DO THIS!!!!!THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER WAY TO ACHIEVE A PERMANENT PEACE ANYTHING ELSE WILL CERTAINLY FAIL AND GREAT DISASTERS OF ALL KIND WILL OCCUR TO BOTH NATIONS AND INDEED EVEN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!ISRAEL CAN BE THE GREATEST PEACEMAKER OF ALL TIME OR THE CAUSE OF EXTINCTION FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE IN A NUCLEAR WAR THAT WILL DESTROY ALL LIFE ON EARTH AND SEPARATION FROM ALMIGHTY,KIND AND GENTLE SHEHE GOD 4EVE,R!!!!!I FEEL CERTAIN THAT SACRED JEWISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS AND THESE BLOOD BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE WILL CO-OPERATE TOGETHER AND SO MAKE BOTH NATIONS VERY KIND AND PROSPEROUS TOO!!!!!THIS IS TRULY THE ONLY WAY TO BRING ULTIMATELY PARADISE TO THE PLANET AND THERE IS NO OTHER WAY,ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!!!

  3. CHRIS MK NIELSEN says:

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR PRINTING MY COMMENT!!!!!BLESS YOU GREATLY AND KINDLY FOR BEING SOOO BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS IN DOING SO!!!!!

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