Partners in God’s PurposesJanuary 3, 2014 - 5:00 am
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.”—Jeremiah 46:27
The Torah portion for this week is Bo, which means “come,” from Exodus 10:1–13:16, and the Haftorah is from Jeremiah 46:13–28.
This week’s Haftorah portion comes from the book of Jeremiah and focuses mainly on Egypt’s downfall and the Egyptians’ imminent capture by the Babylonians. However, in the last two verses, the prophet turned to the children of Israel who knew that they were also destined to be overtaken by the Babylonians. The prophet came to reassure them. He wanted them to know that God’s plans for them were different than His intentions for the Egyptians. The children of Israel were God’s people and He promised them a bright future.
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” the prophet began. Jeremiah continued: “I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.”
I love this verse, not just because it demonstrates God’s love for His people, but also because it is a verse that is very much alive and real today.
Here at The Fellowship, we have witnessed how the children of Israel have returned to the Holy Land through our ministry, On Wings of Eagles. Long-lost Jews have resurfaced in Israel from all four corners of the world. However, the verse is not completely fulfilled as of yet. Unfortunately, we cannot say that Israel lives in peace and security. We don’t yet live in a world where no one tries to make Israel afraid. On the contrary, we witness daily provocations from Israel’s enemies who openly threaten to wipe the Jewish state off the map.
So this verse is particularly interesting. It is in the process of being fulfilled. And what makes it even more exciting to me is that God has given us the opportunity to be partners with Him in making these prophecies come true.
In this week’s Torah portion we read about the Israelites leaving Egypt. Not long after, they were in the desert and it was time to build the Tabernacle, a temporary dwelling for God. God instructed Moses to take contributions from the people in order to build the sanctuary. But isn’t that strange? Why would the God who performed all the miracles in Egypt need help in building His dwelling? The Sages explain that God didn’t need any help, but by His grace and compassion, He gives us the privilege of contributing to His purposes.
At The Fellowship, we are honored to contribute to God’s purposes. Bringing God’s people home to Israel and building bomb shelters for security are just a few of our many lifesaving, biblical, and prophetic projects. We hope that you will join us in serving God’s purposes until every last prophecy is brought to fruition.