Partners in God’s PurposesOctober 18, 2018 - 12:00 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
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. This is one of 12 devotions exploring aliyah and the fulfillment today of biblical prophecy that God would bring back His children to their ancient homeland, Israel. For more teachings on prophecy, download our complimentary study here.
Our verse today 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 of chapter 46, 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 from 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 only because it demonstrates God’s love for His people, but also because it is a 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.
This verse is particularly interesting because it is in the process of being fulfilled. 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.
After the Israelites left Egypt and were in the desert, they began preparing the Tabernacle, a temporary dwelling for God. At that time, 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 contributions from people to help build His dwelling? The Jewish 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 honoured 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. Join us today in serving God’s purposes until every prophecy is brought to fruition and “peace and security” will once again reign in God’s Holy Land.