June 14: Gathering and Return of the Jewish People

The term “aliyah” is a Hebrew word that means, “ascent, climb, go up.”  Every Sabbath a man (or a woman in liberal synagogues) is given the honor of aliyah by going to the pulpit and reading from the Torah.  Today the term is used when a Jewish person migrates to Israel and claims their citizenship in the ancestral homeland.

To make aliyah to Israel requires much commitment and determination, but it has been the prayer of Jewish people for the past two thousand years, “Next year in Jerusalem!”  But much more than that, when the Jewish people “come home” it is the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Once again we remember that Israel, its people and land is primarily about the Lord God – the witness of His glory!

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Jeremiah 31:7-9: For thus says the Lord:

“Sing with gladness for Jacob, 
and shout among the chief of the nations;
 proclaim, give praise, and say,
 ‘O Lord, save Your people,
 the remnant of Israel!’

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, 
and gather them from the ends of the earth,
 among them the blind and the lame,
 the woman with child
and the one who labors with child, together;
 a great throng shall return there.

“They shall come with weeping, 
and with supplications I will lead them. 
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters,
 in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; 
for I am a Father to Israel,
 and Ephraim is My firstborn.”

The Faces of Israel

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