November 17: God’s unique relationship with Israel

When Solomon dedicated the Temple, his prayer was based on God’s unique relationship with Israel.  It was as though Solomon was saying to God, “Because of this relationship, You are obligated to listen, help and forgive.”

1 Kings 8:46-53

“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;  yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness’; and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them (for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace), that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.”

God is always willing to forgive anyone who comes to Him by grace through faith in the atonement of Yeshua; but without this faith, Israel is desperate to rebuild the Temple. 

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO SEEK AND FIND YESHUA AS THE BASIS FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS

Herod’s Temple

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