ISAIAH 65:18-19a, 66:10
Today, the modern state of Israel celebrates 68 years since rebirth on May 14, 1948! Not just an opportunity for the Jewish community to express joy, Christians of biblical faith should rejoice because Israel is proof that God is fulfilling His word:
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people.”
“Rejoice with Jerusalem,
And be glad with her, all you who love her;
Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her.”
Those who love God will love Israel; and, those who love Israel will rejoice with Jerusalem, as today’s text enjoins! Remind people that God is blessing the modern, vibrant and thriving State of Israel. Am Yisrael chai (Israel is alive)!
1) Animated flag of Israel. By Dave Johnston (http://ideaspot.net/world/index.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
2) Independence Day flags flying from balconies. By MathKnight (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
3) Am Yisrael Chai (Israel is alive; adorned with two Magen David). By Oren neu dag [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.