It seems that the events in Cairo have moved many to pray for Jerusalem. And certainly, the riots and subsequent resignation of Hosni Mubarek do not bode well for a secure border on Israel’s southwestern flank, especially as Gaza also shares a border with Egypt.
The overthrow of the Mubarek regime has long been a goal of militant Islamists, both from within Egypt and from outside. Many of radical Islam’s splinter terrorist organizations have come from Egypt, and some have probably been born from Mubarek’s iron hand in Egypt. It is certainly a scary time for Israel, and for us in the United States.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!” A very appropriate thought right now. It comes to us from one verse of Scripture, Ps. 122:6. And yet, it has spawned countless ministries that will show you how to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. One such ministry is Save Jerusalem by Dr. Mike Evans.
I got a phone call from a supporter of ours in Oklahoma, a retired pastor upon whose heart is to pray for Jerusalem. He called me to “check out” the legitimacy of Save Jerusalem, and whether I thought that he should support them. As I told him, I never want to be the determiner of which ministries receive support, but we must be discerning with our support. Supporting Save Jerusalem and many other such ministries do nothing to bring people to faith. They are good for Israel’s economy, and often gain the “imprimatur” of the State of Israel (such as Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu), but do nothing to share the Gospel. More often than not, they participate in the error of “politically correct” ecumenism that builds good relations between Christians and Jews, as long as Jesus is not mentioned. There is a good article on this tension written by David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, that I will post on our website here.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Israel and have great respect for Benjamin Netanyahu, and we should pray for peace, and perhaps especially in Israel. But I love the gospel more. I don’t want to minimize David’s cry to pray for Jerusalem, but I am reminded that as Y’shua stood outside Jerusalem, praying for her, he lamented “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, …How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! …For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” (Matt 23:37-39) The only peace that will come for Israel is the Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace), Y’shua, Jesus. We must be intentional in our outreach to Jewish people for the sake of the gospel and the Sar Shalom.