Well the Israeli General Election is over! Remember we had one of those? For what seemed an interminably long time, the news seemed to cover nothing else! We had some 100 days of mud-slinging between different candidates and parties. Now it’s over, and we have had an election result likely to lead to a government more or less the same as the government we had before! Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to remain Prime Minister and he now needs to put together a coalition government together with some of the other parties, probably mostly the same parties represented in the last government!
We need to pray for this process of government-building, which is perhaps more significant than the election campaign and arguably much less democratic. The various parties set out their priorities in the campaign as they sought to persuade the people to vote for them. With the results now in, some of them will attempt to be involved in the next government and will need to make compromises with the other coalition members in order to define overall government policy. The parties will then enter the government with only a small proportion of the policy they were essentially elected to represent. The greatest challenge for us is to continue to pray for the government which will be formed. We may not like the politicians, or what they stand for, or the process by which they are chosen, but the Apostle Paul exhorts us, “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
The issues remain much the same as they always have been: Hamas and Gaza continue to pose a threat to the citizens of southern Israel. The turbulent situation in Syria continues to pose a real threat to Israel, with Iran and Hezbollah remaining committed to our destruction. The world community and the Palestinians continue to make noises about the creation of a Palestinian state. Inequalities and injustices continue to cause divisions among the people of Israel – between religious and secular, native born and immigrant, Jewish and Arab, etc., etc.
At Passover, the Jewish people throughout the world follow the commands of God to Moses in the book of Exodus as a reminder of the events which surrounded God’s intervention in the history of His people, as He brought judgment on the Egyptian Pharaoh and engineered the escape of the Hebrew nation from their slavery in Egypt. The Hebrews were told to kill a lamb and to mark the doorways of their houses with (believe it or not) the sign of the cross. This was the sign which enabled God to “see” that this was a Jewish household and that He needed to pass over them in His judgment. So for over 1400 years before the birth of Jesus, the Jewish people were commemorating this sign of the cross, made in the blood of the Passover lamb. Jesus the Lamb of God came to fulfil this sign, so that now, His followers are spared the righteous judgment of God, because God “sees” on us the sign of the cross made in the blood of the Lamb.
Pray that, while much is unchanged in Israel, multitudes of Jewish people would recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as the perfect Passover Lamb and receive the complete salvation which God has been holding out to them and revealing to them not for 2000 years but for 3500 years!
“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)