Key Scriptures about Israel

Here is a list of verses pertaining to God’s heart for Israel, God’s calling on Christians toward Israel, God’s promises to restore the Jewish people physically to the Land and restore them spiritually to Him. 

Please feel free to pray through these, use them for personal Bible study, and use them as a reference so that you can effectively share God’s heart for Israel with others.  May the Lord bless you richly!

Ariel and Shayla Hyde

www.TreeofLifeIsrael.org

 

General Passages on God’s Covenant with Israel and Everlasting Love for Them

·        God’s unconditional and everlasting promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen. 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-8; 22:15-18; 26:3-5; 28:13-15, plus dozens more);

·        God says, “Israel is My son, My firstborn,” (Ex. 4:22; see also Isa. 49:15-16)

·        Israel is the apple of God’s eye (Deut. 32:9-10; Zech. 2:8; see also Dt. 7:6; 14:2)

·        God is “zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal” (Zech. 1:14; 8:1-3)

·        God says to Israel, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love,” (Jer. 31:3) even as they are rebelling against Him, and promises that His covenant with them is as certain as His covenant with the sun, moon, and stars (Jer. 31:35-37; 33:25-26; Isa. 41:8-10; 54:7-10; 66:22; Hos. 3:1)

·        Even though many of them are enemies of the Gospel, the Jewish people are still beloved of God; their gifts, calling, and covenant with God are irrevocable (Rom. 9-11, esp. vv. 9:3-5; 11:1, 11-15, 28-29; Rom. 3:1-4; Acts 3:25; Heb. 6:13-20)

Jewish-Christian Reconciliation

·        The primary passage on the relationship between the Church and Israel: Rom. 9-11

·        Christians are called to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy (by showing them the love of Messiah) (Rom. 11:11-15; see also Rom. 10:19; 11:31; Deut. 32:21)

·        Christians have been grafted into a Jewish olive tree (Rom. 11:17-20; see Eph. 2:11-16; Rom. 15:27)

·        Do not be ignorant of your calling toward and God’s purposes for Israel (Rom. 11:25-26)

·        God has not rejected His people, Israel, even after most of them rejected Yeshua (Jesus) (Rom. 3:1-4; 9:1-5; 11:1, 28-29)

·        The need to repent and reconcile: Matt. 5:23-24; Isa. 57:14

The Jewish People’s Return to Israel and their Salvation

·        “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved” (Rom. 10:1).

·        Paul wished that he could be accursed so that the Jewish people could be saved (Rom. 9:1-5)!

·        God repeatedly promises that He will bring revival to Israel:

o    “In the Lord, all the descendants of Israel shall be justified and shall glory” (Isa. 45:25)

o    “But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation….” (Isa. 45:17a)

·        He promised to gather the Jewish people back to Israel (Aliyah) and then pour out His Spirit upon them:

o   Ezekiel 11:16-20; 20:32-44; 28:25-26; 34:13-31; 36:16-38; 37:1-28; 38-39 (esp. vv. 38:23; 39:7, 22, 25-29);

o   Isaiah 4:3-5; 11:11-12:6; 27:6, 9; 35, (esp. v. 5); 30:19-26; 43:5-8, 21, 25; 49:12-23;

o   Jeremiah 3:14-15; 23:3-6; 24:6-7; 31:27-34[1]; 32:37-41; 33:6-9; 50:19-20; Joel 2:15-32; 3:1-2, 14-17, 20-21;

o   Zechariah 8:7-8; 12:10-13:9; Hosea 1:10-11; 2:14-23; 3:4-5; 8:10; 14:4-8; Micah 7:12-20;

·        Other passages on revival in Israel: Isa. 9:1-4*; 10:20-21; 27:12-13; 29:22-24; 31:4-6; 32:14-18; 43:18-21; 44:1-5, 21-23; 52:6-9; 59:20-21; 61:4-9; 62:1-5; Jer. 30:3-9; 31:3-14; 50:4-5; Mic. 4:5; Zech. 10:8-12; Zeph. 3:10-13; Rom. 11:25-26; Rev. 7:3-8

Political Peace and Jewish-Arab Reconciliation

·        “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you will prosper” (Ps. 122:6)

·        Israel, Egypt, and Assyria will all know God and be reconciled (Isa. 19:19-24)

·        God has promised political peace and prosperity for Israel and Jerusalem, as well as revival: Ezek. 28:25-26; 34:13-16; 36:8-15, 29-30, 33-38; Jer. 3:14-16; 23:3-4; 24:6-7; 30:18-19; 31:4-5, 12-14, 27-28; 32:37-44; 33:6-9; Amos 9:13-15; Isa. 44:26; 60:4-11; 61:4; Hos. 2:14-23; Zech. 1:14-17; 8:11-13; Zeph. 3:19-20; Ps. 102:13-22

Believers in the Land

·        Pray for unity amongst the believers in the land (John 17:20-23)

·        Pray for those being persecuted (Matt. 5:10-12)

·        Through Yeshua, Jew and Gentile are united as one new man (Eph. 2:11-16)

Christians’ Calling Toward Jewish People

·        To provoke the Jewish people to jealousy (Rom. 11:11-15; see also Rom. 10:19; 11:31; Deut. 32:21);

·        To identify with the Jewish roots of our faith and with the Jewish people (Rom. 11, esp. vv. 16-24; Eph. 2:11-12);

·        To make the Jewish people a priority in our evangelism (Rom. 1:16, 9:1-5, 11:11-15); see Paul’s example of always preaching the Gospel in the synagogues first (Acts 13:5, 14; 14:1; 17:2, 10, 17; 18:4, 19; 19:8);

·        To earnestly pray for the Jewish people’s salvation and for the peace of Jerusalem (Isa. 62:1-7; Ps. 122:6; Rom. 9:1-5; 10:1);

·        To love the Jewish people unconditionally, just as God loves them (Jer. 31:3, 20; Zech. 1:14-21; Isa. 49:15-16; 54:7-10; Hos. 3:1; Mal. 1:1-5; Matt. 22:39-40; 1 John 4:7-8, 11);

·        To repent for a past of hatred and anti-Semitism and seek reconciliation with the Jewish people (Matt. 5:23-24; Isa. 57:14);

·        To bless the Jewish people (Gen. 12:3; 27:29; Num. 24:9; Rom. 15:27);

·        To comfort the Jewish people (Isa. 40:1-2);

·        To praise God for bringing the Jewish people home to Israel, and to proclaim what He has done to others (Jer. 31:7-11; Ezek. 36:22-23; 28:25-26; 37:24-28; 39:21-29, etc. (see below))

·        To participate in the Jewish people’s restoration to their land (Isa. 14:1-2; 43:5-6; 49:22; 60:5, 10-11)

·        To support the Jewish people (especially Messianic Jews) financially (Rom. 15:26-27, Gal. 6:10).

 

World Revival as a Result of Jewish Faith in Yeshua

·        Israel’s acceptance of the Gospel will bring greater riches to the Gentiles and will be as “life from the dead” (Rom. 11:11-15)

·        Yeshua will not return until Jews in Jerusalem welcome Him (Matt. 23:37-39)

·        God promises that the nations of the world shall know that He is God when the Jewish people return to Israel and follow their God (Ezek. 36:16-38, esp. vv. 23, 36, 38; 28:25-26; 20:41-42; 37:24-28; 39:21-29; Zech. 8:20-23)

·        All nations shall stream to Jerusalem to worship – there shall be peace forever (Isa. 2:2-5; Mic. 4:2-5; Zech. 14:16-21)

 

[1] This promise includes the promise of a “new covenant.”  Of course, Yeshua inaugurated this covenant through His own blood and atoning sacrifice. However, this promise won’t be completely fulfilled until all of the house of Israel returns to their God and receives forgiveness through Yeshua – “for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD.  For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (v. 34). Note that the context of the entire chapter of Jeremiah 31 is about the return of the Jewish people from all around the world – after which they will enter into the new covenant as a nation, even though the covenant was inaugurated at the time of Yeshua.