2 Chronicles 6:6 “I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there…”
God Chose Jerusalem as the place for His temple- the Bible calls it the “Holy City” (Isaiah 52:1, Daniel 9:24), the “City of our God” (Psalm 48:1) and the “City of God” (Psalm 46:4, Revelation 3:12) among other wonderful and glowing names. Likewise, the Lord called David “a man after My own heart” in Acts 13:22 and promised that one of David’s descendants would always be on the throne in 2 Samuel 7:11-16.
When the nation of Israel was restored to the land in 1948, many saw it as God moving forcefully and visibly in modern times. Researching some of the miracles that have happened in the land since then- especially during the Six Day Wars in 1967, the War of Attrition from 1967-1970 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973- will convince even the most cynical person that there is something greater at work here, that there might be a reason to believe that Israel holds a special position not enjoyed by any other nation.
Israel’s greatest ally- the United States of America, calls itself a “Christian nation”. Sadly, we’re not. Ours is a country founded by strong Christian men, and our Declaration of Independence reflects that as do the writings of those same brave souls who put their pen to that parchment and attested to their rebellion against the crown. As inspired as it is, and despite the great reverence as it gives to our Creator, our national charter doesn’t include an oath to God or swear allegiance to Him. Our nationality is immaterial to God- He doesn’t see us as His red, white and blue children. God sees us as either sinners or redeemed; Believers or nonbelievers.
Scripture is silent regarding the USA except in the same promise God gave to all people in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” This promise was made to Abraham for the benefit of him and his descendants. Did God honor Abraham because he was an Israelite, or did God honor Abraham because he believed in God’s promise? “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (Romans 4:3)
It’s clear from Romans 4:3 that Abraham’s faith was counted as righteousness, and we know that our faith in Jesus Christ makes us righteous. As a wild branch grafted onto the olive tree, Romans 11:17-22 declares if the root is holy, so are the branches. In this, the dispensation of the church (Christians) is separate from Israel. Israel is beloved of God and the covenant God made with Abraham is unilateral. Therefore, as a grafted branch, Christians are accorded righteousness; not to supplant God’s chosen people but to inspire jealousy in Israel and be a symbol of God’s desire that the entire world be redeemed to Him. Romans 11:25-29 describes the partial hardening of Israel until the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved…” and goes on to say that the Deliverer will come out of Zion, banish ungodliness from Jacob and take away their sins.
We know God’s eye is on Jerusalem and, in the Bible, Jerusalem is the center of creation. As Christians, our desire should be aligned with God’s heart. Pray for Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).