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Gen. 19:22 Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
This is a remarkable verse!
God notified Lot that He could do nothing until he, Lot, was safe. “I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” The Lord withheld the execution of His judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah until Lot reached safety.
This is indeed remarkable; how far is God willing to go in answering Abraham’s prayer for Sodom, and for his nephew?!
How gracious and merciful is our God, how great and powerful and necessary is prayer!
This amazing view is seen again in the book of Revelation: Rev. 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
In both cases, the redemptive purposes of God are the determiners of events as they unfold on the earth, whether local or global. Furthermore, from Revelation 7:3, we understand that whatever unfolds on the earth is subservient to God’s work in His elect.
The Corona Virus
As we contemplated the effects of the Corona virus on the world right now, we could not help but think about what will eventually come upon the earth, as it is judged. Yet, it is God’s redemptive purposes that are central to events on the earth, and not the judgment itself.
The virus is a kind of harbinger of the times that are coming on the earth. After all, the book of Revelation speaks of great plagues coming upon the earth.
Yet, as In the times of Lot and of Noah, it is the great redemptive power of God that is the theme of the story, not the destruction. In the Book of Revelation, it is the Revelation of Yeshua, the Messiah that is central, and God’s final great victory on the earth, not the plagues.
God is absolutely sovereign: Psa. 29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever
It is with this in view, that we prayed for God’s purposes on the earth for the nations, for Israel and for His Body world wide.
We prayed for the Body of Messiah in Israel and worldwide.
- We prayed for the completion of God’s purposes for His Body in the nations
- We asked God to bring many in the Body to the fullness of His purposes. “Transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Corinthians 3:18
- We continued to pray for God’s purposes for His Body from Romans 8:29
- We prayed that believers everywhere would wake up to the times they live in
- We prayed for a great earnestness to come upon the Body in the matter of seeking the face of God and returning to His Word
- We prayed that the Church would heed the voice of God calling it to come out of Babylon Rev. 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (We come out, by going in, into Christ!)
- We prayed that the Church would wake up to God
- We prayed that the Church would wake up to prayer
- We prayed for great repentance and a turning to God in the Body of Christ
- We prayed that the Church would wake up to service and evangelism
- We prayed for the Church in China that it might shine at this time with great light
- We prayed for the Church in China that it might break out in great blessing and testimony to the Chinese nation,
- We prayed that the Church in China might break forth out of persecution and unto proclamation.
- We asked the Lord to use this time in China to open multitudes of hearts to the gospel
- We prayed for the Lord to move in the Body in Israel to turn it from the World, and the Flesh, unto Himself
We prayed for the nations
- We acknowledged God’s supremacy over the nations, over evil, over plagues over the enemy himself.
- We acknowledged that it is the Lord, the creator, who also holds the universe together (Colossians 1:17)
- We asked the Lord to continue to unfold His redemptive purposes on the earth amid all these things. (Meaning not to leave the earth to the will of man or the enemy).
- We “reminded” God that He so loved the world, that He sent His Son — and asked that His light would shine amid the deep darkness the world is descending to
- We upheld before the Lord His own program to reach the nations via what He does in and with Israel — Isaiah 2:1-4, Jeremiah 33:9, Psalm 2:10-12 (God’s good advice to a rebellious world.)
We prayed for Israel
In 11 days, Israel will have another election. The third in one year. There are indications that the results will not be different than in the last two elections.
The state of leadership in Israel is a sad one. We have a former president in jail, a former prime minister who sat in prison (Olmert), asking the current president to clear his record so he could run again. We have a minister in the Knesset (parliament) who was in Jail (Arye Deri). We have a current prime minister who has been indicted.
What makes good leaders or bad leaders in the eyes of God?
Ezekiel 34:1-10 describes bad shepherds as God sees it: They did not care of the sheep, did not strengthen them, did not guard them, did not gather them, used the sheep for their own purposes.
Ezekiel 34:11-31 describes good leadership in the eyes of God: good leadership seeks and gathers the sheep from where they have been scattered (Ez. 34:11-13), good leadership feeds them (Ezekiel 14-15), cares for them and heals them (Ez. 34:16), maintains justice and established equity (Ez. 34:17-22), guards them both locally and internationally (Ez. 34:22, 28)
Although in the final analysis, God Himself, in Messiah, will be all that to us, nevertheless, this is the kind of leadership God wants for His people, and He promised to provide it! Jer. 3:15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
For this, we cried to the Lord.
- We asked for leaders who have integrity, sincerity, selflessness
- We asked for leaders who care for the sheep, not themselves
- We asked the Lord to fulfill His will in giving us leaders who will cause Jews in the Diaspora, including ex-pats to desire to come back to Israel
- We confessed to the Lord our corruption as a nation and begged for mercy
- We asked the Lord to reveal all things that are hidden
- We prayed for His will to tip the scales and bring about his decree regarding his choice of leadership for Israel at this time.
- We asked God to give us leaders who would further his redemptive plan for this nation
- We asked for leadership we can believe in and support
- We asked for leadership who would be just, and do right for the whole nation not just their supporters
- We asked God to give us leaders who would build Israel and not abuse it
- We asked for leaders who would be wise to strengthen Israel and to protect it and to love it.(2Chronicles 26:9-15)
Blessings from Jerusalem,