“I will bless those who bless you (Israel), And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
G E N E S I S 1 2 : 3
I don’t know if you have ever been to Israel, but I am sure you are familiar with one of the most well-known sites on the planet… the Western Wall. If you have not been to Israel, I want to encourage you to join us the next time we take our ministry partners and friends. It will bring the Bible to life like never before. It truly is a trip of a lifetime.
At the Western Wall, people write their prayers on tiny slips of paper. They carefully roll them up and place them inside the cracks of the well-worn rocks that form the wall. This is a deeply spiritual place where you can feel the presence of God as hearts cry out to the Lord. Once you have been there, your life is forever changed.
At the Western Wall, celebrations like bar mitzvahs are held. Scripture is silently read, and prayers are offered up to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by people who travel from all around the world to pray to God from this holy site.
At the Western Wall, the women cover their heads as a sign of respect for God. The men wear prayer shawls. These prayer shawls were designed by God Himself to remind the Jewish people of who He is. It’s a physical reminder of God’s infinite power.
God’s name is holy. It is powerful and should never be taken in vain.
He revealed His name in the prayer shawl. Exodus 6:3 says, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.” Think about that for a second. People followed God for centuries before He shared the glory of His majestic name.
He chose to share His name in the tzitzit, the tassels that hang from the ends of every prayer shawl. In the New Testament, they are called, the “craspidon,” which in Greek means twisted coil. How does it spell out Jehovah? It begins with seven and then eight coils to give the number 15. Fifteen is the sum of five and ten. Ten is the number for “Yud” and five is the number for “Heh.” There are then eleven coils, which is six and five. This means “vav heh.” You put “yud heh” and “vav heh” together, and you have “Jehovah.” Every time a Jewish person sees the tassels on a prayer shawl, they are reminded that Jehovah God is One (Mark 12:29).
I want to ask you to stand with us in support of Israel. In a world with so much Anti-Semitism, your support is needed more than ever!
Every time you touch the tassel of your prayer shawl, you are touching the name of God and releasing the power of God on your behalf.
Think of the woman with the issue of blood. Matthew 9:21-22 tells us that she touched the hem of His garment and was healed. What she was actually touching was the tzitzit (the tassels). Her supernatural healing was instantaneous as God’s power was released.
This same healing power is available to you today! Jesus is the Healer. Jesus is the Provider. He brings peace in every storm. He is the God of more than enough. If you are in need today, call upon His name. When you do, you will find the supernatural touch that you need to be made whole.
On the side of the shawl is a series of knots that represent the 613 commandments found in God’s Word. The Jewish people memorize these commandments (Psalm 119:11). When you memorize the Word of God, it is implanted in your soul. When Satan starts throwing fiery darts your way, speak the Word and watch as the demons of hell flee.
There are so many important pieces of the prayer shawl; it would take a book to share it all with you. The shawl is just one way that God revealed Himself to man. And He continues to reveal Himself daily.
I want to ask you to join me in something that is very important. Will you join me in lifting Israel in your prayers? Her enemies are plentiful… but Jehovah God is bigger, and Israel is the apple of His eye. My friend, we are certainly living in uncertain times in our history where anti-Semitic rhetoric is far too commonplace. God promises that when you bless Israel, He blesses you.
We are watching members of Congress spew the vile venom of hatred for the Jews without provocation. Our nation, in an effort to not offend anyone, has become incredibly offensive to Jehovah God. The promise of God is not only for you but for our nation. Genesis 12:3 is clear… “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.”
One day we will answer for the things that we have done and not done. Join me in praying for the nation of Israel. Join with us in making Israel stronger and its people safer.