The phrase “comfort my people” comes from Isaiah 40:1-2.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
What many believers miss is the small phrase (“Comfort…”), which God repeats for emphasis, and is a command to His followers. For centuries, though, it has been ignored.
The King of the universe invited all people to participate in that call, yet only a remnant responded. The effect of centuries of neglect has resulted in tragic consequences to a people, as well as a residual deficiency in the church.
Today, the Jew is considered an unreached people group. The indigenous Believers within Israel are a tiny fraction of the population, numbering less than .05%. It was never intended to be that way.
Uniting Jew and Gentile
The New Testament speaks of God making “one man out of the two.”
The context of this union is between two clearly unrelated peoples — the Jew and the Gentile.
This miraculous event began as the church, which consisted almost entirely of Jewish believers, began to embrace a Gentile audience who responded to the message of faith in Jesus, and became the “called out” congregation of the living God.
That miracle was intended to continue as a testimony to the power of God who alone could break every dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile. History, unfortunately, records a very different story. In almost every nation they settled, the Jews were forced to leave with only the possessions they could carry. They had two other options, though, convert to ‘Christianity’ or face execution.
Because of this centuries-long dilemma, the Gospel of Jesus has been strongly resisted by the vast majority of Jews. The re-birth of the nation of Israel has given them a new hope that they no longer need to fear forced conversion or expulsion. However, the ancient enmity still remains deeply ingrained in their neighbors who now surround them.
Survival is still their primary consideration.
Aligning with God's Eternal Purposes
Above all the waters of opposition that have raged throughout the ages, God has beckoned a people to Himself. Today, in Israel, we are witnessing a growing number who are aligning themselves with God’s eternal purposes. I have seen this reality. It is a glorious sight to behold and its light will only increase.
That is where my heart is today, along with a deep sense of urgency.
In response, I write to whoever would read; I speak to whoever may listen. I study Hebrew so I can better communicate in the land and I dismiss the opposition which, sad to say, is also mounting.
I have no intentions of going at this alone. I have asked God to give me favor with those whose hearts are willing to become involved. It is up to each individual to ask The Lord what that means personally and respond to His invitation.
My hope is that you are one who will listen and respond.