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Special from Mevo Modi’im with Rabbi Tuly

August 17, 2019

Devastation. Families displaced. Whole towns wiped out. Terrorists discovering new ways to access control by using kites and balloons as new weaponry in order to disrupt and destroy the lives of innocent people and families. Sound familiar?

Terrorism in Israel is not just a threat, but also a reality today. Children and families live in fear amongst the horror they face on a day-to-day basis. In recent weeks, the city of Mevo Modi’im in Israel has experienced such devastation. Terrorists attacked the town of about 60 families representing almost 300 people, totally wiping out the town and literally reducing most of it to ashes. However the outcome of these tragic events, God always has an answer which is more powerful than any “attack” that may be fallen these individuals.

While the Bible is a source of inspiration to people, especially in times of sorrow and distress, as is evident in Isaiah 61:

To comfort all who mourn
To console those who morn in Zion  
To give them beauty for ashes
The oil of joy for mourning
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
That they may be called the trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, “that He may be glorified.”
‑Isaiah 61:2-3

Isaiah 40:1 goes on to say, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended.”

The Bible states that whatever you may be facing there is beauty for ashes; to plant the “trees of victory”; for the rebuilding of cities, villages, and people’s lives; that it is not over. Every time someone has burned you, God says, I will give you beauty for ashes that the enemy has put on you.  Do you need a “tree of victory” for your life?

America is a country that cares for the nation of Israel and their life experiences that are expressed. America remains blessed as long as we are in unity with Israel. It is to be believed and it is scriptural. God prophesied that Gentiles would partner with Jews to rebuild the land and replant trees of victory. The Bible goes on to say that, “those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy…bearing seed for sowing shall doubtless come again with rejoicing. Bringing his sheaves with him” (Ps.126: 5-6). This we must do for Israel.

So in this 71st year of Israel, we, non-Jews, are to memorialize the devastated communities of Israel by connected with the land and people of Israel. It is time for us to sow into the land of Israel as never before and help rebuild the fallen. So let us pray for the people of Israel, and let us stand for the people of Israel.

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