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Prayer Letter for April 2020

Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - April 2020

Dear prayer partners,

Within a few short weeks, the whole world as we know it has changed. The new Coronavirus has left entire countries in lockdown, international travel at a standstill and the global economy reeling. Surely, this plague is a sign of the End Times.

These last days are marked by increasing polarization: “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11) It is a time when darkness gets darker and the light shines more brightly.

Therefore, let us draw near to God and ask Him to reveal areas in our lives where we need to repent. He is the good Vinedresser: Every branch that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1-2) This is the time of pruning so that our light might shine brighter.

Believers indeed are called to “arise and shine”! However, Isaiah 60:1 is primarily addressed to Israel. Perhaps the greatest sign of the End Times is the restoration of Israel, when God will again distinguish between Israel and the nations. We find this contrast between light and darkness already in Exodus: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” (Exodus 10:21-23)

In this story, as God distinguished between Israel and Egypt, it illustrated the function of light and darkness. Already in Genesis 1:4, God distinguished between light and darkness – because the light was good. Now, God is distinguishing again: Showing His favor to Israel and meting out judgement to the nations, not because Israel has repented and is worthy – that would not be according to grace. Rather, God is doing it for the sake of His own name. (Ezekiel 36:22) Isaiah describes how salvation comes to Israel: “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore, His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” (Isaiah 59:16)

God Himself is bringing salvation to Israel. Isaiah uses a very special word here – it is His own arm which brings the light of salvation into darkness. Who is this arm? The Hebrew word is zroa, and its meaning becomes clear when we find it elsewhere in the Bible: “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm (zroa) of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm (zroa) have gained Him the victory. The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Psalm 98:1-3) The zroa is the suffering servant and the Redeemer who will come to Zion, (Isaiah 59:20) and bring salvation to all Israel. (Romans 11:26)

Did you know every Jewish family is quite familiar with zroa? For hundreds of years, every Passover meal, it is always present on the Seder plate, in the form of a shank bone. It represents the Lamb whose blood had saved the Israelites from death in Egypt. The same Lamb of God, the zroa, will soon bring redemption to Zion.

In coming weeks, the Jewish people will celebrate Passover again, looking at the zroa present on every Seder table. Let us pray that His mighty arm might be revealed to many this Pessach season.

Shalom from Jerusalem,

Mojmir Kallus
Vice President – International Affairs 
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

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