The Bible and Israel
Purpose and DNA
Under the motto "the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35) the purpose of The Bible and Israel is:
- That Christians will have the Bible's view of Israel
- That the people of Israel will have the Bible's view of Jesus the Messiah.
The DNA of The Bible and Israel is the values, we would like to be known for. They are guiding our attitudes as well as our actions.
- Confidence in the Bible
– because Jesus says »the Scripture cannot be broken« (John 10:35).
- Love for Israel
– because the Lord declares: »I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you« (Jeremiah 31:3).
- Expectation to the second coming of Jesus
– because Jesus promises: »And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am« (John 14:3).
The theological basis for the work is the Evangelical Lutheran way of understanding the Bible.
Background for our purpose and values
God chose the people of Israel to be the tool for implementing the plan of salvation that he had made for the whole world. Therefore, Israel is the people of God. And therefore, Christians must deal with the people of Israel.
We live in a time when God intervenes in the world history in a decisive way and turns the destiny of his people. After nearly 2,000 years of exile, Jews now return to Israel from all over the world in an unprecedented number, the desert blossoms, and the ruined cities of Israel are rebuilt.
All this was foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament, and it happens because God keeps his promises to his people. "God did not reject his people," Paul writes in Romans chapter 11, verse 2. These words also apply today. The selection of Israel remains a fact, and Israel is still a significant player in God's plan of salvation for the world.
To see how God deals with Israel strengthens our faith and shows us that Jesus will come again soon.
The New Testament teaches that "salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22). Therefore, the Christian congregation owes gratitude to the Jewish people (Romans 15:27). It must show itself in prayer for them and in practical support and help.
The New Testament also teaches that the gospel is "both for the Jew, first, and for the Greek". Because there is no salvation for any person regardless of ethnic descent outside the gospel of Jesus the Messiah. Therefore, we non-Jewish Christians have a special obligation to participate in bringing the gospel back to the Jewish people.
This is a ministry with prophetic perspective because the Bible teaches that one day there will be a revival where the people of Israel will come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah (Ez 37; Romans 11:25-26).