Having spent a lot of time in Jerusalem lately, you appreciate the diversity of the many cultures and lifestyles of people who live in Israel. From the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews to the secular Jews, to the Gentiles from around the world who choose to live there and those Christian believers who visit to learn more of their faith and walk in the footsteps of their Messiah. All of these search after something – some are veiled from the truth of the Good News of Yeshua:  the Hope of the World and her true King, Melek Yeshua (Psalm 72, Matthew 21).  

Nicodemus is mentioned three times in the book of John. In the third chapter we see he is a Pharisee, one of only a few who believed in Jesus (Yeshua) on the powerful Jewish council.  Although Jesus was condemned or ridiculed by Nicodemus’ peers (Luke 23 13-24), we see that he held firm to his conviction that Jesus was the one for whom Israel had been waiting. He was the one the Magi sought, for whom Israel had prayed and the one that would fulfil the Davidic Covenant.

It’s interesting to see that his devotion and deeply held conviction showed itself after Jesus’ death, when he brings “a mixture of myrrh and aloe, about a hundred Roman pounds” (v 39) to anoint his body for burial, as was the Jewish custom. This huge amount is equal to seventy-five pound to us in today’s terms. When we look more closely in context of the time, this was a huge quantity that was only used for royalty, or even a King. He recognised Jesus as Yeshua, as King, (Melek in Hebrew) and honoured him in this way.

When I looked at the faces of people around Israel, I saw that many still don’t recognise Yeshua as their king, or the great heritage of faith seen in the history of the nation, or its deep Hebraic roots.  So many didn’t have the Shalom that the Prince of Peace offers to all.

Pray for those who call Jerusalem and Israel as home:

  • Pray for those who are heavy laden, discouraged, traumatised and in mental anguish, to look to Israel’s Comforter. 
  • Pray for those who quote the Scriptures in their homes, places of worship and at the Western Wall, that they will be touched by the Holy Spirit (Ru’ach Ha Kodesh) and have revelation of the God of Israel in the deepest of ways. We know that God’s word will not return to him void, so pray that God’s word and his teaching feeds the needy spirits of all in Israel at this time and brings recognition of Melek Yeshua. 
  • Pray that religious or legalistic spirits are broken and that many are freed to see God’s hand of favour and grace on the nation and people of Israel.

Pray that secular tourists have a deep revelation of God whilst in the land and become friends of Israel too, and that their home nations recognise God’s special purposes for Israel in these days. 

Pray that the Church would recognise that “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22).

Without the Jews, we would have no patriarchs, no prophets, no apostles, no Bible and no saviour.
Deprived of all these, how much salvation would we have left to us? None!”
(Derek Prince)

Julia Soakell

November 2019