Following the Balfour 100 Celebration
‘Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.’
(Hymn based on Lamentations 3:23b)
The Balfour Declaration in 1917 paved the way for the rebirth of the State of Israel. During the brilliant centenary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on the evening of 7th November, those blessed to be present heard clearly of the Lord’s hand in world affairs. The historical accounts and sketches portrayed his great faithfulness to the land and people of Israel, and were a tremendous witness to the gospel.
A great declaration of praise was heard as more than 4,000 people sang the words of Psalm 149, ‘O Praise ye the Lord,’ and as soloist Caleb Alalade, president of Father’s Heart Ministry, sang the old hymn ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ accompanied by two superb choirs, with a new verse written specially for the occasion. How the prophets of old would have loved to see these days!
There is much for which to give praise in light of the Balfour 100 Celebration. The list is extensive: the integrity and planning of the organising committee; the success of the evening; the number who attended and the amazing atmosphere that resulted; the growth of understanding and the stance of the black church in the UK; the excellent souvenir brochure produced for the event; the profound witness to members of the Jewish community who were present; the outstanding portrayal of historic events, including the miracles of the Beersheba campaign; the sincere acknowledgement that the UK reneged on some of its promises; and the statement made by dozens of ‘millennial’ Christians, pledging to continue to love and support Israel and the Jewish people.
So how should we pray now? Please pray:
- For the Lord’s leading as to how Christians show support for the Jewish community in the UK and for Israel from a biblical stance (in particular for CFI UK).
- That we see anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment exposed at its root within individuals and the media.
- For churches to recognise the Hebraic roots of Christianity that are so clear in God’s word.
- That our Government will recognise and respond to the promises that followed on from the Balfour Declaration but were later broken.
- That the gospel message, inspired by the Holy Spirit hovering over the Royal Albert Hall on 7th November, will penetrate hearts previously closed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that people will see that there is no way to the Father other than through his beloved Son, Jesus (John 14:6).
- For Gods great name to be lifted high continually, as it was on that night!