Raising Awareness in Keeping the Christian Presence
30 Days of Prayer
September 9, 2013
Raising Awareness in Keeping the Christian
Presence in the Holy Land
Written by: Rev. Azar Ajaj, Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS)
We believe in raising awareness in the issue of keeping the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Billions of dollars are spent every year around the world, so that people get a few days rest, yet our generation could be described as "a restless age". I wonder if the reason for this is that we are looking in the wrong place. Man searches for rest outside of himself, rather than finding it inside himself, as God meant.
"Rest" is not a strange word in the Bible. It is mentioned in the first pages of Genesis where, after creating Adam and Eve, "God rested". This "rest" wasn't because of overwork, but to enjoy and fellowship with those He created, who were "in His likeness and image". God's rest was a rest of completion. And man is invited to enjoy this rest by first having a right relationship with his Creator, in order to enjoy His creation.
The context of this verse, as well as the story of the fall of Adam and Eve, tells us that humankind lost their rest when they turned their backs on God. The Israelites, who left the land of slavery with the promise that they would enter the "Land of Rest", did not get there. Their sin, disobedience and lack of faith impeded their journey. They were free from slavery; yet, rest wasn't their portion.
Here is the challenge for us. We have heard the Good News, the news of God's love demonstrated to us clearly on the cross of Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Him have not only been saved, but have been promised peace and rest. Experiencing and enjoying this rest and being connected directly with our faith in God works on two levels: first, on the level of our relationship with Him, trusting and obeying Him. Second, it works by sharing this rest with a distressed world. If we fail to do that, we certainly lose the rest that God has prepared for us.
Pray that the students, faculty and staff at NBS will profit daily from the teaching of God's Word.
Rev. Azar Ajaj