March 16, 2019 | The Common Thread, Part 10

Faith to Sight

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Many of us can recite Jeremiah 29:11 by memory. Maybe you have the verse hanging in your home or have used it to give encouragement to a friend or family member. Have you ever thought about the circumstances surrounding the verse? Jeremiah wrote it to the Jewish people. God was talking to the Jewish people when He declared He had plans for welfare and not for evil and to give them a future and a hope. But wait! Before you take down the verse from your wall, Chris is teaching this week how thousands of years after God’s promises to Abraham were made, He is still fulfilling His promises by bringing the Jewish people back to the land of Israel. And if God keeps His promise to the Jewish people, He will do the same for us as believers in Christ Jesus. That is why we should love the verse. It may not be written directly to us as believers but it’s written from a God who keeps His promises.

We hope as you look at the covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 12 and listen to the series we’re in now, The Common Thread, you see that all of what has happened in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation has a theme. It’s connected to the promise God made: for descendants—the Jewish people, land—Israel, and blessing the world—ultimately Jesus Christ. And the rebirth of modern Israel is all part of that too. Chris will explain how this was prophesied in Ezekiel 36—37.  God has a plan, and if you are a believer in Jesus, you know that plan includes you. Looking at the modern State of Israel should make us praise God for loving us, the Jewish people, and keeping His promises.

If you would like to learn more about Ezekiel 37 you can listen to Chris explain it here in a previous episode.

If you’ve missed the previous episodes of this series, you can find them in our Archives.

Israel, My Home DVD

This DVD captures the spirit of the Jewish people as they turned adversity into opportunity. Beautifully filmed to capture the landscapes of the Holy Land, this film is a new look at the state of Israel and the fulfillment of God’s promise. One of the best ways to experience Israel is to see it yourself. But next to that is Israel My Home. Whether you’ve been to Israel or not, we highly encourage anyone who desires to encounter the holy land to purchase this DVD.


Apples of Gold: Who Is On Our Side?

Zvi reflects on how volatile it is living in Israel with neighbors who want to push them (Jews) into the sea. He asked his Muslim acquaintances to read Exodus 15 about what happened when Pharaoh tried to destroy the Jewish people. Listen to the curious question they asked after reading how God preserved His people.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Also heard on this week’s show

»Hatikvah (The Israeli National Anthem), Public Domain

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