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  • The Heart and Soul nebulae are seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE | Photo: Wikimedia Commons by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
Teachings

Reflection Jeremiah 32:37-41 (2 of 3)

Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer - 30 January 2024

“I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be My people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and soul…”

“Zionism is the yearning induced by the Most High in the hearts and souls of Jews worldwide with only one goal in mind: going home, to Israel, to Zion”

In August 1997 the Jewish World Congress in Basel, Switzerland, celebrated that the first Jewish Zionist Congress under the leadership of Theodor Herzl, took place there one hundred years ago. Zionism was the Jewish movement that took off with only one goal in mind: going home, going to Israel, going to Zion. Zionism is the yearning induced by the Most High in the hearts and souls of Jews worldwide. It is not a political movement. It is the longing of their hearts for Zion, for Jerusalem, for Israel, for the Promised Land.

And Jews started to come. From the pogroms in tsarist Russia at the end of the nineteenth century. From the countries of Central Europe. From Poland and the Balkans. Herzl predicted in 1897 that it would last fifty years at most before a Jewish state of Israel would exist. It took exactly fifty years. 1947 was the year in which the United Nations General Assembly decided that the Jews were allowed to have their own homeland, and in 1948 the independent Jewish State of Israel was declared.

“Who is bringing the Jews home?”

Who is bringing the Jews home? It is the Lord Himself. The time has come that the Lord has mercy on His people and will fulfil all of His promises to Israel. He is involved with all His heart and with all His soul.

There is – as far as I know – only one chapter in the Bible that speaks of the heart and soul of God. There are many verses that speak of the heart and soul of people. But only one chapter tells us what is momentarily living in the heart and soul of the Most High. Jeremiah 32:37-41 says: “…I will gather them from all the lands…I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety…I will give them singleness of heart and action…I will make an everlasting covenant with them…I will for good plant them in this land with all MY heart and with all MY soul…”.

If His heart and His soul are momentarily fully involved with bringing His people home to His land, shouldn’t our hearts and souls be involved in the same way?

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