February 20th, 2019

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Israel’s Unsolved Rift

What was the source of the heated argument among the National Council on the morning of May 14th, 1948, just hours before the declaration of the state of Israel? The name of the state and the final wording of the declaration had been agreed upon, but the inclusion of a reference to God in the text was the last obstacle for the committee.

Ben-Gurion felt that in the final sentence of the declaration the phrase, ‘With trust in the Rock of Israel (צור ישראל), we set our hands in witness to this Proclamation…’ would satisfy both religious and secular Jews.

The spokesman for the religious parties, Rabbi Fishman-Maimon threatened to not sign the declaration unless the words, ‘and its Redeemer’ were to follow the ‘Rock of Israel.’ Aaron Zisling of the left wing of the Labor Party was equally determined in the opposite direction. He said, “I cannot sign a document referring in any way to a God in whom I do not believe.”

It took Ben-Gurion most of that morning to convince both sides that the ‘Rock of Israel’ could been taken as ‘God,’ or it could be interpreted in a symbolic way to refer to the ‘strength of the Jewish people.’ In the end the Rabbi Fishman-Maimon consented and ‘the Rock of Israel’ was kept without “and its Redeemer.”

This rift between religious and secular Jews has continued to this day, and probably is the greatest source of division among the Jewish people. This subject is a sore spot in Israeli politics, and it seems each Prime Minister acts like a pin-ball, bouncing from side to side trying to appease everyone, but never fully succeeding.

Deep Wound

Unfortunately, such serious divisions/rifts are nothing new among the Jewish people-just think back to the time of the split kingdom after Solomon, or the severe divisions that existed among the Jewish sects during the time of Jesus and his disciples—Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots, Essenes, etc.

After the splitting of Israel and Judah in the time of King Solomon, Israel had 19 consecutive bad kings who did not please God and they were eventually sent into exile. Judah on the other hand had 9 good kings who sought to please God and 11 bad kings, but they also were taken into captivity.

On a number of occasions, righteous Judah fought against wicked Israel – their own brothers – as a form of God’s punishment (I Kings 15:9-16). There were also times when they made alliances, but they usually didn’t end well due to corruption and compromise.

Right before Judah was taken captive by the Assyrians, God spoke through Ezekiel the prophet saying He would one day join Judah and Israel, and they would be one in His hand (Ez 37:15-28). The context of this joining includes God gathering the Jewish people into their own land, cleansing them of their sin and setting one King over them forever.  Of course, this has yet to happen.

Proactive Participation

Recently, in prayer, I’ve sensed the heart of the Father longing to unite His sons again. This also includes all of Abrahams sons of faith, Jews and Gentiles who have put their trust in Yeshua as King and Messiah. A unified people or nation is unstoppable (Gen 11:5-6). Imagine what God would do through a unified righteous people from every tribe and tongue. We live in a day where this joining together is under much attack, and the call to pray for this unity is urgent.

Let us continue praying for Israel’s division to be healed through union with their Messiah. And let’s keep agreeing and cooperating with Yeshua’s prayer in John 17 for oneness in His global body, and not stop until He gets what He has desired and asked for!

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By | 2020-04-10T09:11:27+00:00 February 20th, 2019|13 Comments


  1. Lonnie Lane February 22, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Excellent juxtaposition of issues, Cody. I sent it to my prayer partners to make it an issue for prayer. You’re adding much meaningful dialogue to the cause for Israel.

  2. Lorraine Bastien February 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Cody for this insightful, biblical article. We absolutely do need to continue to pray wisely, seeking His guidance in our prayer and we must arise and go and influence (witness to) others in our nations around the globe to join us in those prayers and then to take a visible stand with the Jewish people, wherever they are found, until we see the fulfillment of the prophecy. Again, thank you for your encouragement and teaching

  3. Margaret West February 22, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Amen! Let there be unity through our Redeemer, Messiah Yeshua.

  4. Judith Dowla February 22, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    United We Stand. Divided We Fall. And that is exactly it.

  5. Tristan February 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Fabulous. This will help to shed light on those in the dark that I would discuss the run up to the elections with.

  6. Reuven February 24, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Excellent Cody.
    One comments, Judah wasn’t taken captive by the Assyrians, rather by the Babylonians.
    Stay blessed.

  7. Miriam Maranzenboim February 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    There needs to be unity in the Body of Messiah in Israel. It’s sadly lacking.

  8. Lori Ramsey February 25, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Of course . . . “and its Redeemer” is the whole issue . . . may those of us who love and follow the Redeemer pray for unity among us and may the fullness of times come, finding us faithful and holding out His Light to those who are yet to believe. And we pray toward that Day – All of Israel will add those words to their proclamation and ALL of Israel will believe! Thank you Cody – this was very insightful.

  9. Robert Weiss February 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I really appreciate the heart for unity that is expressed herein, but respectfully, I must point out that the Scriptures do not romanticize the house of Judah vis-à-vis the house of Israel in this way. Please examine the following passages:

    “Then the LORD said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. I thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception,” declares the LORD.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭3:6-10‬ ‭NASB

    “”Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and children. You are also the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. Now your older sister is Samaria, who lives north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives south of you, is Sodom with her daughters. Yet you have not merely walked in their ways or done according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you acted more corruptly in all your conduct than they. As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it. Furthermore, Samaria did not commit half of your sins, for you have multiplied your abominations more than they. Thus you have made your sisters appear righteous by all your abominations which you have committed. Also bear your disgrace in that you have made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made your sisters appear righteous.”
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭16:44-52‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    Please avoid romanticism. It distorts the biblical record and makes us false comforters to those we romanticize. As well, in romanticizing anyone or any group (Judah vs. Israel, Israel vs. Germany) we flout the truth, betraying even on a personal level a resistance to the cardinal doctrine that “there is none righteous, not even one”.

  10. Robert Weiss February 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I know there is a doctrine out there than posits the elect nation as having this wounded psyche because of the ten lost tribes, but it really is a fiction. Please examine closely the record in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles that document the deeds of Hezekiah and Josiah. You will find Hezekiah sent messengers to the already-returned exiles carted off by the Assyrians, to invite them to the Passover he was planning in Jerusalem. Likewise, Josiah busied himself demolishing idols in the territories of some of the northern tribes.

    Though they were few in number, the northern tribes did return; they were not lost to history through intermarriage in the nations, as some suppose.

    • Judith Dowla February 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you for providing more understanding on what went on for so many centuries as it provides steps in discerning the truth for only the truth will set us free.. L’chaim!!!

  11. Blessing Boston February 27, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    ALMIGHTY GOD has already spoken concerning this. There will be NO UNITY, until the Desecrating of The Temple, then,…their eyes will be opened….. and then “they” will flee to The Mountain…in UNISON. YES, we will continue to pray for ISRAEL!!!

  12. Robert Weiss February 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    The restoration of Israel waits on this Divine condition:

    “”For the LORD will vindicate His people,
    And will have compassion on His servants,
    When He sees that their strength is gone,
    And there is none remaining, bond or free.”
    ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:36‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’

    Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.'””
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37:11-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    “Tremble, you women who are at ease;
    Be troubled, you complacent daughters;
    Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
    Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,

    For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up;
    Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
    Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken.
    Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever,
    A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
    Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
    And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
    And the fertile field is considered as a forest.

    Then justice will dwell in the wilderness
    And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
    And the work of righteousness will be peace,
    And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭32:11-18‬ ‭NASB

    There will be no peace, no safety for Israel until the Spirit is poured out, and faith is quickened in the WHOLE nation, transforming her into the RIGHTEOUS nation (Isa. 26:1-2, 32:16-17; 55:13; Jer. 33:16, Ps 24:3-6).

    A mere remnant does not satisfy the full scope of the word of God – a completely righteous nation. As long as there is only a remnant, the. record shows that the Daniels, the Jeremiahs, the Ezekiels end up going into exile with the rebellious. The rebellious portion GUARANTEES eventual judgment because their sin eventually reaches the threshold that necessitates Divine chastisement.

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