In a nutshell, the author of Emeth – ‘Standing in the gap for Israel’ is a Believer and follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Although he works in full time ministry with Christian Friends of Israel (CFI), this blog site is his own personal site and completely independent of CFI. Any views or opinions presented on this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of any other organisation including CFI.
Emeth אמת is a Hebrew word meaning ‘truth’. Today there is a lack of truth regarding the whole issue relating to Israel – and this sadly comes through anti-Israel bias especially through the BDS movement (boycott, diversion and sanctions), and other anti-Zionist groups such as the PSC etc. Yet the truth needs to be told, and the Scriptures command us to Stand in the gap for Israel.
David Soakell is constantly monitoring developments in Israel and reporting what impact that has on the world. In addition to reporting news not available through the general media, he tries to glean the most important information available from a variety of areas including his many personal sources ~ Jews, Arabs & Christians ~ living in the Land of Israel. These Reports are intended to keep people informed on the most critical current events, so that they can be informed, equipped to act, and also pray about the current events in Israel and the Middle East. In the days that the Church are living in, David believes this is a vital part of the Church – to be active, informed, and being intercessors for the nation of Israel in these end days.
However… although he has stood with the Jewish people in the Land of Israel since 1985 – one has to first understand what God’s heart is regarding this controversial subject. Many people will ask, “Why Israel?” They will ask, “What do you think about what’s happening in the Middle East with the Arab/Israeli issue?” Should we even be bothered about a tiny nation, thousands of miles away in the Middle East that appears to be nothing but a hotbed of trouble? Should we be bothered about such a controversial subject? And without doubt… it is controversial. Many Churches will run a mile when you mention the subject. Many churches find it divisive. Sadly some churches are not aware of what the Word of God says about this. However, with every area of ministry with Israel, we need balance. And David tries hard to keep the work balanced. Naturally, he supports the Jewish people, and a Jewish homeland, but he also supports an outreach ministry to Palestinian refugees, and a ministry called ‘Shevet Achim’ – opening the doors of Israeli hospitals to the Arab’s dying children where Jewish Doctors treat Arab Palestinians. He supports and works with Holocaust survivors, victims of terror attacks and a variety of other projects.
Why is this? Well, ultimately God is a God of love. When we consider that this God of love exists by His Spirit in us then we must understand that that love must infuse our lives and emanate out. That limitless love must at some stage, gradually begin to manifest through our limited love and out to others. We cannot be born again of the Spirit of God and not produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We must also come to a place of not only living by the Spirit but also keeping in step with Him.
As Christians, we need to come to a place of surrender and allow our devotion to God to be a priority in our lives in order that Godliness, Christ-likeness and the fruit of the Holy Spirit is channeled into, through, and out of our lives. This is why David often states in the reports he writes that the reports are not written to stir up hatred or ill feelings against the Arab people. If that is all he succeeds in doing, then he has failed. To deal correctly with these difficult issues, we must always examine our own heart and let compassion be our motive. The information given is solely that we might be equipped to understand today’s situations in Israel better. This is paramount. After all, without love, we are nothing more than a “clanging bell” (1 Corinthians 13).” Yet in the midst of that, we also need to stand firm on the Biblical mandate that God is the One who has, and is working through the nation of Israel. Let Truth be seen, let Truth be told, but let love be evident to all as well.