Interview with Rabbi Tuly in Mevo Modi'im
August 18, 2019
The extreme heat and dry conditions in Israel give way to the rapid spread of fire. Incendiary kites and balloons are purposely floated over target areas and then exploded. They target cities and villages as well as farmland and crops. It’s a constant threat to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Restoration for attacks like these include, not only rebuilding communities, but also replanting the land. Isaiah 61 prophesies that “Strangers” and “Aliens,” or foreigners, will come alongside Zion (God’s people, the Jewish) to restore the land and hope to the people.
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed m;
He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble,
To bind up the wounded of heart,
To proclaim release to the captives,
Liberation to the imprisoned;
To proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor
And a day of vindication by our God;
To comfort all who mourn—
To provide for the mourners in Zion—
To give them a turban instead of ashes,
The festive ointment instead of mourning,
A garment of splendor instead of a drooping spirit.
They shall be called terebinths (trees) of victory,
Planted by the Lord for His glory.
And they shall build the ancient ruins,
Raise up the desolations of many ages.
Strangers shall stand and pasture your flocks,
Aliens (foreigners) shall be your plowmen and vine-trimmers;
1. We can help fulfill this prophecy. We can rebuild homes for the hundreds of people who have been left homeless. We can replant “Trees of Victory” for the splendor of the Lord.
2. Amos 9:15 promises the Jewish “I will plant them on their own soil, no more to be uprooted from their land (Israel), which I gave them.”
3. Rabbi Tuly says, “For the first time we (Israel) are not in the ashes by ourselves.” He sees our work as a fulfillment of the prophecy that as strangers and foreigners, we are coming to their aid to restore not just one community, but generations of suffering for the Jewish.
4. Genesis 12:3 teaches us if we bless Israel, God will bless us: “I will bless those who bless you.” America is blessed today so long as we stand with the nation of Israel. Our goal is to help meet the needs of these people who have been burned out of their homes as a part of our commitment to stand with Israel.
5. The promise is beauty for ashes. Everything these families had has been lost; consumed by fire and literally left in ashes—but God promises He can bring joy for mourning, splendor for sadness. This 71st year of Israel is a year of the Lord’s favor and you and I can help fulfill God’s Word by being the “strangers” and “aliens” who step in to do the work of restoring God’s land and His chosen people.
6. Rebuild. Replant. Restore. God says in Isaiah 40:1, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” This scripture is a call from the Lord for such a time as this. We can comfort His people in this dire time of need by partnering TOGETHER to rebuild, replant, and restore beginning in this community of Mevo Modi’im in Israel.
7. It’s time for Christian believers to stand with those in Israel like never before.
Enemy attacks in Israel is not just a threat; they're reality every day. The needs are immense. Moshav Mevo Modi’im is just one community that has been ravaged. Homes are lost, livelihoods destroyed, and hope is at bay.
We’re committed to whatever it takes to rebuild, replant and restore the Jewish community of Moshav Mevo Modi’im. From demolition and cleanup to new houses, schools, and clinics, I believe God is calling us to Isaiah 40:1, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” What the fire left in ashes, God can rebuild into beauty. Where the enemy uprooted their lives, God can replant trees of righteousness. For the generations of Jewish suffering, God is calling us—strangers—to restore what has been devastated. Will you be a part of this miracle? Will you partner with us as we stand with Israel, and our friends in Moshav Mevo Modi’im, to fulfill Isaiah 61 giving God’s people beauty for ashes, raising up their desolation, and repairing their wasted city?