A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in Light of Purim
Purim is a day of remembrance and rejoicing.
This month the Jewish people will celebrate the Feast of Purim, the story of God’s deliverance from wicked Haman as told in the Book of Esther. Purim is a day of remembrance and rejoicing. Thanks to God’s intervention — through Mordechai and his cousin/adopted daughter, Esther — evil Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jewish people was exposed. In the end, he was the one who was destroyed.
As we celebrate this victory, I’m reminded that the future of God’s chosen nation is already decided.
Both Old and New Testament Scriptures reveal the crucial role that Jewish people have played, and will continue to play, in God’s plans. Only recently, UNESCO ratified a shocking resolution to deny Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, that city’s holiest site. The Temple Mount is known as the holiest site in Jerusalem, in large part because of the two Jewish temples that
stood there for almost nine centuries.
A subtler, perhaps even subconscious blow came from some voices in the German LutheranChurch, when in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, it published a resolution that promotes a spiritual form of anti-Semitism: denying the church’s right, much less responsibility, to share Jesus with the very people through whom and to whom He first came. However, even in the face of this growing anti-Semitism such as that demonstrated by the UNESCO vote, we know that God’s unstoppable plan is for the salvation for Israel to bless the whole world (Romans 11:12). I believe all Christians need to grasp the importance of what’s happening, respect God’s favor on the Jewish people and take action. It is my duty to call on all brothers and sisters in Christ to stand with the Jewish people for their very right to exist and to hear the life-saving gospel, remembering that:
– Salvation for Gentiles is through a “grafting” into the “holy root” of Israel (Romans 11:17).
– God wants to use Gentile salvation to call Israel back to Him (Romans 11:11).
– It’s not too late for Jewish people to come back to the Lord (Romans 11:23).
While the developments I described are not unexpected in light of Scripture, it’s still shocking to watch them unfold. What a tragedy it would be if, in the name of political correctness — and, yes, maybe even fear — we see Christians keep silent when Jewish people are threatened. What a shame it would be to see more and more Christians avoid sharing the Jewish Messiah with His very own people.
All Christians should heed the words of Mordechai to Esther: “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place . . . Yet who knows
whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
God is working His plan right now.
That means there is even greater urgency to be a part of that plan by carrying His Word to Jewish people who are willing to consider that Jesus just may be their Messiah.
Will you stand with us now to pray for the protection and salvation of the Jewish people? There is incredible openness to the gospel among Jewish people worldwide, especially among Israelis, in
Israel and in cities like Berlin and Budapest. Will you help Jews for Jesus share the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) during these increasingly difficult times and encourage others to also do so?