Recently, I submitted an article titled: “The Greater Shoah to Come.” I wrote it in obedience to the famous “Watchman on the Wall” passage in Ezekiel, 33:1-7…
“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.’”
This is a biblical mandate for all believers to carry out, even though in our day and time, it may sound harsh or unfeeling. I received quite a few e-mail responses to my previous article; most all of them positive, but one which came in from a precious Jewish believer who was horrified that I had blamed the Jewish people themselves for their own sufferings. Much can be said about the biblical basis for what I wrote, but it is also biblical that we are called upon to “speak the truth in love” and that “it is the wisdom of the wise to make knowledge acceptable.”
This has caused me to think that perhaps I should add a gentler alternative for readers who want to witness to Jewish people, but may want a softer approach by which to initiate a relationship that can grow over time.
I have attempted to offer a way to do this below. I suggest that it can be printed off separately (it should fit onto one page) and sent inside of a “Thank You” card to Jewish friends or co-workers on the occasion of their birthdays or Jewish holidays.
June 7 marks the 49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem which occurred during the “6-Day War” (http://www.sixdaywar.org/content/ReunificationJerusalem.asp).
That would also be a good time to send this article. May the Lord use both the strong word of truth and the gentle word of love to accomplish His purposes…the reclamation of His beloved remnant from among His long-lost Jewish people.
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Israel is my firstborn son…’” (Ex. 4:22)
God bless every “adopted son and daughter” who has inherited our heavenly Father’s loving heart for his “first-born son.” Please ask the Lord to prompt your heart with the names of Jewish acquaintances who might just belong to that remnant and consider prayerfully casting your net for them with this offering below.
Love to my “Forever Family” everywhere.
Asher: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Todah Rabah! … (“Many Thanks!”)
Todah Rabah! … (“Many Thanks!”)
I am eternally grateful to the Jewish Nation!
Thank you so much for all that your people have done for me!
The Judeo-Christian ethic profoundly influenced the founders of our country, resulting in the Bill of Rights and many other freedoms unique in all the world which Americans have enjoyed for 250 years!
The Jewish people have blessed the world with the greatest minds and scientific contributions of any people-group in the last 100 years…atomic energy, the polio vaccine, the Intel chip, the USB flash-drive, micro-irrigation, de-salination, the pill-cam, and so much more!
The Jewish people wrote the wonderful Old Testament, the “Torah” which guides my life and renews my courage daily!
The Jewish people took great pains to keep the scriptures accurate down through the centuries and often sacrificed their lives to keep them safe!
The Jewish people were the first people whose Holy Scriptures taught the world of the truth about one God.
The Jewish people provided the Christian world with our Savior, Yeshua (Jesus), through whom billions of gentiles have been able to enter into covenant with that One True God, Elohim.
The Jewish people gave the Christian world 11 out of the 12 original disciples and also our greatest human teacher, Rabbi Saul of Tarsus, better known as Paul!
The Jewish people wrote the 109 different prophecies about the first coming of the Messiah (such as Isaiah, chapter 53). By the fulfillment of all of these, all men can now know that Elohim is indeed the only true God, because only His holy book has ever successfully predicted the future!
“Am Yisroel Chai!” Long live the Jewish people!