Certain events in history act almost like milestones, points of remembrance. Some of these historical events can have positive influences on society, and unfortunately, some can have some very negative lasing impacts on history. Last Thursday, April 19 marked Holocaust Memorial day in Israel. At ten o’clock in the morning, war sirens sounded calling the entire Land to remembrance of the 6,000,000 Jews who died and many more who suffered under the Nazi regime during WWII. People in their homes and workplaces rose in silence; cars came to a halt, even on the highways; pedestrians stopped where they are and paused… for one minute as the sirens wailed, they remembered.
You may know that these atrocities and many more through the centuries were done in the name of Christianity. Hitler himself said he was a Christian, and he murdered millions. Systematic torture, abuse and murder have taken a toll on the Jewish people. The few remaining survivors of the Holocaust carry the scars of history’s most recent attempt to annihilate them. The “DNA” of hatred and persecution has passed to children and grandchildren, such that the nation of Israel, partly restored to the Land, partly yet in dispersion, is deeply traumatized and constantly recovering.
Yet the Lord’s love and His faithfulness to Israel remains sure, as Paul said, “for the sake of the Fathers”; and their suffering also, in some way, points to the suffering Messiah of Isaiah 53.
“He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;”
We need to be praying for the Jewish people. We need to be pouring out much love upon them as we await the complete restoration which God has foreordained.
As the Scriptures say…
“You worship what you do not know;
we worship what we know,
for salvation is from the Jews.“
They were set aside because of unbelief, bringing God’s grace to the Gentiles. As Paul wrote in Romans 11:15… “If their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”.
Don’t ever forget…