That the Jewish people have carefully adhered to God’s requirements to communicate the message of Passover to successive generations authenticates the historic event that marked the founding of the nation of Israel.
As Jesus and the disciples proceeded to Jerusalem, followers began attaching themselves to the company. By the time they reached Bethany at the crest of the Mount of Olives, an eager throng surrounded them.
Even as He journeyed toward Jerusalem, a contingency of sympathetic religious leaders intercepted Jesus’ company warning: “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” Jesus calmly assured them that Herod had no ability to affect His plans. He would continue toward Jerusalem undeterred.
“The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”
Don’t be a pew warmer. Be informed. Be alert. Use every opportunity to counter misinformation about Israel that will pervade our culture unless we remain vigilant.
In a reincarnation of the spirit of Amalek, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime instigated the most aggressive program to annihilate the Jewish people in the history of mankind.
You can choose to ignore the animus focused on the Jewish community and delude yourself into thinking you have no responsibility. Or, you can choose to follow Esther’s example and stand in solidarity with and as an advocate for God’s Chosen People.
Much to the disgrace of humanity, history is replete with attempts to exterminate the Jewish people. Even though it would be instructive, those intent on harming the Jewish fail to take into account a consequential principle demonstrated in the Old Testament book of Esther.
While God set the stage for a dramatic intervention, the players who had been strategically positioned to meet a clear and present danger still had a choice as to whether they would fulfill their destiny.
Each person’s conduct toward Israel and the Jewish people has both broad and personal implications. It’s a simple choice. Intentionally choosing to benefit Israel in a practical way invites the corresponding blessing God promised.
Israel belongs to the Jewish people; and, God’s plan does not include abandoning the land of Israel for any other chunk of dirt no matter how attractive—including the Baja Peninsula.
The living breathing organic church—not the organizational infrastructure or physical edifice— but rather, people of authentic biblical faith are the crucial component in restoring society’smoral compass.
God’s holiness so deeply impacted Isaiah he thought his life was over. In all likelihood, he recalled the words of God to Moses saying, “no man shall see Me and live” (Ex.33:20). Whether a vision or a view into the heavenly realm, we know Isaiah was never the same.
Mothers in every generation—including my own—have asked provocative questions like, “If your friends jump off a cliff, does that mean you have to?” And, that’s exactly the point.
Unfortunately, your moral compass can easily be skewed making you vulnerable to spiritual desensitization, deception and cauterization. Whether aggressive and highly visible or subtle and understated, aberrant influences can skew your ability to make proper judgments.