No thoughtful man can deny the fact that the Jews are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world. – Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minister
We see it on the news all the time, anti-semitic propaganda claiming that Israel is responsible for the middle east conflict. That if only, the Jews would just give up their land to appease the Arabs, the problem would be solved. They proceed to show Arab children lining the streets covered in blood to fulfill their agenda. Oh, I’m not impartial to the never-ending conflict in the middle east but are the Jews really the ones to blame for? (This is another article for another time).
The Jewish people have been persecuted, murdered, and forced out of their homeland more than any other people. After the destruction of the temple in AD 70 came the diaspora of the Jews, then the anti-Semitic crusades of the Catholic church, the Spanish Inquisition, Martin Luther against the Jews, the Holocaust, and now the present resurgence of anti-Semitism (or did it ever end?). Need I say more to convince you that the Jews are people with little to no love nor support from the world? What do Christians have anything to do with any of this you may ask.
It’s shameful to admit but current Gentile Christians, instead of loving and supporting Jews more often than not, join the anti-semitic group. Here at The Scribe’s Portion, we have undertaken the mission to advocate for Jews and Israel. Supporting Jews is BIBLICAL and we are honored to love and support these people. This is why we have compiled these 7 reasons why Gentile Christians need to love and support Jews, read ahead!
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1. Jesus was a Jew
This might be a very obvious statement, but one that is overlooked too much. Not only did Jesus come as a human to save the world but he was also born a Jew. In fact, Jesus came from the royalty line of David through both Mary and Joseph.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Heli was Mary’s father although she is not mentioned here since genealogies only mentioned the male descendants.
“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David…”
Jesus also happened to be very Jewish.
His parents observed Passover (Luke 2:41) followed the law (Luke 2:39). Jesus attended the synagogue every Sabbath (Luke 4:16), wore a Tzitzit (Luke 8:44), and celebrated the Jewish holidays (John 5:1, 7:2, 2:10, Luke 22:14-15). He practiced Judaism down to the last period as evidenced in Scripture. That Jesus was a Jew, there is no doubt. That Jesus chose to come as a Jew, is a significant fact worth noting. When we love and pray for the Jews we are blessing the very people Jesus walked amongst…HIS PEOPLE. To say or think anything anti-semitic is to curse the people of Jesus. Anti-Semitism is racism and God does not look fondly at racism. Brethren, let us love the Jewish people.
2. Jews Wrote the Bible
The Old Testament was entirely written by Jews; Moses having written the Pentateuch (first five books of the OT). Except for Luke who was a Gentile and wrote the Gospel of Luke and Acts, the New Testament was written by Jews. Sadly, most Jews regard the NT as a Christian book, not knowing that it was written by their ancestors.
Scripture tells us that the Bible was inspired by God, using the hand of Jews as an instrument.
2 Timothy 3:16 :
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”
2 Peter 1:20-21 :
“…knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 2:13 :
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”
Of course, God is not limited by man, He could have chosen another group of people to reveal His Word, but He chose the Jews. So praise God, that they heard His voice and obeyed! And praised God for His Word!
Romans 3:2 :
“Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.”
Thank God for the Jews!
3. Jews’ Refusal of Jesus Extended Salvation to the Gentiles
“Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
Let me start off by saying that it was NOT a good thing that the Jews rejected Jesus or that we should be happy about it. But because the Jews refused to accept Jesus as their Meschiach and Savior, God extended His grace to the Gentiles. In His infinite wisdom, the LORD turned to the Gentiles that the Jews would be provoked to jealousy.
“But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”
I want to make clear that God extending salvation to the Gentiles was not His plan B. Or that the revelation to the Jews was plan A. But that somehow, God’s plans were ruined so He turned to His second plan. From the beginning of time, it was God’s plan that ALL of mankind would be saved.
In other words, salvation was meant for Jews and Gentiles alike since before Adam and Eve.
1 Timothy 2:4:
“…who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
“…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”
But because of the rejection of Jews, the Gentiles came to become part of the children of Abraham; the children of the promise. And with the patriarchs, being the original roots of the tree, the Gentiles were grafted into the tree.
“But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.”
“…even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved. And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people, there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
Though it was God’s original plan to save all of humanity, we can thank the Jews for playing their part in God’s masterful plan to extend His precious grace upon us Gentiles.
4. Jews Spread the Gospel
Among the Jews who did not reject Jesus and received His salvation, a strong Christian church started to grow. Their testimony was pure; they were known for their brotherly love and for their zeal to share the Gospel. Jesus commissioned his apostles to go to all the ends of the world and preach about the soon coming Kingdom. Paul was called to be a missionary to the Gentiles. And most of the NT are Paul’s letters to the Gentiles!
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”
Peter had a hard time at first accepting the Gentiles into the Christian family, but God rebuked him boldly through a vision.
“And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”
The unclean animals represented the Gentiles. In this vision, the LORD was telling Peter that the Gentiles had been made clean, “grafted into the tree” they have become part of the same family. The LORD God had adopted the Gentiles and He was commanding him to go preach to them.
According to the tradition handed down from historians including Josephus, Jesus’ 12 apostles were martyred for taking the Gospel to the gentiles.
Andrew was the first missionary to Russia and missionary to Asia Minor.
Thomas was a missionary to Syria and India.
Philip went to North Africa and Asia Minor.
Bartholomew went to India, Armenia, Ethiopia and Southern Arabia.
Matthew went to Persia and Ethiopia.
James was a missionary in Syria.
Simon the Zealot preached in Persia.
I thank God that He used the Jews to spread the Gospel throughout the world. It was the Jews who were commissioned to share the Good News and they did. Now it’s up to everybody who have come to new life to obey the great commission. Thank you, Abba Father, for giving the Jews Your Word and through them, we were able to know about You!
5. They’re God’s Chosen People
Since even before God called Abraham from the land of paganism, God had already planned to save humanity through the Jews. From all the people that walked the earth in those times, it so pleased the LORD to call upon Abraham. Abraham was Chaldean. But just as He had planned to adopt the Gentiles, God adopted Abraham and His descendants, changing their name, traditions, and language. They are the most honored but also the people with the most responsibility. For they have been entrusted with the law and the teaching of the law.
God laid a blanket of protection over His chosen people and the promise He gave Abraham, He still keeps to this day.
“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”
No wonder that a tiny nation as Israel has been successful economically, in their defense, in technology and in everything they do!
6. We Are Called to Pray for Their Peace
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.”
Jerusalem has always been in the middle of conflict. With several empires fighting for the Holy City, Jerusalem has known little about peace. The Psalmist is making a prophetic statement, the city would be the hot seat of revolts and violence. We are called to pray for the peace in Jerusalem and all of Israel. Israel is the homeland of the Jews; it is God’s promised land to them. If the Jews were to be forced out of their land, they would have nowhere to go. Join me in prayer for peace in Israel that you may be filled with peace and that the LORD may bless you.
7. Pray for Their Salvation
When the Jews rejected Jesus the roles were reversed. Gentiles make up most of the Christian church today. And as bearers of the Truth, we must now be missionaries to them. They are not a special privileged group like some might suggest, nor do we owe them anything, let’s simply love, support, pray and minister to them because they are children of God. May we never forget that salvation was first given to the Jews and they were the first missionaries.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Paul prayed for the salvation of the Jews.
“…in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.”
As Gentile Christians, we need to keep the Jews in our prayers.
Also, let us advocate for their rights and support their endeavors. It is very saddening to see many uninformed, biased and ignorant Christians be anti-semitic towards the people of Israel. Remeber that this is how the crusades started. The Jews did NOT kill Jesus. The death of our Savior was planned from the beginning, the Jews only played their part in God’s grand plan. Or would you have rather that Jesus had not died at all?
With all the hate Jews have suffered and continue to suffer, Christians should be their biggest allies and supporters. Will you join us in showing them our love and support? Start by sharing this post with your family and friends. May we come together in unity to support the Nation of Israel and its people. God will bless thee and may peace come upon thee. Shalom!
*All quotations taken from the Bible are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.
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