One New Man From Two‏

The scripture says that it is the gentile church that will provoke the Hebrew decedents of Jesus (Yeshua) to jealously and cause them to cry out for their Messiah (Rom 11:11). We have reason to hope that we are entering a period of time when this will occur. There are a number of reasons we can take heart and rejoice. The first is that it means salvation for the Jews by believing in Jesus Christ. But also we can be excited as this was prophesied on the Day of Pentecost as a precursor to the Lord Jesus being sent from heaven (Acts 3:19, 20).

This week marks an important time in Jewish history. It marks 70 years since the Kristallnacht (also Krystall Nacht) which is German for “Night of (the broken) Glass”. On November 9th and 10, 1938, the Nazi’s issued an order for the German people to attack Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues. Ninety-nine Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. Two hundred and sixty-seven synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. It also served as a pretext and a means for the confiscation of firearms and other property from German Jews and put in motion the unimaginable horrors against Jews throughout Europe.

I have visited the home in Berlin where the “Final Solution” against the Jews was decided upon. It is a very nice home, confiscated from a wealthy Jewish family. I found it ironic that above the table where the men sat deciding the fate of millions of human beings is a painting of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt.

We are presently marking the end of seventy years since Kristallnacht. It was at the end of seventy years that the Jews were allowed to return home from Babylon. It is my hope that we are entering into a new time of relationship with our Jewish brethren for the Glory of God. “But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor 1:24).

We have marked the passing of this time by joining with both the Messianic Jews in our area and those that I will call Pre-Messianic Jews. We have joined with the one in assisting them in acquiring a Ner Tamid (Eternal light / lamp) and Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark) which they need for their worship service. We have given an offering toward the Synagogue fund of the Pre-Messianic congregation and have accepted their request to be liaison between the Christian and Jewish community for a first time holocaust remembrance.

The response from the leadership of both groups has been very encouraging and I’m sure the Lord will do more through this to create in Himself one new man from two, and make peace, and reconcile both to God in one body through the cross.

Eph 2:14-18, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”

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