I met her as a senior in high-school. There, for all of her students to see, were the numbers crudely and painfully placed on her arm by her demon driven persecutors. She wore them proudly as if to say, “They did not break me,” even though they had broken her back. Why? For stealing something to eat because she and the others in her overcrowded barracks were being starved to death, intentionally. “The stink of death was everywhere, in our clothes, our food, and on our bodies. There was no escape, until…” Mrs. Eger was a small woman. But she had a large presence. I have never forgotten her. The memory of her stays with me, always. She is why I am One For Israel.
Mrs. Eger wasn’t alone in our community. There were a number of Holocaust survivors living in El Paso where I grew up in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Many of my classmates who attended Coronado High School were their children and grandchildren. I had a lot of close Jewish friends, spending time in their homes and sometimes at Temple Mt. Sinai Synagogue. Sadly, some of my friends also bore the lingering scars of their sabas and savtas (grandfathers, grandmothers), deep down inside. Like many in the early 70’s, I was caught up in the youthful unrest of that time. We wanted to do something to make the world a better place. Some of my Jewish friends made aliyah, moving to Israel to take a stand with their people in the sea of Arab hatred for the Jews. These people were my friends. They are why I am One For Israel.
Yeshua entered my life in December 1971. After meeting Jesus, I began reading the Bible for the first time in my life and everything changed. I knew that the Tanak (Old Testament), starting with Genesis, was a Jewish book written by Jewish authors and that it told the story of the Jewish people. What a shock it was to read the opening pages of Matthew’s Gospel. I couldn’t put it down. Racing through the other accounts of Yeshua’s life and the book of Acts, I realized that the New Testament is Jewish, too! The very survival of the Jewish people points to the existence of God and His plan for them in history. The Bible teaches that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, my God… is One For Israel. How could
I not be?
Before I met Yeshua, I was lonely, angry, and volatile. I was dead. After meeting Him, I began to experience Yeshua’s deep love for me and all of the lost and isolated of this world. This included my Jewish and Arab friends. God created a deep desire to express His love for others. I was being transformed from the inside out. This was God’s doing, not mine! It was supernatural. That means what was happening inside of me was beyond the natural order of things. It was a miracle. My friends and classmates began to see the changes that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was making in my life. And, I wanted them all, Jew and Gentile alike, to know Him, too. I still do!
We are in need of a miracle. Tragically, most who claim the name of Christ have given in to the lies of God’s enemy. Here are few quotes from Martin Luther:
“A Jew or a Jewish heart is as hard as stone and iron and cannot be moved by any means… In sum, they are the devil’s children damned to hell.” – from “Of the Ineffable Name and the Generations of Christ”
“Verily, a hopeless, wicked, venomous and devilish thing is the existence of these Jews, who for fourteen hundred years have been, and still are, our pest, torment, and misfortune. They are just devils and no more.” – Cited in Michael Brown, “Our Hands Are Stained With Blood”
“First, set fire to their synagogues or schools. Second, I advise that their houses be razed and destroyed. Instead, they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of the loss of life and limb. Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. Sixth, I advise that usury (charging interest) be prohibited to them and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax. a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread by the sweat of the brow.” – from “On the Jews and Their Lies”
The evidence is clear. There is one in the world who is not one with anyone, especially God. Maintaining and escalating a war with God has always been his strategy. All of the trouble in the world is caused by human sin, the result of Satan’s war with God. Look at the news. At the epicenter of this war are the Jewish people and Israel. Luther’s vitriol fueled Hitler’s hate. What goes around comes around. It is happening again and many who claim to be Christians are complicit.
Make no mistake. There is plenty of blame to go around. “All of us like sheep have gone astray.” “There is none righteous, no not one.” “All of our righteousness is like filthy rags.” Humanity does not have the capacity to find a solution to the problem of mankind’s sin. That means there is no human solution to the problems of the Middle East. Forget the negotiations. Place no trust in the ceasefires. The killing will go on, and on, and on… We deceive ourselves if we believe anything else. Why, because God has already told us what to expect and what the solution is.
Do you have a Bible? Go find it and begin reading it today. Just read it! Don’t start in the middle, start with Genesis and keep going. It won’t be long before what happened to me, could begin happening to you. Sweep away all of your preconceived ideas about what the Bible teaches, and you will realize that the God of all creation is One For Israel. He wants you to be One For Israel, too!