Blessed to be a Blessing for Jews

We are blessed to be a blessing for the children of Israel. God made an agreement with Abraham and his descendents, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Israel who usually are referred to today as the Jews, that they would have the Promised Land and that God "WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU" and that "ALL THE PEOPLE ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH YOU" (Ge 12:3 IC). For those who care about our Jewish brothers and sisters and want to be a blessing to them, every year the Jews remember a sad day called Tisha B'Av in the Hebrew calendar which was a day that many calamities took place involving the children of Israel, the biggest of which was the destruction of the 1st and 2nd temples. Jews consider that "The First Temple was destroyed because the Jewish people did not keep the most basic tenets of Judaism and continued to worship idols, shed innocent blood and behave immorally". Which is an accurate understanding from the prophets as recorded in the bible (2 Ch 26:19-21; Jer 25:8-11) as to why God had the first Temple destroyed and exiled the children of Israel from the Promised Land for 70 years.

Most reasons suggested by Jews for the destruction of the Second Temple ignore the detail that more than 35 years before the destruction, Jesus prophesied (Mk 13:1-2) that the Temple would be destroyed and that Jerusalem would be destroyed (Lk 19:41-44). And Jesus prophetically stated that the people of that day and Jerusalem including the Temple will receive the accumulated punishment for all the innocent people of God and prophets who have been murdered from the beginning until the present time (Mt 23:31-38). Also, at the time of the destruction, God begin an exile of the children of Israel from the Promised Land that lasted 1,878 years. For God to be so upset with the children of Israel that the Second Temple was destroyed and to exile them for 1,878 years as compared to 70 years after the destruction of the first Temple, the obvious problem was the rejection of God's son and having Him crucified along with the accumulated punishment for those killed before Him, which the Jews are unable to admit without acknowledging Jesus.

If we want to be a blessing for our Jewish brothers and sisters, many of whom are spiritually similar to their ancestors in Jesus day, we have several advantages or blessings as followers of Jesus that can help the Jews. God told (Jn 12:49) Jesus to give us "authority" over all power of the enemy (Lk 10:19) and we can take authority in the "name" of Jesus (Mk 16:17) over the enemy for all children of Israel everywhere for protection from the enemy, in our daily prayers. Also, we are blessed to have the privilege to ask God in Jesus' "name" (Jn 16:26-27) to help all Jews to know what God wants and to do what God wants. Some are surprised that the Jews, God's "chosen people" (Isa 65:9 NI), seem to either be almost secular in their relationship with God or bound by heavy religious rules. Jesus tells us that only He knows God and those to whom He chooses to "reveal" (Mt 11:27) God. Unfortunately as the Jews do not acknowledge Jesus they are unable to know God like only Jesus, His son, can reveal Him. God has blessed us many ways through the Jews, including giving the world the first manageable Alphabet and giving the world His son Jesus (Lk 1:26-33). We are blessed to be a blessing. Be a blessing to our Jewish brothers and sisters in your daily prayers.

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