August 16, 2011
By Randy Neal
CUFI’s Western Regional Coordinator
“I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,” Isaiah 42:6
Over the centuries this Calling, covenant and commandment in Isaiah has been instilled deeply into Jewish faith and identity. Even Jews who don’t consider themselves “religious” or Torah observing, still live with the sense of duty of Tikun Olam, to repair the world, to leave it a better place not just for their children, but for everyone.
Through living as a light to the Gentiles, to leave the world a better place, to choose life and turn adversities into opportunities, another prophetic passage has manifested in such proportion it is virtually beyond our comprehension – ” . . . . and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” Genesis 12:3.
You may be of a notion that your faith couldn’t be stronger or your love for Israel and the Jewish people couldn’t run deeper, but you’ll find you were mistaken if you endeavor to learn, to barely scratch the surface of how God has blessed all the families of earth through the Jewish people and their tiny State.
Even a cursory glimpse of the contributions in medicine, energy, education, communication, agriculture and other fields made to mankind by this people group that makes up less than one quarter of one percent of the world’s population will leave you in awe at the faithfulness and fulfillment of God’s word, and with a new found appreciation for who He calls the apple of His eye.
From water technology in New Mexico to promising strides in preventing Crib Death, take the challenge, do some homework about how this God given ideology has inspired the Jewish people to make their deserts bloom, and to develop the technology inside the computer or smart phone you’re reading this on. Prepare to have your faith and your love of God’s word swell as you take inventory of the Jewish contributions to the quality of our lives.
- The Jewish People and Jesus: Is it Time for Reconciliation? (prweb.com)
- While On Others Thou Art Calling, Do not Pass Me By! A Meditation on the Gospel for the 20th Sunday of the Year (adw.org)
- Gathering the exiles – Eighth Sunday after Trinity 2011 (dewildox.wordpress.com)
- Lost sheep, silver spoons, and “the mother of the Gentiles” (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Christ, “Thy Seed” according to the promise of God (ptl2010.wordpress.com)