THE JEWS

This should be our attitude (that of Paul) wrought by the Spirit of God (I suspect few of us could say the same!)

 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Romans 9:1-8

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A zeal, but not according to knowledge.

Romans 1:16 The gospel is the power of God unto salvation TO THE JEW FIRST and also to the Greek

Paul said ” My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved” Romans 10:1

Where do they live? Total world population 13.7 million.  Diaspora nearly 8 million. 50% speak English and 35% Hebrew.

Rank Country Population % of Jewry
1
5,901,100
42.9%
2
5,425,000
39.5%
3
480,000
3.5%
4
375,000
2.7%
5
291,000
2.1%
6
194,000
1.4%
7
181,800
1.3%
8
119,000
0.9%

 

 

 

 

Cities

 

City Population Jews
Tel Aviv 2.5m
New York 1.9m
Haifa 655,000
Los Angeles 621,000
Jerusalem 570,000
Paris 300,000
Philadelphia 276,000
Chicago 261,000
Boston 227,000
San Francisco 210.000
London 195,000

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My father’s family were Polish Jews from Wroclaw most of whom died in the holocaust-he escaped to the UK in 1938.

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There are many parachurch organisations dedicated to Jewish Outreach eg Christian Witness to Israel, Churches Mission to the Jews, Jews for Jesus, Messianic Testimony, Hebrew Christian Alliance etc  They believe that because of the Jews priviledges and Romans 1:16 that they must be a priority in mission work and this is true but where they often are in error is in thinking that God has a national covenant with all Jews rather than just His elect among them and that there will be a national repentance before Christ returns.

 

Romans 3:1-2: “What advantage then hath the Jew? … Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”

 

Paul’s prayer was that the Jews might be saved. Romans 10:1. They are a privileged people but their zeal (the orthodox among them) is not according to knowledge. There remains a veil over their eyes.As a Reformed believer I believe that God has covenanted to save a remnant of the Jews. There will never be a national turning of these people-they are as lost and needy as all the Gentile peoples but have the priviledge of the oracles of God (OT Scriptures) and most of the NT was written by Jews and the central figure of all revelation Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach) was as a man a Jew .However they can only be saved in the same way ie by hearing the Gospel of the Messiah preached and coming to true faith in Him. God’s covenant of grace centres on Christ and all the elect in Him-Jew and Gentile. They are not all Israel who are of Israel. The NT teaching is that a true Jew is one inwardly, that is one who has a circumcised heart and not a physical circumcision only.

PRAY FOR THE SALVATION OF THE REMNANT AMONG THE JEWS and for their being added to true churches. We are ONE BODY.

 

Jew, Israeli, Sabra of Israel
Sabra Jews are those born in the land of Israel. The word is derived from the Hebrew word tzabar, the name of the “prickly pear” cactus. The allusion is to a tenacious, thorny desert plant with a thick hide that conceals a sweet, softer interior. It is a very special name full of meaning to Israelis.Ministry Obstacles
Jewish identity is threatened when a Jew acknowledges Jesus as personal Messiah. Pray that Jews will see their identity enhanced when they follow Jesus, not diminished.Outreach Ideas
The Gospel is available if the hearts of Israeli Jews are prepared to hear and receive. Pray for prepared hearts.Pray for the followers of Christ
The Lord is increasingly calling His own people the Jews to Himself. Pray for His followers among these Israeli Jews, that they will be faithful witnesses to their family and friends. Pray they will live lives that fully honor Jesus.Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Jews, that the veil over their eyes will increasingly be lifted, allowing them to truly see Jesus.Scripture Focus
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:18-19
People Name: Jew, Israeli, Sabra
Country: Israel
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,537,000
World Population: 2,113,000
Language: Hebrew
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.2

 

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