As we commemorated President’s Day in America on Monday, 11 Jewish Community Centers around the country received bomb threats. Since the beginning of the year, at least 69 incidents have been reported at 54 community centers in 27 states.
In a St Louis suburb last weekend, over 170 Jewish tombstones were toppled. Indeed, antisemitism is on the rise once again in a country founded on freedom.
Yesterday, President Trump stated, “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
This was Trump’s first public condemnation of threats leveled at the Jews, and many are angered that Trump waited so long to do so. He spoke while visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington emphasizing, “why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.”
Friends, the Bible is clear in its exhortation that we bless and comfort Israel (Genesis 12:3, Isaiah 40:1-2), stand with Israel (Isaiah 60:10-12, Isaiah 41:11-12) and pray for Israel (Psalm 122:6-9, Isaiah 62). It also makes clear the consequences of not doing so (Isaiah 49:25-26, Isaiah 51:21-23).
Ultimately, antisemitism is an attempt to destroy Israel and, more specifically, the Jewish people. Yet the world fails to realize that blessings to the entire world are conditional upon Israel’s existence!
Aren’t you glad that the Sovereign God gave charge to Abraham and his descendents to bless all the families of the earth? I certainly am. We are richly blessed with the Word of God that came from those descendents; Jesus our Savior who came from those descendents, and salvation which came through those descendents. We have certainly benefited.
If we have so benefited (by the greatest gift ever given), then the very least we can do is pray for the giver of those gifts…the Jewish people. Bless, support, stand with and pray for Israel and the Jewish people!