Holocaust Memorial Day

יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel. Actually in Hebrew it is known as Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day.

It is a solemn day, when we recall the unspeakably awful crimes against the Jewish people in the Second World War, we remember the approximately Six Million who were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators, and we also commemorate the many acts of Jewish heroism and resistance during the same period.

I’m often asked what it is about anti-Semitism that it always seems to be there, it never goes away. Indeed, just today I read an article the Guardian newspaper (UK) that shouts out loud “Traditional Anti-Semitism is Back!” As if it ever went away.

Why does this happen? The sociologists will offer many reasons, but to me it’s obvious. Many years ago God chose a man called Abraham and said to him:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

                                    Genesis 12: 2-3

And so God used this man and his descendants to reveal himself to the world, and to bless the world, for all generations. The Jewish people continue to serve in this way today. And rebellious humanity attacks the Jews because they reveal God’s character, his salvation, his love, his judgement, his eternal purpose, his justice and his mercy to the world. Most specifically, he reveals himself to us in the person of Jesus, Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah. And so when people attack the Jews, they are attacking the God that chose the Jews to reveal himself to the world.

I am grateful that CMJ has stood with the Jewish people for nearly 200 years in the Land of Israel, supporting them, standing with them in their pain and persecution, and educating the Gentile Church of the Jewish roots of our faith, and teaching about Jesus’s own Jewish identity. In doing this we are playing our small part in beating back this terrible stain on the world’s conscience.

Stand with the Jewish people today and say NO to anti-Semitism. And help us to stand with them.

Discuss

For many years I fought a battle as to why God would allow His people to suffer,daily I am coming to grips with Isaiah 55:8-9 and adding Romans *:28 with it. When the enemies of Israel speak of destroying it,I rest in Deuteronomy 28:7 and Isaiah 59:19 knowing that God will always be there for His people in His way and in His time. May the blessings of Numbers 6:24-26 be upon Israel and all the Jews.

Thank you for these comments. This is indeed a difficult issue, almost beyond human comprehension, a 'mystery' if you like. I take great comfort from the consistent message of Scripture of God's call and covering of his people Israel. Psalm 102 is particularly appropriate today as we remember the victims of the Holocaust. Psalm 94: 14 is also very encouraging: "For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance!"

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