|Today’s Scripture: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3|
|“If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, and has always been heard of…His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it…Other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
– Bishop Pearce
I would say that the secret lies in the fact that God chose this particular people to represent Him here on earth. Scripture tells us to love and support the Jewish people. The apple of His eye, the Jews are an incredible example of how the Lord can work against all odds. For a nation so filled with massive accomplishments, its size is staggeringly small. In fact, it is more than six times smaller than Illinois. Despite its minute proportions, it serves as the only land bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa and possesses four bio-geographical zones. As far as resources go, Israel has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. It was a land that appeared to have no future and no resources. But amazingly, the whole earth has been blessed by them through salvation, medicine, technology, and in so many other ways. Although our country may not be supporting them as we should, as believers, we need to be praying for Israel and supporting them however we can.
The Jews serve as a reminder to us that no matter how small we are, when the Lord is on our side, we can make a difference so big that the most intelligent men in the world cannot fathom it. Whatever you are facing today, know that the same Lord that provided for the Jews is there to uphold you, too. With Him as your King, you can face any battle with confidence. As He has done for others, He will do for you.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.