February 16, 2020

Loving the Jewish People

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.

“Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. SWAT Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer. And he was very successful. Timothy has just had his 12th surgery, and he is going in for many more. But he made the trip to be here with us tonight. Tonight, we are also joined by Pittsburgh survivor, Judah Samet. He arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began.  But not only did Judah narrowly escape death last fall, more than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today is Judah’s 81st birthday. 

“Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train and told they were going to another camp. Suddenly, the train screeched to a very strong halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the absolute worst.  Then, his father cried out with joy, ‘It’s the Americans! It’s the Americans!’

“A second Holocaust survivor who is here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau. He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. ‘To me,’ Joshua recalls, ‘the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky. They came down from Heaven.’

“I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day in the Second World War. One of them was Herman Zeitchik. But there is more to Herman’s story. A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on Earth. When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing crafts toward the most momentous battle in the history of war. They did not know if they would survive the hour.  They did not know if they would grow old. But they knew that America had to prevail. Their cause was this nation and generations yet unborn.

“Why did they do it?  They did it for America.  They did it for us.”

“I wish I could help my Jewish brothers and sisters, my people. They are the people of Israel, God’s chosen children. They have seen the glory of God, and they have the agreements that God made between himself and his people. God gave them the law of Moses and the right way of worship and his promises.” (Romans 9:3a-4; NCV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Bless the Jewish people.
  • Bless Israel.
  • Thank the Lord that America helped to liberate Jews held in Nazi concentration camps long ago, and we would do it again.
  • Thank God that President Trump moved our Embassy to Jerusalem!
  • Declare that the U.S A. will work to end anti-Semitism worldwide, not just here on our shores.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, Your Word says that You bless the nation that blesses Israel. Well, we want to be that nation. We bless the Jewish people. We acknowledge the special place they hold in Your heart. You watch over them, because You love them. They are not perfect, but they are Your living examples of covenant and blessing that comes from relationship with You. May we forever come to their rescue, even as we did in World War II. President Trump “gets it”. He gets it so much that he decided we had to move our Embassy to Jerusalem. We needed to show the world that the U.S.A. is a friend of Israel. We will work to end anti-Semitism in this nation, as well as anywhere in the world where it raises its ugly head. We commit to this, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

America loves Israel and will stand against anti-Semitism worldwide.

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