Here we are in 2017! Wow. . . our ministry has survived 35 years, largely thanks to you! Thank you so much for helping us through what was a tough year, yet a year blessed with opportunity.
This month brings new opportunities for us to share our faith, not only with our Jewish friends, but with all the nations too!
Asara B’Tevet (the tenth of Tevet) is January 8 and is a minor fast day in Judaism. It commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. On 10 Tevet 3336 (425 BC), Nebuchadnezzar’s armies laid seige to Jerusalem and the siege lasted 30 months, until 9 Tammuz 3338, when the city walls were breached. Then on 9 Av 3338, the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon for 70 years. You can read about these events in 2 Kings 24-25.
During this season, some of our Jewish friends and relatives may be thinking about the destruction of the Temple. Certainly, because of actions by the U.N., we are thinking about the Western Wall of the Temple, which the United Nations recently declared as “occupied Palestinian territory.” While I lament such a designation, and remember well my visit to the Western Wall, it is a good time to remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 24 when he prophesied the destruction of the Second Temple (of which the Western Wall is all that is left), and upon which lies the Dome of the Rock.
But Jesus did more than prophesy the destruction of the Temple, but his own death and the resurrection (John 2:19) that would make us the living stones of a temple that cannot be destroyed! (1 Peter 2:4-5). No work of man can overcome the will of our God. It is comforting to us, and critical for those who have not yet received Messiah.
This month also has our ministry hosting a table at the 6th Annual International Women’s Tea in Detroit. I’ve written a new broadside for that event, which you can see below. Please pray for the ladies that they would be encouraged to share their faith among the nations!