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One day Israel will be the head, not the tail

Rev. Willem J.J. Glashouwer - 27 January 2022

The Holocaust stands alone among the massacres of mankind throughout the centuries. Six million Jews slaughtered – not for what they had done, but for who they were: Jews.

27 January is the annual “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”. It is the date on which Russian soldiers liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945. The sad culmination of centuries of persecution of the Jews in Europe.

Today, the Jewish State of Israel is in the dock. On 27 May 2021, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the most outrageous resolution ever on Israel. The world sheds tears at the Holocaust Memorial Day, and then turns around and gives today’s Israel and the Jewish people a slap in the face – or worse.

A Jew once cries out to the Lord: “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:2-5.)

And the Lord says: “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” (Isaiah 41)

“Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity … The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them … “ (Deuteronomy 28)

The Elijah who was to come says, “The axe is already at the root of the trees…” (Matthew 3). “For our God is a consuming fire,” says the Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 12:29).

One day, from Jerusalem, peace will spread over the whole world. (Isaiah 2)

Then Israel, God’s people, will no longer be the tail, but the head.

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