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Is Israel Indestructible?

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“you cannot stand against him, you will surely come to ruin!”


One of the most amazing statements ever made about the Jewish people was made by the wife of one of their greatest enemies.

Esther 6:13 records the words of Zeresh, the wife of Haman: “If Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him, you will surely come to ruin!”

Haman descended from the Amalekites and had a pathological hatred of the Jews. Yet the words of Zeresh were so perceptive and sum up the incredible history of the Jewish people, who have survived millennia of hatred and hostility along with countless attempts to destroy them.

Psalm 129:1-2 sums it up perfectly: “They have greatly persecuted me from my youth, let Israel say – they have greatly persecuted me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.”

Zeresh admitted that the Jews were virtually indestructible, not because of anything to do with them, but because of God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Genesis 17:1-8)

The very same could be said of the Church of Jesus Christ, of which Jesus himself said: “I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

Although Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail, he never once said that they would not try. And try they have over most of the centuries since the Church was born.

This article was taken from the January 2020 issue of Direction Magazine.

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