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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.

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There are two things very obvious in our world today – and that is increasing anti-semitism and incredible persecution of Christians.

Islam represents the most anti-Jewish/anti-Christian spirit on the earth today. They have a saying that is being carried out on a daily basis in many parts of the world – “First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people.”

The fact that anti-semitism is greatly increasing suggests that Israel is very much alive in the purposes of God. As long as Israel survives on the face of the earth Satan is on the back foot. But if only he could destroy Israel then God’s reputation would be destroyed.

Jewish history right from the beginning is replete with stories of Jewish survival against incredible odds – and this extends right down to the present time. Consider the 20th century, which saw a dramatic rise in hostility, starting with the Holocaust which saw half of world Jewry wiped out by the Nazi war machine.

Then there was the war of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the war of attrition in 1956, two Intifadas plus the almost daily barrage of rockets from Gaza and the many attacks in Jerusalem.

Their survival – although remarkable – is nothing to do with the Jews themselves… it is simply down to the faithfulness of God and the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That, and that alone, is the reason Israel survives to this day.

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

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