Please pray for:
- courage to tell not only of God’s justice but also of His judgment which makes it so necessary for us to be justified by faith in Jesus
- those of our branches that will be having Purim parties, and that unbelievers will come and enjoy and get a good taste of the gospel
- God to water the gospel seed sown in Dr. Jacobs’ heart, and for more people to find the boldness to witness as Vera did
- Salvation for Ruben in Israel, God’s continued blessing on Dima and his work “somewhere in Belarus;” also salvation for Leonid and Nadya as well as Lyubov and her husband Eduard; grace and strength for Mikhail, and that he would be a witness to the people “somewhere in Belarus”
- God’s help and grace for our upcoming Behold Your God Israel campaign
- blessings on our efforts to bring along the next generation of Jews for Jesus missionaries, and that there will be missions-minded believers to support them in the future
Find our Resources online!
Two of our articles this month mention books that have helped our missionaries and friends in their witness. You can find these books, Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician and Yeshua, the Jewish Way to Say Jesus on our website, at our online store.
Also, if you would like to know more about Purim from a Messianic perspective, check out the Judaica section of our website. We have a whole Purim page with different articles, recipes and a crazy Kosher Joe video.
Here’s an excerpt from “Tribute to the Real Hero,” one of the articles you will find there. It’s by Stephen Katz, leader of our Washington, D.C. branch:
The real message of the Book of Esther is not merely a call to stand up for our people as Mordechai and Esther did. The real message is a call to recognize that God, the invisible Hero of this story, works out His will through us as we seek to walk in His ways. Throughout the entire Bible this theme is always before us. It is God, not us, who ultimately brings about good. Yes, we cooperate with Him in Tikkun Olam, the restoration of the world, as we fight against racism, poverty, child abuse, hunger, pollution of the environment and other evils. But we must always remember what the apostle Paul stated so plainly: “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). God works in and through us to want what He wants and to act as He wants us to act in the world.
Mordechai and Esther were intelligent, courageous and humble leaders, but they could accomplish nothing apart from God. This reminds me of one of my favorite verses: Isaiah 26:12. The prophet sings a song of praise to the Lord and declares, “LORD, You will establish peace for us, for you have also done all our works in us.” We can only begin to understand the mysterious merging these lyrics so beautifully describe: that while we labor and even see accomplishments from our labors, God is the real “Doer.” It is time that we all embrace the truth of Isaiah’s song, and give God the glory for every good thing we do. He is always the real Hero.