November 23: Christian Anti-Semitism: Jew Against Jew

Jew against Jew

Yeshua said that He had come for “the lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).  His first followers were Jewish people.  Soon those Jews who did not believe in Yeshua came against those who did.  So the first split was Jew against Jew.  Saul who would become Paul was the most extreme. 

Acts 8:3

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. (NKJV)

Acts 9:1-2

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. (NKJV)

 

Renounce the hatred of unbelieving Jews against followers of Yeshua

Father, God of Israel, we renounce and break the hatred and lies of the unbelieving Jews against the Jewish followers of Yeshua.  We especially renounce the lie that followers of Yeshua are no longer Jews.

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Replace with God’s truth:

Let us pray
For the Jewish people,
The first to hear the word of God,
That they may continue to grow in the love of his name
And in faithfulness to his covenant.

Almighty and eternal God,
Long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity.
Listen to your Church as we pray
That the people you first made your own
May arrive at the fullness of redemption.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.*

*[From an ancient Lutheran prayer book]

 

Saul (later the Apostle Paul) stood by watching the stoning of Stephen.

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