Have you ever heard the story of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”? Against all odds, this woman prevailed and found a way not only to stay alive in the face of the impending danger of the sinking Titanic, but to help others to overcome their obstacles and live. This is the way I see the Jewish people. They have faced one hardship after another, including the horrors of the Holocaust, yet they continue to live out their mandate from God that through them, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.
The more I spend time with those who have survived the Holocaust and were a vital part in the founding of the nation of Israel, the more I learn that it isn’t me that has so much to give to them, but they who have so much to give to me. These Survivors have grieved the loss of their family members, their friends, and their homes. They have been hated, rejected, and treated as less than human. What was their “crime”? Being Jewish. Yet in all these things, they overcome.
Today, Israel is known for their inventions that have blessed the nations. They are among the first responders to international crisis. But their greatest contributions to the world are the preservation of the word of God and the Messiah.
Overcoming great tragedy is not reserved only for those who have survived the Holocaust. The whole nation is a people of overcomers. Their walls were built under persecution. Their cities were won through opposition on every side. At times, their children were birthed in secret so as to not make the enemy aware of their existence leading to their immediate death. In all these things, they continue to grow stronger, and to celebrate the gift of life that God has given them.
We as believers have a lot to learn from the Jewish people and specifically their elders. What is the message of their lives? That in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”– Romans 8:35-39
Written by CBN Israel staff member- Bethany Cohen