Our daughter, Debbie (pictured above), and her husband, Rick, are currently touring Scandinavia. Debbie emailed these photos—depicting the coast in Denmark from which many Jews were smuggled in fishing boats, to Sweden in the early 1940s.
Wikipedia documents this historic, heroic rescue of Danish Jews: “Denmark’s Jewish population had long been almost completely integrated into Danish society, and some members of the small Jewish community had risen to prominence. Consequently, most Danes perceived the Nazis’ action against Denmark’s Jews as an affront to all Danes, and rallied to the protection of their country’s citizens. The deportation of Jews in Denmark came one year after the deportation of Jews from Norway. That created an outrage in all of Scandinavia, alerted the Danish Jews, and pushed the Swedish government to declare that it would receive all Jews who managed to escape the Nazis.”
If your heart stirs with compassion, just from viewing the photos which recall the catastrophic years of WWII, I conclude that you may have a “Jewish Heart”. I have always had a Jewish Heart—beginning when I was a very young child through events, orchestrated by God, which endeared me to Jewish individuals and the Jewish race: God’s chosen people. Those memorable Jewish Heart events happened in the 1940s—decades before that bitter cold Wisconsin January day, when I accepted and embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, crucified in atonement for our sin and risen to give us His victorious life and His literal and inerrant Holy Bible have filled my life to abundance ever since that day, in a variety of life circumstances. Scriptures tell me that I am “risen with Christ”, and I believe that with all my heart.
Meanwhile, the more time I spend pouring over Scriptures—Old Testament and New—the more ardent and pulsating grows my Jewish Heart! Early in Genesis, God made a promise (never to be broken or rescinded) to Abraham concerning the countless generations to come from Abraham’s seed: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (I sincerely believe that many Danes and Swedes will be blessed in retrospect!)
Sadly, some Christians have decided that God’s promise of blessing for Jews was somehow transferred to the New Testament Church. With due consideration that each individual has a right to his or her opinion, it seems obvious to me that the “Transferred Blessing” people (subscribing to Replacement Theology) have not approached Scripture with the understanding that God’s Word is literal and God means what He says.
Although symbolic language (to enable visualization of a concept) is frequent in Scripture, those principles and undeniable givens of prophecy and the fulfillment thereof do not change. All of Scripture points to the End Times restoration of Israel and the Jewish people—along with blessings to those of us who have come to faith in our Messiah during the Church Age. As a brand new Christian in 1971 I wept tears of amazement and joy during a Wednesday night Bible Study—when our pastor, Stuart Briscoe, fervently preached the truths of Romans 11:
“For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits: that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, ‘There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob’ “. Romans 11:25-26
That is one of countless Scriptures attesting to the future of Israel and the Jews. Here is another of many:
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” Isaiah 62:1-2
In recent years, these Scriptures have fed and nourished me. The past history of the Jews breaks my heart; but a view of Israel’s future causes me to weep tears of joy—especially in these days of violent threats and sabre rattling in the Middle East, from godless and destructive countries which vow to wipe Israel off the map! Every newscast I watch must be followed by a good dose of God’s prophecies and promises. In God I trust!
Margaret L. Been — September 13, 2015
NOTES: Further encouragement for the Jewish Heart is found in the FRIENDS OF ISRAEL publication: Israel My Glory. I devour nearly every word of that magazine.
It puzzles me that anyone who knows anything can possibly deny the unique quality of the Jewish people as evidenced in their survival as a race, and the incredible existence of their tiny but productive and valiantly democratic country—in the midst of godless, ravening wolves of prey!
As a testimony to the indomitable Jewish spirit, I recommend a DVD which I love: FOLLOW ME, THE JONI NETANYAHU STORY.
This DVD documents not only the 1976 miraculous recovery of Jewish hostages at the Entebbe Airport by an IDF special unit, but moreover the life of that unit’s leader—a hero dedicated to freedom for his nation: Joni Netanyahu, the older brother of current Israeli prime minister and statesman Benjamin Netanyahu.