Even though we’re far from January 1, this weekend marks a New Year celebration—Rosh Hashanah, the fall feast that celebrates the Jewish New Year. God established this holiday as the Feast of Trumpets for the Israelites in Leviticus. It’s a happy celebration but also one of remembrance. Nothing symbolizes this better than the shofar, which is blown on Rosh Hashanah ...
The fall season means something different for everyone. Some love the crisp air of a September morning and the golden leaves of October. Some dread the change in weather or the return to school or other responsibilities after a fun summer. But for the Jewish people, fall is a special time because of the many feasts they enjoy. This week we talk with Bruce Scott about these special holidays—Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Awe, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. You’ll not only learn what is included in each holiday but also how each feast can bring believers closer to God!
Sadly, Israel will always have enemies. Anti-Semitism and hatred of the Jewish nation live on through sinful hearts that don’t understand God’s love for His Chosen People. That’s why organizations like The Friends of Israel and StandWithUs are so important. We enjoyed getting to know Paula Joffe this week as she shared about her organization, StandWithUs, and the phenomenal work they do to support Israel and combat anti-Semitism globally. Enjoy our fruitful conversation with Paula followed by Apples of Gold, a dramatic reading from the life of Holocaust survivor Zvi Kalisher.
"I really messed up. God’s not going to forgive me this time." Can you relate to this feeling? That’s the sentiment Paul addressed in Romans 11, the chapter we’re studying this week as we wrap up our 3-part series on why Israel still matters to God. Some were questioning if Israel’s sins had caused God to reject the Jewish people altogether. The comforting answer: Absolutely not! The reason: You’ll have to tune in to find out! You’ll learn what Paul wrote about the salvation of the Jewish people and the Gentiles through the grace of the gospel.
In Romans 10, Paul taught that salvation comes through putting faith in Jesus rather than working to keep the Law. But his writing was shocking to the Jewish people, as it countered everything they’d known about gaining righteousness. Salvation is offered to all people—Jews and Gentiles alike—through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In part 2 of our series studying why Israel still matters to God, we’ll discover how God was preserving His promise through the Jewish people even when it was hard to see, followed by a story from Apples of Gold.
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