Holocaust Remembrance Day2
Hello Church, Grace and Peace to you in the Name that is above all names: Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
When I say Grace to you, I mean Grace as God’s gift of Jesus Christ. Peace is translated from the Jewish word, Shalom, which is used for greetings in the Jewish culture.
Today, April 21, is HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY which in Hebrew is called Yom Hashoah. Yom means day and Shoah means whirlwind (ha is the article the). Thus, for the Jewish community, it is “the day of the whirlwind” remembrance … Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Contrast this Remembrance Day with the Jewish greeting of Shalom or peace. There are many reasons why we might not enjoy peace in today’s world. Wars, viruses, political tensions, and the economy are just a few of the reasons why we may find peace so elusive. Also, we all have personal challenges of health, family, jobs, and personal finances. In addition, we see our culture moving further and further away from the values and norms that please God, which is very heart-breaking.
You may ask yourself, “How God could allow the Holocaust to happen to His chosen people?” Perhaps this question is impossible to answer. However, we trust that the one and only True God, who created and called the Jewish people, is loving and just. The Holocaust may challenge one’s faith, but at least we recognize that Jesus, the Jewish Messiah and by extension the world’s Messiah, understands unjust suffering better than we will ever know! Jesus loved and trusted His heavenly Father, as should we trust our Heavenly Father in these times.
The good news is that the peace in our soul does not depend upon our circumstances; it has its roots in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts.
Thus, I am grateful for His Shalom today, and I hope you are, as well.
Edited from an article by Dr. Mitch Glaser of Chosen People Ministries
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Joe Lasser Apr 21, 2020 @ 3:49 pm
Somebody once asked, “So, if the Jewish people are the chosen ones, why did God choose them over any other nationality?” For that matter, assuming the Jews are chosen by God, why did he allow over six million of them to be annihilated in the Holocaust?
There are some questions this side of eternity that go unanswered, or we simply don’t fully understand the answer with our limited minds. Considering the infinite wisdom of the Creator of the universe, we just have to concede that He knows the reason, and accept it on faith.
When I heard the One Call earlier today from our pastor, concerning Holocaust Remembrance Day, I felt compelled to express my appreciation to him for that heartfelt message to everyone in our congregation.
Since I’ve been a member of Dover Baptist church for the past 3-1/2 years, I’ve noticed Pastor Kube’s strong, unwavering position for Israel, as well as for all pre-born human lives. For this reason, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to him for disseminating this information on our One Call this morning.
Also, his sermon this past Sunday gave me the reassurance that our Savior Jesus Christ remains in control in light of what the world is going through at this time. It was a very uplifting message for all of us to hold onto.
To God be the glory forever and ever!
Reply from Pastor Kube
Praise God Dover Joe!
Heather Marshall Apr 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
Amen and Shalom!
Reply from Pastor Kube:
thanks for commenting, btw, when are you going to blog on the website?