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IN TOUCH

No.161

APRIL - MAY 2010

“I will build you up again...”

In this issue:

Jeremiah 31:4 (NIV)

Ruach...The Spirit And Israel: Page 3

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The Legacy Of Hope: Pages 4-5

The End Of The Exodus?: Pages 6-7

Hebrew Word Study: Page 8


Halleluyah! T In Touch is the newsletter of

Christian Friends of Israel UK CFI-UK seeks to bless Israel by means of practical and moral support, and to serve the Church in teaching about God’s purposes for Israel and the Hebraic roots of our faith. CFI also produces a monthly News Report, a monthly Prayer Letter and a Middle East Update tape/CD/MP3. Please send for full details of the practical projects and also of the many teaching resources available. As an educational charity, we carry a variety of resources relevant to our purpose. We do not necessarily endorse every view expressed by our guest writers or authors of these resources.

ogether we celebrate Passover and Easter – the deliverance of Israel and the redemption of the world through Israel’s Messiah. This is good news for Israel and for our nation. So it’s time to celebrate what God is doing by His Spirit in Israel today, rather than defining Israel by the activities of its enemies: hence our article on the facing page. Israel was purposed by God from the beginning as His servant and a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:2 and Isaiah 41:8). As Christians we stand with God’s purposes and celebrate what He is doing.

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ven as we celebrate God’s purposes we face increasing opposition. Who would have imagined that cries of “Slaughter the Jews” would resound in Oxford’s debating chambers or that Jewish neighbourhoods in Paris would again be daubed with signs saying: “Death to the Jews”? Israel has done nothing to harm Iran, but the President of Iran is again threatening destruction to the Jews. Russia completed delivery of 82 tonnes of reactor fuel in January 2008 and the start-up of Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr, expected this March, will generate 250 kgs of weapons-useable plutonium a year. Some question why Israel or the UK as nuclear powers should complain. The answer is that Israel’s Arab neighbours have been willing to live for forty years believing Israel has nuclear facilities. They trusted Israel, but they do not trust Iran. Instead, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries now fear they need nuclear weapons, too. This brings alarmingly close the possibility of nuclear weapons in the hands of non-state actors like Hizbullah. If that brings Ezekiel 38–39 closer to fulfilment, should we cheer on Armageddon since it heralds the Lord’s return? The Lord’s desire is that all people should be saved. There is work to be done before He draws history to its end.

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ogether we have a task to complete. Just as Cyrus, the gentile, invited the people of his day to rise up and build Jerusalem with their freewill offerings (Ezra 1:2-4), so in our day there is a call to the work of the Kingdom. Since the restoration of the State in 1948, there has never been such opposition to Israel in British universities and in the media. Nor has there been such opportunity as the present for Christians in Britain to stand alongside our Jewish brothers! CFI-UK is on the move. Since we circulated the DVD on Israel with the February/March edition of In Touch, our Isrelate “Facebook” group of young adults has doubled. Youth groups are being challenged to think about Israel from a Biblical perspective. In the churches, through the work of David and Julia Soakell, we have more Area Representatives than ever before – but we still need more. With your help, your offerings and your prayers, we will rise up and build!

Geoffrey Smith, CFI-UK Director

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people filled with the Spirit of God! A people full of His creative energy reaching out to bless the nations! This is the project God began in the time of Abraham and continues in the generation that came out of the Holocaust. This is the purpose for which God is bringing His children home. “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the Land of Israel …and I will put My Spirit within you, and I will place you in your own land.” (Ezekiel 37: 12-14) Think of Haiti where 220 Israelis were among the first to arrive after the earthquake. They brought a fully-equipped field hospital with X-ray facilities and staff to provide intensive care as well as maternity services. Doctors from other countries came to work alongside them because they saw the best that care could offer. Think of “Save a Child’s Heart” and see how doctors and nurses at home in Israel’s hospitals operate the latest open-heart surgical procedures. They give Arab children the chance to live...children brought from Gaza and war-torn Iraq to receive the best possible treatment given free by Israeli specialists before returning to their own countries. Meet Yoel Margalith – Israel’s Mr. Mosquito. Born in Yugoslavia, he was the only child from his town to survive the Holocaust. In 1948 he emigrated to Israel and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At a time when scientists were seeking desperately an alternative to DDT for mosquito eradication, Yoel discovered a previously unknown bacillus among mosquito larvae in a small pond in the Negev desert. Yoel Margalith’s discovery was applied in 11 countries of Africa, and the Volta basin, in the Yangtze River in China, in Madeira and America to save lives and prevent river-blindness. Who could have believed that on the life of one 11 yearold boy in the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen depended the survival of millions of people on every continent of the world! Come with me to Agahozo-Shalom Youth village in Rwanda. (Its name means “a place where tears are dried”). Meet orphan children – survivors of the Rwanda genocide – whose lives in Africa have been transformed in this village, modelled on the Yemin-Orde youth village in Israel, built for young survivors of the Holocaust. In your home, how many of the medicines on which you depend are manufactured by TEVA pharmaceuticals? From a small import business in Jerusalem in 1901, delivering drugs by camel and donkey, it has grown into the largest generic drug company in the world, providing medicines at low cost to the NHS and to the nations. If you, your children or your grandchildren regularly use a computer, much of the design for both its operating software and the actual “chips” that run the hardware is based in major research facilities in Israel. The same is true for a high percentage of the technology that makes mobile telephone communication possible. Israel is also the only country in the world with more trees at the end of the twentieth century than at the beginning. Its use of drip irrigation techniques invented by Simcha Blass and Kibbutz Hatzerim, Beersheva has transformed agriculture in arid environments. As Christians we think of the work of the Spirit raising up new congregations to worship the Lord. Truly His Spirit is there, both among Jews and Arabs, but we need to expand our thinking to recognise the work of the Spirit in creative energy among His people. Israel is a Land filled with His creative energy, the vibrant diversity of a people from many lands, and a love for life that reaches out to bless the nations. Just as He promised to Abraham: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you will be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

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Legacy of Hope: Holocaust We asked two of our Area Representatives – David Soakell and Roy Thurley – and a member of the Eastbourne office staff – Christophe Lennard – to contribute short reports on Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in their area.

BILLINGHAM, Cleveland

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olocaust Memorial Day 2010 was 27th January, commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz – this year marked the 65th Anniversary. Our Act of Commemoration in the North East was held at New Life Church, Billingham, organised by Julia Soakell, and took the form of a more youth-orientated Service. The theme for this year – set by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust – was the “Legacy of Hope.” We felt it was important in using this theme that we honoured the lives and achievements of those murdered and those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust in a way that showed their legacy is still alive today. Youngsters read about the historical facts but also the difference one life can make to many. We had an excellent dramatised reading of poems by David Soakell about the legacy of Anne Frank (see picture of Ruth as Anne, right) as well as multimedia presentations around the theme of repentance. The final act of remembrance was the stone-laying (a traditional Jewish custom) in front of six large flickering candles: remembering the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. This was a truly moving experience for many. Angelica Messenger told us later how it had brought a point of closure for her: “It gave an opportunity to mourn a granddad I never knew.” Angelica went on to say, “When we arrived...we were given a pebble. I had heard of the custom and was surprised and pleased to be able to take part in such a significant way. By the end of the service I felt as though I had worn it down with my thoughts of regret at never having met my grandfather, with the horror and the sorrow at the manner of this death, (along with other members of the family in Auschwitz); the thought that, should every person who died be remembered with a small pebble, what a huge pile they would make. The time came to move to the front of the room to lay my pebble with the others, to lay my burden for my grandfather down. I was laying down a pebble for a specific person, not just a cause or heartfelt sorrow at the plight of the Jews, for a faceless mass sorrow, or for millions murdered through mindless hatred. This was personal, familial and touched me deeply, healing a need to mourn.” We also spoke about the “Forsake Them Not Project” for Holocaust Survivors at the CFI Jerusalem office, and a collection of over £500 was taken to send for the work going on still in these special lives. And as a fitting ending we sang Hatikvah – the Hope. It is so important that we take the time each year and for every generation to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. It may be a service or the planting of a tree...but we can choose to use the lessons of the past to build safer, stronger communities in the UK today. The voices of the Holocaust have translated difficult experiences to create a future that is free from the dangers of exclusion and persecution: passing on a message of resilience and hope to the next generation. Julia Soakell, CFI North East

HASTINGS, East Sussex

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round 250 Jewish and Christian residents came together in Hastings at St Mary-in-the-Castle to remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in World War 2. Led by the town’s Mayor, the service was organised by the Hastings and District Jewish Society and the local Council of Christians and Jews, with support from CFI-UK. GCSE students from a nearby school performed a dance and also recited a song specially written for the occasion by their teacher. Opera South East sang during the proceedings, including the Mourner’s Kaddish for those who died in the worst act of human history. The theme was ‘The Legacy of Hope’ and featured the story of Irena Sendler who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, which was read by myself and Stella Harris, a member of the Jewish community. Christophe Lennard, CFI-UK

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Memorial Day 2010 LLANDUDNO, North Wales

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or the past two years I have organised a small commemorative event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, and this has been much appreciated by the local Jewish community. After last year, I decided that the event should be put on a more official footing, so contacted the local Mayor to solicit her support. Not only did she fully support the idea, but also joined the small committee we set up to plan the event. This was composed of members of the local Jewish and Christian communities. The Town Council also offered us a grant to cover the cost of the evening. So, on the evening of 27th January, this year’s civic commemoration took place at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Llandudno, with over 140 people in attendance. This included four local Mayors (pictured left), including our own, and the Chairman of the County Borough Council, as well as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the forthcoming election. Three local high schools were also represented by staff and pupils, some of whom lit memorial candles in memory of the six million-plus Jews who died in the Holocaust. We heard a number of readings from various literary works associated with the Holocaust, listened to musical contributions, and were addressed by Rabbi Brian Fox from Menorah Synagogue, Cheadle, who had asked us for permission to attend and speak. We also watched “The Legacy of Hope” DVD produced by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Later, as the haunting chant of El Male Rachamim faded away, we stood for a minute in silent remembrance of those who perished, before concluding with Kaddish, Hatikvah and the Welsh National Anthem. The committee has now met again to review this year’s commemoration, and has discussed some possibilities for next year. These will include taking stories of the Holocaust into the local schools, who have already indicated their willingness to include visits in their programme. We have been amazed at the level of acceptance we have received from all we have contacted, both in schools and in the Town Council. Here is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to make their mark in the local area and bring comfort to the local Jewish community. If there isn’t a local Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration near you, then why not get together with a few like-minded people and set one up? You will be amazed at what God could do through that! Roy Thurley, CFI North Wales

LANDMARK NEW PUBLICATION In this first-of-its-kind history, Anthony Julius – lawyer and literary critic – presents the long and troubling story of anti-Semitism in England, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. He identifies four distinct versions of English anti-Semitism, which he then investigates in great detail: (i) Medieval antiSemitism – a radical prejudice of defamation, expropriation and murder; (ii) literary anti-Semitism – from the anonymous medieval ballad ‘Sir Hugh, or the Jew’s Daughter’ through Shakespeare to Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot and beyond; (iii) modern anti-Semitism – the insult and partial exclusion experienced by Jews from their ‘readmission’ to England in the mid-17th century through to the late 20th century; and (iv) contemporary anti-Semitism, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, and which treats Zionism and the State of Israel as illegitimate Jewish enterprises. The latter constitutes, in Julius’ opinion, the greatest threat to Anglo-Jewish security and morale. These are England’s gifts to Jew-hatred. The anti-Semitism of no other country has this density of history. The anti-Semitism of no other country is so continuously innovative, and on many occasions in the history of anti-Semitism, England arrives first. Hardback – 811 pages: £25.00 (incl. UK p&p)

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rom God’s point of view, what was the end of the Exodus? Was Passover’s redemption complete within itself or did it point to a purpose beyond itself ? How we answer this question bears significantly on how we see the place of Israel in God’s covenant story. The word end is used here in the Greek sense of telos, aim or goal: What was the goal or purpose of the Exodus? Here are five answers to this important question, each of which is worth pondering. 1] Redemption. “Let my people go!” (Exodus 8:1) the Lord God of Israel demanded of Pharaoh. Keeping His covenant promise to their forefathers, God rescued Jacob’s children from Egyptian enslavement and set them free from bondage to an evil taskmaster. Freedom was the first objective of the Exodus and is the divinely ordained destiny of God’s people. 2] Relationship. “You have seen … how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself ” (Exodus 19:4). The Israelites were set free in order to draw near. Too often we think about the God of Israel only as a “Lawgiver”. We forget that first and last the Lord is a Lover. He is passionate for the people engraved upon His hands and betrothed to Him in loving-kindness. The second objective of the Exodus was to bring the children of Israel near to their Beloved in the fullness of covenant relationship and intimacy of knowledge. 3] Revelation. From Egypt God led the Jewish nation to Sinai, where He called for the congregation of Israel to assemble at the Mountain (Exodus 19:10ff ). Accompanied by the awesome sounds of the great shofar, the Almighty descended in a cloud of glory to speak the Ten Words (Commandments) to His newly redeemed people. Passover and Pentecost are inseparably linked in Jewish tradition and are connected by counting the fifty days between them. Shavu’ot, when the Spiritinspired Torah was first given to Israel, is considered the atzeret or completion of Pesach. God redeemed His people in order to reveal to them His life-affirming will and wisdom. This was the third objective of the Exodus. 4] Responsibility. “Let my people go, that they may serve (worship) me” (Exodus 8:1). Redemption led to revelation which entails responsibility. Israel was set free so they could be set apart as a holy nation to serve the Lord as a kingdom of priests. At Sinai Israel received her redeemer as King. Like a bride she willingly entered into the obligations of a monogamous covenant relationship with the true and living God by affirming: “Na’asei v’nishma” – “We will do and we will obey all that the Lord has commanded!” (Exodus 24:7). The embittered slaves to Pharaoh were set free to become beloved servants of the Most High God. This was the fourth objective of the Exodus. 5] Residence. “Have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell in their midst” (Exodus 25:8). The redeemed children of Israel were commissioned to be righteous builders, constructing a suitable habitation on earth for the King of Heaven. Their enterprise began with the mishkan (tabernacle) in the wilderness, housing the glory of the Lord throughout Israel’s pilgrimage. But the intent of the mishkan was consummated in the construction of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem – the only event in the

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Bible linked by elapsed years to the Exodus from Egypt (1 Kings 6:1). The ultimate end of Israel’s Passover redemption therefore was to prepare a place for the God of Israel to take up residence and to reign in the midst of His covenant people, to the blessing of all the nations. This spring we will rejoice once again in an anniversary of Israel’s rebirth as a nation-state in 1948. In view of the objectives of the Exodus, however, we would do well to remember that political Zionism – the establishing of a secure and successful nation on Israel’s ancestral land – should not be an end unto itself. The remarkable redemptive events of 1948 were one giant step toward the ultimate restoration of authentic spiritual Zionism – in which Zion once again becomes the place where the King of the universe dwells in the midst of a holy people. This is the end of the Exodus for which all creation awaits and toward which we all must build. © 2010 Dwight A. Pryor and The Centre for Judaic–Christian Studies. All rights reserved

NEW FROM DWIGHT PRYOR THE REDEMPTION DIMENSION ~ 4-CD Set In this unique new series, join Dwight and students from around the world at a Haverim School of Discipleship. Together they explore various themes, principles and problems relating to Passover as an historical event for Israel, and as the Last Supper for Yeshua/Jesus, as well as a spiritual paradigm for a Biblical worldview and Kingdom living. Titles for the four sessions are: (i) Passover Love Story, (ii) Passover Reconsidered, (iii) Passover Timeline, and (iv) Passover Principles. Available on audio CD only: £17.50 (incl. UK p&p)

COMING SOON

REASSESSING THE DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN ~ 3-CD Set A challenging and thought-provoking series of 3 messages (originally released as monthly Haverim recordings in February to April 2010) on this foundational teaching within the Christian Church. More details in the next In Touch.

For further study... Misconceptions About Jesus And Passover In this inspiring and informative 4-message series, Dr. Dwight Pryor looks at many of the misunderstandings connected with the most important and dramatic 24 hours in human history: from the Passover Seder meal to the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. What was the actual sequence of events? Who were the key players? Who killed Jesus and why? These and other important issues are dealt with in this informative study set. Price: CD Set £17.50 / Cassette Set £14.50

Redemption, Revelation and Celebration New Light on the Festivals of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles In this 3-part message series, Dr. Dwight Pryor teaches on the deeper meaning for Christians of the three great pilgrim feasts of Israel. The journey of Redemption: Passover (Pesach); walking in the light of Torah: Pentecost (Shavu’ot); and sojourning with a Succah consciousness: Tabernacles (Succot). Price: CD Set £13.50 / Cassette Set £11.50

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rk;z" zakhar Along with many others in this computer age, I use a program which helps me organise my communications (emails and contact details), my diary and my tasks. Reminders can be set to alert me about imminent events or deadlines. The problem is that one click is all it takes to dismiss or postpone the reminder! As such, the issue merely flashes up on the screen for a few seconds and then is gone. This kind of ‘remembering’ is trivial. When the Hebrew Bible speaks of ‘remembering’, especially where God is concerned, it is conveying a deeper concept. Biblical ‘remembering’ has focus and purpose. It is when a thought fills the mind (e.g. meditation), often being expressed verbally (e.g. recitation) and resulting in accompanying action (e.g. fulfilment of a promise). The verb most commonly translated as ‘remember’ is rk;z" zakhar, with a range of meanings depending on the context, including ‘to think (about), consider, be mindful (of ), meditate (upon), pay attention (to); remember, recall, recollect; mention, declare, recite, proclaim, invoke, accuse, confess; commemorate’. Those who are familiar with Hebrew word studies will know that this spectrum of meaning is quite common, as is the inclusion of mental, verbal and/or physical elements under one ‘umbrella’ verbal root. Hebrew doesn’t make the same distinctions as English. The Hebrew mindset has a very wholesome approach to life, where thoughts, feelings, words and actions are interwoven. The lesson for us is to avoid compartmentalising our lives, and to be consistent in what we think, feel, say and do. In this sense zakhar is like [m;v' shama, ‘to hear, listen, obey’. Both involve the touching of the heart/mind for a specific purpose. From God’s perspective, to remember or hear without meaningful consequence is pointless. In Scripture, we are urged/commanded a number of times: rkoz> Zekhor “Remember!” “Consider!” “Meditate upon!” These reminders are given as wisdom, in order to help us avoid the mistakes of the past, to keep us humble and thankful, and to encourage us to walk in God’s ways. • “Zekhor your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come...” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). • “Zekhor the days of old; consider the generations long past” (Deuteronomy 32:7). • “My people, zekhor... your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of Yahweh” (Micah 6:5). • “Zekhor this and never forget how you provoked Yahweh your God to anger...” (Deuteromony 9:7). • “Zekhor these things, Ya‘aqov, for you are My servant, Yisra’el. I have made you, you are My servant; Yisra’el, I will not forget you” (Isaiah 44:21).

As already mentioned, Biblical ‘remembering’ often includes a verbal aspect, such as recitation, declaration, or proclamation. Sadly, this is sometimes minimalised or neglected in contemporary worship. But there is a meaningful place for both formal ‘remembrance’ (such as the reading aloud of Scripture), and spontaneous ‘remembrance’ (such as recounting personal testimony to God’s goodness and faithfulness). The spoken word is powerful: • “For it is with your heart/mind that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:10) • “They overcame him [the Accuser] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) Another major and important usage of zakhar in Scripture is ‘reminding’ God—asking Him to 'remember'. Actually, in these instances, the English verb ‘to remember’ is an inappropriate choice, since Yahweh forgets nothing; what is actually meant is ‘to be mindful’. These are appeals being made to God for justice, mercy or grace, or asking Him to fulfil His promises. The Hebrew term for one who ‘reminds’ or ‘makes mention’ is ryKiz>m; mazkir (plural, ~yrIyKiz>m; mazkirim). In Modern Hebrew this is also the word for ‘secretary’. In Biblical Hebrew it is the designation for those whom God has posted as watchmen on the walls of Yerushalayim: “They will never be silent day or night. You mazkirim of Yahweh [‘who make mention of the Lord’ (KJV); ‘who remind the Lord’ (NAS, NRS); ‘who call on ADONAI/ the Lord’ (CJB, NIV); ‘the LORD’s remembrancers’ ( JPS); ‘[who] keep Yahweh’s attention’ (NJB)], give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Yerushalayim and makes her the praise of the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7) This intercessory role of persistent ‘reminding’ is highly strategic. It was a role played at key points by key players in the Biblical narrative, including the likes of Moshe (Exodus 32:1113), Shlomo (II Chronicles 6:42), Nechemyah (Nehemiah 6:14, 13:14,22), and Yirmeyahu ( Jeremiah 14:20-22). As with any form of prayer, God knows all and remembers all before we even ask. But the persevering process of asking, seeking, knocking, appealing, making mention before the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) is a vital demonstration of the trust we have for God in our hearts. And He responds to the persistent prayer of faith. John C.P. Smith

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Gimel G, the 3rd of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, originally had both a ‘hard’/plosive (G) and a ‘soft’/fricative (g) version, corresponding to a hard ‘g’ and a soft ‘gh’, but in Modern Hebrew only the former occurs. It is one of seven letters receiving a special decorative crown (tagin) in handwritten copies of the Torah. Authentic Hebrew doesn’t have a ‘j’—Anglicised Biblical names beginning with ‘J’ are invariably transliterated from the letter y yod which represents a ‘y’ sound—so when the ‘j’ sound is required for a foreign ‘loanword’, such as the word ‘jazz’, the letter gimel is used followed by a geresh (a kind of apostrophe): z´G:.

“Zekhor ('remember', be mindful of), Yahweh, Your great mercy and love, for they are from of old” (Psalm 25:6)

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CFI Resources

Please note: All prices quoted in “In Touch” are inclusive of UK p&p only. Carriage rates for European and all other overseas destinations are itemised when ordering from the CFI-UK website.

Israel God’s Servant

What is the place of the nation of Israel within God’s ongoing purpose to redeem all creation? How should we understand the theological relationship between Israel, humanity, Christ and the Church? What are the reasons for anti-Semitism? How can we make sense of the political turmoil that has centred round the State of Israel since its foundation in 1948? In this book David W. Torrance and George Taylor aim to present informed, Reformed and Christ-centred answers to these questions. The book seeks to acknowledge Israel’s faults whilst at the same time affirming her essential place in God’s eternal covenant of grace. Paperback: 224 pages ~ £12.00

Restore Magazine: God’s Festivals Issue

Her brand new Gospel album: the first in 12 years. Fifteen scriptural and uplifting tracks of worship, praise and exhortation from the artist known worldwide for the hit single ‘Walking back to Happiness.’ Music CD: 15 tracks ~ £10.50

PowerPoint®: 100 Proofs For The Bible

An easy-to-use Microsoft WindowsTM (Version 98 and above) and Apple MacintoshTM (OS 8.5 and above) compatible CD-ROM with over 500 slides. Examine 100 key archaeological finds that support the veracity of the Bible, shed light on the culture and customs, and help us understand the people of the Old and New Testaments. Includes printable worksheets and slides that can be used as handouts. This ready-to-use PowerPoint includes all of the text and graphics. You control the timing, order, and speed. Great for teaching groups using a digital projector. CD-ROM ~ £27.50

Hebrew/English Transliterated Bible

This new issue from Dr. John Garr and the Restoration Foundation focuses on the Biblically Hebraic festivals that God gave to His people for remembrance of the great events of salvation history, and for rehearsals of events in the Age to Come. Magazine: 36 pages ~ £6.00

The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude And Freedom

rights of non-Muslims.

Helen Shapiro: What Wondrous Love Is This

Australian Anglican minister, Dr. Mark Durie, has written his latest book out of a real pastoral concern and with three main purposes: (i) to explain the nature of the dhimma pact, (ii) to enable nonMuslims to withstand the dhimma and find freedom from it, and (iii) to help people understand the nature and impact of Islamic politics in the world, both today and in the past, and especially its impact upon the human Paperback: 270 pages ~ £18.00

Chuck King: The Feast Of Tabernacles Passionate worship is mixed with the history and culture of Israel that reflect the heart of His remnant towards the Messiah, Yeshua! Recorded live in Jerusalem during the Feast, this brings the believer back to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Music CD: 12 tracks ~ £10.50

An easy-to-use Microsoft WindowsTM (Version 98 and above) and Apple MacintoshTM (OS 8.5 and above) compatible CD-ROM plus audio CD. Read the Bible in Hebrew even if you cannot read the Hebrew alphabet. 4,000 pages in Hebrew, transliterated Hebrew in the Roman alphabet and English. Includes MP3 CD with the entire Bible narrated in Hebrew arranged by books, over 65 hours of recording. CD-ROM + MP3 Audio CD ~ £34.50

JUST PUBLISHED! Son Of Hamas

Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status... and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. In “Son of Hamas,” Mosab Yousef – now called “Joseph” – reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organisation and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonising separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East. Hardback: 256 pages ~ £22.00.

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Praying For Israel And The Arab Many of you reading this edition of In Touch will be very familiar with Penny Valentine’s excellent “Praying For The Peace Of Jerusalem” – a series of forty short studies that act as a guide to informed prayer for the people of Israel. For several months we have been eagerly anticipating the publication of her next title in this series: “Praying For Israel And The Arab Nations”. On this page and the next, we let Penny introduce you to her new title, and include, with her permission, a sample study from this new book entitled: ‘The Western Wall.’

INTRODUCTION

A wise ministry leader in the Middle East once said that every Christian called to live and serve in Israel should spend time first in an Arab nation, and likewise, the other way around! In the emotive, polarised climate of the Arab-Israeli conflict it is essential that we stand apart from accepted cultural attitudes on both sides and learn to love both peoples as those who are dear to God’s heart. My husband and I happened to be living in Cairo when God called us to Jerusalem to serve with Christian Friends of Israel, a ministry that expresses unconditional love to the Jewish people in the name of Jesus. We had already learned to love the Arabs, when the Lord overwhelmed us with His heart for His ancient covenant people. Our fifteen years’ service with CFI – in Africa and the UK as well as Israel – taught us so much about God’s covenant love, His prophetic purposes for Israel and about the Hebraic background to our Bible and to Jesus’ teaching. We made many Jewish and Arab friends as we worshipped in a mixed congregation, lived at different times in Jewish and Arab areas, and worked with Messianic and Arab fellowships in various places around the country. What a privilege! After we finally left Israel to settle back in Britain, I wrote my first study and prayer guide, Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, to help people pray according to the Lord’s prophetic purposes as revealed in His Word. It proved helpful to many, in small group contexts as well as for individual devotions. This companion volume now widens the scope to include prayer for Israel’s Arab neighbours, also mentioned in the Bible and sharing a prophetic destiny in God’s Kingdom. To avoid repetition, I have used different Bible passages in almost every case, and introduced many new issues for prayer. This has meant omitting a number of foundational teachings and important prayer topics found in the first book, and so I strongly encourage readers to use both volumes together in their ongoing prayers. I have defined the Arab nations quite broadly to include Iran and Turkey who though Muslim, are not ethnically Arab and do not speak Arabic, but whose lands are mentioned in Scripture in connection with the people of Israel. Similarly the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt all speak Arabic and have a broadly Arab culture, although their populations, with sizeable Christian and other minorities, are neither entirely Islamic or entirely Arab in an ethnic sense. Nevertheless as nations they share a common pan-Arab and Muslim identity today. Throughout, I have used the word ‘believers’ to indicate those with a living faith in Jesus the Messiah, whether they are from a Jewish, Muslim, traditional Arab Christian or expatriate background. In general, Jewish believers are known as ‘Messianic’, rather than ‘Christian’ – it means the same thing, without the negative connotations that the word ‘Christian’ carries in the Jewish culture. All Hebrew or Arabic words, other than anglicised forms of them, are shown in italics. Unless otherwise indicated, all Bible quotations are from the English Standard Version. It is my fervent prayer that this book will help many Christian friends of Israel to receive God’s heart of love for the Arab peoples, alongside their love and commitment to the Jews. Likewise may those whom God has called to minister to the Arab world, learn to pray with God’s heart for the people of Israel. These are back in their homeland and amongst their Arab brethren by God’s power and promise in fulfilment of His Word, and are a key to the salvation of the Muslim world. After all, Jews and Arabs of the Middle East, as the prophet Isaiah says (19:24), are called together to be ‘a blessing in the midst of the earth’. For that reason, this book begins with a study on reconciliation, though the rest are in biblical order.

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Nations THE WESTERN WALL ‘And listen to the pleas of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen from heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive’ (2 Chronicles 6:21). Passage for study and prayer: 2 Chronicles 6:12-42 Can we really build God a house? Of course not, said King Solomon, when he prayed and dedicated the great Temple in Jerusalem – He fills the whole universe and beyond, so how could a mere human building, no matter how huge or grand, contain Him (v18)? No, but He had promised to put His name on this house, setting it apart as the focus of worship and relationship with Him (v20). Now Solomon is praying on the basis of God’s Word (v17) for the future ministry of the Temple down through the ages. He knows that the LORD is a faithful, covenant-keeping God who will be merciful to those who whole-heartedly love Him (v14). So he prays that this place would always be the epicentre for the prayers of God’s people, especially when they needed to repent for their sins, and he beseeches the LORD to hear, forgive and act in response. Whatever the problem – sin against neighbours, defeat by enemies, drought, famine, pestilence or plague – may repentance and prayer bring restored relationship and blessing (vv22-28). Whether it is a single person or the entire nation, present at the Temple or even looking to it from afar, all have the same access if they come with a repentant heart (vv29, 30). Even foreigners can approach God here in repentance and faith and find out who He truly is (vv32, 33). Is it surprising then that to a Jew, a part of this ancient Temple site is still the holiest place on earth? Or, that a different religion tries to claim this site as exclusively its own? Today, a small section of the retaining wall of the Second Temple platform is all that survived the Roman destruction in 70 AD – but it is still the place where Jews feel they are closest to God and where He has committed to answer their prayers. Throughout the long centuries of the Diaspora, after Christian and Muslim conquerors had built their temples on the Mount above, Jews came to this Western Wall to weep and pray and plead with God to forgive and restore His people. Their access was often restricted, but never forbidden, until the Arabs captured and destroyed the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in 1949. Then, for 19 years, all Jews were banned from any kind of access. June 6 1967, when Israeli troops regained the Western Wall and restored the link with 3000 years of spiritual history, was a deeply emotional day for the entire Jewish world. This is

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why Israel considers East Jerusalem non-negotiable. There is pressure to return to pre-1967 borders in any future peace settlement, but that would mean the unthinkable – handing back the Western Wall. Praise the LORD that the Western Wall is once more the epicentre of Jewish worship and prayer, and ask Him to reveal Himself powerfully to all who sincerely seek Him there. ‘Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place’ (v40). Muslim efforts to deny historic Jewish claims to the Temple site have intensified dramatically in the face of ever-increasing archaeological evidence. Pray that these lies, which actually deny the true God and the Bible, will be exposed, and that the world will fully recognise Israel’s unique connection with Jerusalem, ‘the place where you have promised to set your name’ (v20). Pray for God’s prophetic purposes for this place to be fulfilled as He overrules in all human decisions, conflicts and circumstances to perform His Will, for His glory. ‘You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day’ (v15). Praying For Israel And The Arab Nations Paperback: 96 pages ~ £7.50

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