During the beginning of April 2021, there have been many thoughts going through my head regarding how Israel has played such a massive role in our past and will also, far into our future.
Having been to the Holy Land personally, the impact this nation had on me was so very profound. The Jewish people have gone through so many wars and difficult times and there is a reason and it begins with a name. A name often defines who you are and I will never forget Israel Hannah giving me a real lesson in this.
Jerusalem means, "City of Peace", but there is no place in the entire world where there has been more war and conflict, than here. Jerusalem is a city of war and this is true because of the faith that was declared over the Jewish people. This Holy City is an anchor in the entire world of faith, but the pain and horror experienced there is a burden to many of us.
Not until I was an older adult did I realize the House of Jacobi was part of my own ancestry. The lineage of the Jewish roots were buried deep in the anthology of our past and I did not even know why. This caused me to begin studying the roles of the Jewish faith, bringing us closer to the entire meaning of what it meant to be Jewish.
Realizing that my faith in Christianity was entrenched in the Jewish traditions had formulated the first part of my life, but being a Messianic Jew opened my eyes. I did not invest in knowing what it meant to be Jewish. Was there any responsibility I would carry in my own life?
Observing the feasts, connecting with a Rabbi and more has been a huge part of my own spiritual growth today. The understanding of the Jewish traditions, the purpose of this people and the holy calling on their lives, helped me understand even more the role Israel should be not only in my life, but yours.
In heaven, we will observe the feasts as Christ himself was Jewish. These traditions that were important to Him, should be important to me.
The Feast of the Passover which just took place this past week prior to Easter, which is this Sunday are all significant and worthy of understanding. I am convinced the more you study the heritage of Israel, the better. In fact, the more you understand the history of the Jewish people, you will have such an amazing reference for your future.
May this simple reminder of Israel cause you to understand the power of God in each of your lives.
Thank you for opening up your heart to these thoughts.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church. Below Kevin is seen with Lynn McAfee and Corina Pataki. Below this is Christopher Atkins from BLUE LAGOON and Dr. McAfee.