How come the Jewish people are still around?
Have you ever wondered how it is that after more than two thousand years of exile – having been scattered to the four corners of the earth, persecution and attempted annihilation the Jewish people are still around?
We know that G-d’s will is for the Jewish people to be around and that it is according to His covenantal promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We also know that it is the fulfilment of prophecy – Isaiah 11:11-12: “It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
However, it goes further than that.
The Children of Israel were commanded to consecrate all the firstborn, to observe the anniversary of the Exodus, and also to tell the story of their redemption to their children.
They were also commanded to wear ‘tefillin’ (phylacteries) on their arms and heads as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G-d.
I believe that one of the reasons G-d gave the ‘mitzvot’ (commandments) above – along with many of the other 611 ‘mitzvot’ – especially regarding the ‘Shabbat’ and the feasts and festivals to the Jewish people is to continually remind them that they are G-d’s chosen people and that almighty G-d will never forsake them - 1 Kings 6:13: “And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”
I believe that, as Jewish people have fulfilled the various ‘mitzvot’, including those above, it has kept them together as a people through the ages to such an extent, that no amount of scattering, persecution or attempted annihilation would cause the Jewish people to disappear.
I also believe that this is a masterstroke of Almighty G-d and part of His covenantal plan for the Jewish people.
And still today, Jewish people – whether they are religious or secular, faithfully recall the story of the Exodus…year after year after year…it’s called ‘Pesach’.
And still today, Jewish people – whether they are religious or secular, faithfully celebrate the various Jewish feasts and festivals – even if it is just for the sake of tradition.
No wonder G-d instructed the children of Israel: “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’S law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.” (Exodus 13:8-10)
Almighty G-d’s strategy is always unique, always brilliant and always perfect.
There is one more thing that has kept the Jewish people around to this day;
The Jewish people have to be around when the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, returns, because He will only return to an undivided Jerusalem under Jewish control in the Jewish homeland, Israel, populated by Jewish people.
Without the Jewish people, Yeshua won’t return. And that is why the Jewish people are still around.