I told the story of evangelizing a Jewish man named Al here, but there were others. In the nursing home, where we did Sunday services, there were many Jewish people.
Joseph – Joseph was a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He was a survivor of the holocaust. He told us about the awful things he went through during WW2. Many times when we saw him he would smile and reach into his pocket to give us a hard candy. That was his trademark of sorts. After offering him a Bible tract, which he took, he handed us a Bible tract someone else had given him in his neighborhood. He would always smile and sometimes he would say… “keep up the good work”.
Irwin – Irwin was also a relative of a resident at the nursing home. He knew that we did Christian services, and it seemed to us that he thought that was a good thing. Even so, we didn’t seem to have an opening to share the Gospel with him, so we prayed. We prayed that Irwin would ask us questions about salvation. One day we were sitting in the lounge with Irwin, just chatting about different things, when he asked a question. “What about someone like me” he said. “Would I go to heaven if I died? My husband shared the Gospel and the exclusivity of Jesus with him. He listened. He didn’t angry, he listened. He said OK.
David – David, also a relative of a resident, read many of the tracts that my husband gave him. He told us so. He also sat through one of the Christian services at the nursing home when my husband did a teaching on the Passover. Usually during the services, anyone who didn’t want to attend would just go into the adjoining room. But one Sunday the adjoining room was occupied, so David stayed in the room. After the service he told my husband that everything that he taught about the Passover was correct. This was an encouragement. But at a later time when my husband said he would like to talk about the Messiah with him he clearly told him NO. So sad.
and there were others, in other places…
Rachel – An elderly Jewish neighbor in her 90’s. She would visit me and I would visit her. She would say to me that I should teach others what I was sharing with her. She thought it was really good, but didn’t think it applied to her. She did read the Gospel tract I gave her though, and said she liked it.
Harriet – Harriet was a woman in her late 90’s. We were looking for an apartment and Harriet was moving, so we went to see her apartment. Our realtor always came with us, but on this particular day he gave us the address and told us to go on our own.
We went to look at the apartment and as we were about to leave I felt prompted to ask Harriet if we could pray for her. That began a very long and interesting conversation. Harriet invited us to sit down so we could talk. She told us she saw a book about Jesus when she was a child and she wanted it. Her mother bought it for her, but she said others in her Jewish circle were not happy with that! She also told us that her son died at an early age, and her husband died shortly thereafter. Sad to say that from that point on she questioned the goodness of God.
I ran into Harriet again one day, and I sat down with her to talk about the Lord. I read her Christian poetry and she really enjoyed hearing it. Although she invited me to come visit at her home again, she was still adamant in her unbelief.
and there were others not mentioned in this post.
I recently posted about the new Israel Bible featured in Charisma Magazine. It does not contain the New Testament and is a denial of Jesus Christ!
“This Israel bible, directed at the Christian Zionist evangelical market…”
“May The Israel bible be a small contribution toward bringing about the final redemption of Israel and the world.”
Do not be deceived by the heresies of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism.
The Jewish people need to be evangelized as much as anyone else.
1 John 4
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spiritof antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.