By Sarah Liberman / SarahLiberman.com
Because I live in Israel, people from other countries often ask me if Messianic Jews
suffer persecution in the land of our Savior. I answer that we are mostly free to worship
and express our views, but we definitely experience opposition. The limitations and
difficulties run behind the scenes, and they detrimentally affect daily life.
Recently however, the opposition became blatantly visible. While I was recording a new live-worship album in Jerusalem, an attack arose, the likes of which I have never seen.
We were filming the new Messianic songs concert, featuring the top voices and songwriters from Israel. The purpose of the event is to worship the King of kings—Yeshua HaMashiach.
Outside the hall, violence erupted, directed at the men, women and, sadly, children who were coming to attend. The protestors blocked all the entrances to the auditorium and blew loudly shrieking whistles (whose effect was compounded by their echo in the hallways). They physically attacked and assaulted the concertgoers, spitting, cursing, and spraying them with pepper spray.
As a performer, I had to be escorted by police special forces through clouds of tear
gas, all while being attacked, just to get to the green room. In the violent scuffle,
my in-ear monitors (technical equipment needed for the concert) broke. The resistance was severe and traumatizing for the families trying to get through, as well as for the young singers and musicians on stage.
We faced a mass of angry zealots whom even the police special
forces were not able to contain. Thousands of years ago, the Israelites faced an insurmountable challenge: three enemy armies coming against them.
God said to His people: “Do not be afraid or discouraged… For the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15). God gave them this strategy: worship. As they worshiped, God brought forth the victory.
In much the same way, instead of allowing intimidation to prosper in our
hearts, we chose to pray and bless those outside that night. Then with great
power and newfound authority, we worshiped and declared the Glory of the
risen King. I and my courageous worship companions in the Land are called to stand the
ground here, in Jerusalem, and with humility face those who with great zeal
oppose the Gospel of Yeshua.
Let me put it this way: You haven’t truly worshiped until you’ve worshiped
in the face of fierce opposition (screaming, yelling, threatening, and physical
attack fueled by hatred). However, our war is not against flesh and blood.
When we choose to bless our opposers, no fear, intimidation, or weapon can
hold us back. We won’t stop singing. Worship Wins the War! (Click to Source)
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