This book is about the terrible history of injustice and discrimination Israel has suffered down through the ages up until the present day. Replacement theology is also discussed. It is the idea that all the promises made to Israel in the Old Testament have been transferred to Christians-that Israel is no longer the chosen people of God. That mind-set has allowed the world to look at the Jewish people as no longer important-and has been used to rationalize atrocious behavior toward Jewish people, and the nation of Israel.
Many modern churches think they should not witness to Jews. Instead, the Jewish people will be "saved" through the Old Testament covenant they had with God. Other Christian churches blame the Jewish people for all manner of things, and believe the Jews and Israel should suffer.
Ms. Teplinsky brings up the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3:
"I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."
She points out the blessings that have come to nations that have blessed and supported the Jewish people and Israel, as well as, the hard times nations have had to endure when support has not been given. She includes examples in both past and modern times which definitely show a correlation, and should cause much contemplation.
The author relates how irresponsible news reporting has formed many people's outlook on Israel. It has not been uncommon for the media to present stories with an agenda to make Israel look bad. Ms. Teplinsky gives many examples. That one-sided news reporting has led viewers to form negative, and false outlooks concerning Israel and Jewish people.
Interestingly, the author points out that a sub-group within the Jewish people is discriminated against the very most. They are the Messianic Jews, especially the ones in Israel. Messianic Jews are mistreated on both sides. The rest of the Jewish people are against them because they believe in Jesus. The people in the world that are against Jews and Israel make no distinction between Jews and Messianic Jews, and lump them all together. So Messianic believers get the same punishment or discrimination the rest of the Jewish people do.
The author makes a very good case for why Jewish people are still God's chosen people, and why they should be respected and supported. Ultimately, she concludes that Israel's mistreatment is a spiritual matter. She believes that satan has been warring against the Jewish people and Israel since God declared them His chosen people. Ms. Teplinsky believes prayer is the answer for this spiritual warfare. The book contains prayer list suggestions. She wants us to pray for Israel, as well as, the countries around her. In that way, some peace might come to the land until the supreme peace comes to Israel, the peace that will accompany the return of Jesus Christ.
This was an interesting book, but is not light reading. It provides lots of food for thought. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to understand how modern Israel came about, as well as, their existence in today's world, and give it four stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Chosen Books and Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
Sandra Teplinsky has done extensive research to produce a lively, to-the-point, easily readable book. It is underscored with tenderness and sensitivity for people of all nations, including Palestinians. I found Why Still Care About Israel usable as a personal devotional, reflecting the love of God, as well as solidly educational. I recommend this work to anyone who appreciates the combination of deep spiritual nourishment with the excellence of intellectual, scriptural and historical integrity. I recommend it as a must read for Jews and Gentiles.
Do the things of Israel and her people interest you?
Do you desire to know more about Israel and what she has to do with you?
Do you question whether or not God still has a plan for Israel and how that plan might effect you?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then I highly recommend that you read WHY STILL CARE ABOUT ISRAEL? by Sandra Teplinsky. When it comes to Israel, Sandra knows her stuff!
Times they are a-changing, and in this newly updated version of the book, Sandra updates readers on everything from the fulfillment of Bible prophecy to the ever increasing anti-Semitism in the world and more!
This book will equip you with the knowledge of God's Word concerning Israel, using specific Bible verses to explain God's desire for and covenant with Israel, the church and Israel, prophecy and Israel, AND the future of Israel.
What I love most is that this book will open your heart to Israel without closing it to any her enemies.
Why still care about Israel?
"My hope is that as Why Still Care About Israel? brings to light compelling realities and scriptural truths, you will experience (God's) heart of love and grace- for all parties involved- as never before. I pray that when you turn the final page of this book, you will also know God as never before. Because in the end, Israel is all about Him."- WSCAI?- Sandra Teplinsky
READ THIS BOOK! Never has anyone so clearly and so succinctly laid out the reason why the Church has NOT replaced Israel. The author, Sandra Teplinsky, also does a thorough job of detailing the ridiculous claims much of the world has made against this small legitimate state. She is very clear in her message that we should be pro-Israel but NOT anti-Palestine. They need Jesus like everyone else and we should be upholding both parties in prayer. If you read one book this month, make it this one.
BTW, I got a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review. I know my review is glowing but it is 100% how I feel having read it.
This significantly revised version of the 2003 book Why Care About Israel, by the same author, is poignant, engaging, well balanced and timely. Sandra graciously names several groups of readers that might benefit from reading this volume, however in my personal opinion this is a "must read" for every Christian/Messianic Jew.
The reality is that God is moving in powerful ways in relation to His great Meta narrative, which holds at its very core the physical and spiritual significance of the people of Israel. Add to this the rise in anti-Israel theologies that are re-emerging at an alarming rate, not to mention the social injustices facing Israel as a nation and you will find ample reason to take the time to listen to this authors concise and revealing work.
With the ongoing deligitimization of Israel as a nation and the rise in new Antisemitism, every Christian should be concerned. Sandra presents a refreshingly optimistic truth, founded on the Father heart of G-d and a wealth of factual information. This book is a book of hope and future for both Israel and the Christian Church.
Don't miss your opportunity to read it.
***** THIS IS A FIVE STAR knock it out of the park title!!!!!