From ‘Herald,’ the magazine to Israel.


By Mike Moore.


Dear Fellow Worker


I may be in danger of preaching to the converted, but there are times when it is good to remind ourselves of our basics.  I was recently asked to contribute an article for a Church magazine to explain why Christians should be interested in reaching Jewish people with the gospel.  I was, of course, more than happy to write the piece but my problem was limiting the article to 500 words.  Anyway, this is what I wrote and I hope its helpful to you too.


There are almost seven billion people in the world, and less than one in five hundred of them is Jewish.  Why should the Jewish people command our special attention in evangelism?


First of all, God has special love for the Jewish people.  The Hebrew Scriptures testify so clearly to the closeness of the Jews but the New Testament is also clear on the subject: “Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of their fathers” (Romans 11: 28).


Speaking to a crowd of thousands in Jerusalem whom he had earlier charged with the death of the Messiah, in Acts 3: 25 Peter had no hesitation in declaring: “You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers. …”


Secondly, the Jewish people are in graver spiritual danger than others.  In Amos 6: 2 God declares: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities  Paul reminds his readers in Romans 2: 9 that there will be “tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first. …”


In an 1893 sermon, “Our Duty to Israel”, Robert Murray Mc Chyne reasoned: “The kind Physician runs first to the bed where the sick man lies who is nearest to die.  When a ship is sinking, [do not] the gallant sailors … stretch out the arm of help first to those that are readiest to perish beneath the waves?  And shall we not do the same for Israel


Thirdly, a fundamental principle in New Testament mission-logy is that the gospel is “to the Jew first  Galatians 2, the Apostle Paul reveals that two decades after the great commission was issued by the Lord Jesus, he alone of the apostles was reaching out to the Gentiles: “James, Cephas, and John … gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised  Even though Paul alone was entrusted with the mission to the “uncircumcised”, his invariable practice was to preach the gospel “to the Jew first” (see Acts 13: 5, 14, 46; 14: 1; 17: 1, 10, 16f; 18: 4, 19, etc.)


Lastly, the world will benefit from Israel’s salvation.  The great eighteenth century evangelical leader Charles Simeon was so passionate about the salvation of the Jewish people that a friend pointed out to him that there were only six million Jews in comparison with six hundred million Gentiles.  Why are the Jews important?  Simeon responded immediately by an allusion to Romans 11: 15: “If the conversion of the six is to be life from the dead to the six hundred what then


A few months ago, in a letter to the Evangelical Times, a lady drew attention to an article on the Christian Witness to Israel website (,html) by D M Lloyd-Jones, in which the Doctor expresses the hope that “… there shall be a tremendous conversion of the mass of the nation of Israel and when it happens the church will be so amazed and astonished that it will veritably be like life from the dead


Why, she asked, do we not hear that preached from our pulpits more frequently?


Why indeed!


Yours for the salvation of Israel.








It has been my privilege through a long lifetime to become acquainted with many Jews who have become Christians.  With some of these Christian Jews I have been closely associated, and they have become cherished and highly esteemed friends.  With hundreds of others I have had those occasional contacts which enable one to share some of their experiences and form a just estimate of their character and worth.  Most of them live in the United States and Canada, but a number of them also in Europe and other lands.  The faces of many of these fellow followers of Christ rise before me as I write.  Some of them have entered upon the Christian pilgrim path within recent years, but some have grown old along with me, and some have passed on before to the homeland of souls where the ills of this mortal life are for ever past, where faith is changed to sight, and where the limitations of this earthly sphere no longer hamper.  These Jews occupy various positions socially, but not one is the venal or unworthy individual that their unconverted brethren so often claim all Christian Jews to be.  They are business men of all sorts and of different degrees of prosperity.  Some are professional men-lawyers, doctors, teachers, professors in colleges and universities and seminaries, or busy in other spheres. Some are missionaries at home or abroad, church officers and executives, and pastors of churches.


It is in my heart to say a few things about these friends of mine that may be of general interest, and about the things we may learn from them as we journey together through the years.


Every Jew I have known has had to make a real sacrifice in becoming a follower of Christ.  The adherent of no other faith has to encounter greater difficulties in becoming a Christian.  Expulsion from the synagogue, ostracism by the community, loss of employment, scorn and abuse from one’s own family and friends, the charge of being renegades from their faith and traitors to their people are often the price a Jew must pay in taking upon himself the name of Christ, the greatest Jew of history.  Yet for love of Christ they have sincerely accepted all the hardships, and gladly confess Jesus Christ to be their Messiah and Lord.  And never have I found one who has counted the cost too great to pay for the blessings that have come to him from his new-found faith.


It is interesting to note that those Jews who respond to the appeal of the Gospel are, as far as my knowledge goes, those who have been loyal to the faith of their fathers.  In these days many Jews have become thoroughly secularized.  They have given up most of the ritual observances of Judaism, and rarely set foot in a synagogue. The only worship they render is to the gods of pleasure and gain.  They belong to the godless multitude of our time who must be won, just as other pagans, to a belief in God, and as sinners to repentance and pardon through the Divine Redeemer.  But Jews who are sincerely religious, who believe in the God of Israel, and in the scriptures of the Old Testament as the Word of God, are open to the appeal of Christ as the promised Messiah, when wisely and sympathetically approached.  They find that He fulfils the ancient prophecies, and answers the cry of their hearts for pardon and peace and fellowship with God.  He provides the key that fits every ward of the Old Testament’s complicated lock.


I have been greatly impressed with the fact that Jews almost universally testify that the main factor which led to their acceptance of the Christian faith was the friendly interest of some sincere and warm-hearted Christian. Other impressions may have been received from Christian literature, occasional contacts with individual Christians, or messages through radio or press, but the winning factor has been the friendship of some earnest Christian whose love for Christ has led him to share with his Jewish friend the treasures he had found in Christ.  Friendship is the alembic that can dissolve suspicion and prejudice and open the way for the Divine Spirit to work His miracle of grace.  It is here that Christians have so miserably failed to take advantage of their contacts with Jews, and it is here that churches having Jewish neighbours can render a service of incalculable worth by establishing with them friendly relations and exhibiting to them the spirit of Christ.


It is a striking fact that it is Christ Himself who makes the mightiest appeal to Jews.  To the average Jew He is entirely unknown.  Knowing the special attraction that Jesus has always had for His own people, Jewish leaders have diligently sought by every means to immunize their people from His influence.  Any reference to Him was deprecated.  The very use of His name was banned.  The New Testament was a forbidden book. Attendance at any place of Christian worship was condemned as a sin.  When any reference was made to Jesus, it was as “the hanged one” or as “the troubler of Israel He was set forth as one wholly unworthy of consideration by Jews.  But when He is known as He really is, as portrayed in the New Testament, His appeal is overwhelming.  He is seen to be not only the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel, but the fulfilment of all their highest and holiest aspirations, and yearnings.  The testimony of Jewish Christians as to what they have found in Christ that they could not find in the faith of Moses is an experience one can never forget.


What is also characteristic of Jewish Christians is the ardour and intensity which the new faith inspires.  Jews are a warm-hearted, demonstrative, and active people.  What they believe they believe intensely, and what they do they do intensely.  And when they become followers of Christ they display an ardour and zeal that distinguishes them from their more formal and less enthusiastic Aryan brethren.  They become active church members and are zealous in their efforts to advance the cause of Christ.  Out of all proportion to their numbers they furnish the Church with officers, teachers, pastors, and missionaries.  The names of Neander, Pascal, Cassel, Herschall, Edersheim, Schereschewsky, and a hundred more in the last century, remind us how greatly the Church has been enriched by Jewish Christians, and should quicken the zeal of the Church to seek more earnestly to fulfil its God-given mission to the race of Jews.


‑The Hebrew Christian Quarterly.







The population of the world (says The Prophetic News) is said to have doubled in the last century, but the number of Jews has been multiplied by five.  Think of the influence of this little nation.  Only, those who do not know, “act as if the Jew stopped thinking 2,000 years ago The list of world names is long, but take these well known to us: in art, Mendelssohn for music, Heine for poetry, Sarah Bernhardt for the stage; in philosophy, Spinoza, whom Renan called “the greatest Jew of modern times,” and Bergson; in psychology, Freud, the psychoanalyst; in science, Albert Einstein, the incomprehensible; in politics, Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite minister, Earl Rufus Daniel Isaacs Reading, Chief justice of Britain during World War I, Viceroy of India from 1921-26, and Henry Morgenthau, the efficient U.S. ambassador at Constantinople during the last war; in Christian scholarship, Neander and Edersheim.


Fairly recent figures gave more than seventy per cent. of the Jewish people as engaged in trade and industry, almost seven per cent. in professional and governmental occupations, and about five per cent. in agriculture. Had Jews no special ability in finance, they would have learned nothing from history, yet their control of money makes them all Shylocks to the Gentiles.  It was foretold.  As Isaiah says:‑“Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves” (Is. 61: 6).  Zephaniah adds his testimony:‑“I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame” (Zeph. 3: 19).


But with all their influence Israel is still hated.  One observer quoted in The International Review of Missions says:‑“Probably not since the Crusades has anti-Semitism been so universal In the last decade its intensity has increased.  Surely the words of Moses have been fulfilled again:‑“Among these nations you shall have no ease, nor shall there be a resting-place for the sole of your foot, but the Lord shall give you there an anxious mind, spent eyes, and a despondent spirit: your life shall be lived in suspense; you shall live in fear day and night, and never be certain about your life; in the morning you shall say ‘O that it were evening!’ and in the evening you shall say: ‘O that it were morning!’ - because of the terror of mind which frightens you and the sights that you seeDeut. 28: 65-68, Dr. T. J. Meek’s translation.


The Jewish Missionary Magazine says:‑“According to the Survey Graphic, there are about eight hundred organizations in the United States engaged in aggressive anti-Jewish propaganda.  Some of these are nation-wide in their operation, others regional, but all are vociferous in their denunciation of Jews, and all issue publications, which seem to have considerable circulation.  Collectively these organizations claim to have six million followers and assert that through literature and public addresses they reach one-third of the population of the United States.  Even though we may regard these figures as exaggerated, they indicate an amount of virulent anti-Jewish agitation that is a grave threat to the peace and happiness of five, millions of our fellow-citizens.  And what is even more serious, they reveal an immense amount of latent prejudice