September 19, 2012
Messianic Jews loose Court Case...
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In the September Maoz Israel Report Shira wrote about the issue of homosexuality.
Here in Israel this particular sin is alive and well. In fact, the mayor of Tel Aviv - our own sin city - has decided a few years ago to turn the city that never sleeps into the 'Gay Capital of the World.'
For years the city of Jerusalem refused to allow a Gay Parade to take place on its streets - that is, until the Gay community sued and won the case in Israel's courts.
Gay Parade on the streets of Israel
This past week another verdict was handed down from the courts in favor of the homosexual community... and against a Messianic settlement, Yad Hashmonah.
Here is a report from our dear friend, Asher Intrater:
Yad Hashmonah is the only Messianic Jewish settlement
(moshav) in the world. Its witness is one of the most significant to
the nation of Israel. Last year two lesbians requested to arrange a
wedding reception at their facilities. When the moshav explained that
this was against their principles of faith, the lesbians sued them for
sexual "harassment"(!?). This week the sentence was handed down against
Yad Hashmonah with a fine of 75,000 shekels.
The moshav office is being flooded with antagonistic
correspondence. The lesbians have received positive media coverage for
"the victory of their enlightened sexual preferences over the primitive
views of the Messianic cult."
The problem with the fine is that others in the
homo-lesbian community will seek to hold events, with threats of more
law suits. Moshav representatives told the court that with such a
sentence they may have to shut down all of their
hotel-conference-restaurant facilities. The judge said, "better that
you shut down everything than continue to discriminate" (against sexual
Such an attack could not have happened to an orthodox
Jewish institution in Israel, because the religious establishment would
rise in protest. But the Messianic community is left undefended,
stranded between secular and religious clashes.
However, God is with us, and what was meant for evil
can be turned to good (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28), and result in a
testimony to the authorities (Mark 13:11, Luke 21:13, Philippians
1:12). In the 11-page decision the judge noted that Messianic Jews
believe in the Tanakh and the New Covenant, that they do not rent their
hotel rooms to unwedded couples, and that they see homosexuality as
against the ways of God and of natural creation.
The judge ruled that the honor of the lesbians was
belittled - thus transgressing the law against sexual discrimination,
which in this case means sexual "preference," which in turn represents
Pray urgently for wisdom for Yad Hashmonah leadership,
for spiritual protection, for financial provision, against legal
precedent, against attacks from homo-lesbians, for unity in the
Messianic body on the issue, and for a positive witness of biblical
values and the good news for salvation.
The Word of God warns us that the darkness will increase in the last days, and that's exactly what's happening.
It is why we so rely on your prayers and your support! Only by standing together against the forces of darkenss and against the principalities of this world we will have victory in advancing the Kingdom of God.
Incidentally, right after the September Maoz Israel Report was published, Shira came across a strong article addressing homosexuality and the way we, the believers, respond to it. Written by Andrew Strom and with a title, IS THIS "HATEFUL"??, we believe it's a must read and a must-act for all of us. You can READ IT HERE.
Please pray for Israel's Messianic Jews - that we will not grow weary in doing good no matter what comes against us. Pray for unity among us. Pray for wisdom for our leadership. Pray for the Word of God to spread across Israel and for many Israelis to come to know Messiah Yeshua. Pray with us that the Lord will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land!
Thank you for standing with the Messianic Jews of Israel!