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Nancy Petrey: Jesus Wept

by Nancy Petrey, pianist, poet, teacher and author of The Honeycomb is Waiting: Poetic DevotionalsJewish Roots Journey: Memoirs of a MizpahWhy Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots, and Habitation of Honey.
Nancy 2016 croppedNow as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it. – Luke 19:41
Jesus was acclaimed as the Son of David and the King of Israel as He made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem the week He was crucified. The crowds shouted hosannas to Him and welcomed Him as their Messiah (Matthew 21:9; John 12:12-13). Bartimaeus also acclaimed Him as such, when he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46-47). Jesus, likewise, identified Himself as the Son of David, in His final words of Holy Scripture: “I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).
The Son of David is returning one day to Jerusalem, the Jewish capital, the city He wept over when the Jewish leaders rejected Him (Luke 13:34-35; 19:41). Jesus also wept when his friend Lazarus died (John 11:35). He was not only crying because of empathy with Mary and Martha in their grief, but He likely was crying about the unbelief of the crowd. He already knew that He would raise up Lazarus, and He already knows that one day He will raise up the nation of Israel! On that day “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:25-27). But until that day comes, He weeps over His beloved Chosen people.
How sad that “a child was born unto them, a Son was given … a Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and Israel rejected Him! But, wait! There is a silver lining to that cloud.

For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting Him mean? It will be life from the dead! – Romans 11:15 (Complete Jewish Bible)

In other words, if Israel’s rejection of Yeshua as Messiah resulted in the Gospel going to the Gentiles, then their acceptance of Him will bring world-wide revival! Isn’t that what we all want? But how have we been praying for it?
King David wrote, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6). That is tantamount to praying for the salvation of the Jewish people, that their eyes will be opened, like Bartimaeus, to see the Son of David, their Messiah! Our own prosperity, spiritually and every other way, is tied up with this imperative. Will we be obedient?
The tears of our Lord poured out on His people, and now we Gentiles who know Him as Savior and Lord are His people, too. We should have our prayers mixed with tears of repentance for what the Church has done to the Jewish people throughout history to harden them against their own Messiah! The Church is suffering from a case of mistaken identity! Jesus is weeping about it as He intercedes for the eyes of His Church to be opened!


(Based on Romans 11)

So, what is my identity now that I am saved?

I have a Jewish Lord, so how should I behave?

I was graciously grafted into a Jewish olive tree,

I was a wild branch when Jesus set me free.

The Seed of Abraham was planted in the ground –

They’d nailed Him to a tree when I was not around.

But He was resurrected as the Jewish Scriptures said,

And offered all salvation by His blood He had shed.

I later heard the story, first told by Jewish men –

The Apostles, Paul, and all the church were Jewish, all of them.

But when the message got to me, the Jewish roots were cut!

Yeshua wept, because the door to heaven for Jews was shut!

The Jews now think of Jesus as a God who’s not for them –

The veil over their eyes has made their eyesight dim.

But we can make them jealous if we restore His Jewish identity,

Support the Jews and the Jewish nation; for them we must have affinity.

And we must know our history, horrible things the Church has done,

Identify with them in their pain, that’s how their hearts are won.

We must repent for atrocities done in the name of our Jewish King.

Forgive us, Lord, we did not know it was such an evil thing.

– Nancy Petrey ~ June 18, 2016

Most Christians are not aware of the anti-Semitic history of the Church. I recommend three resources: (1) Our Hands are Stained with Blood: the Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People, by Dr. Michael Brown. (2) How the Cross Became a Sword by Richard Booker (small booklet). (3) Why Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots by Nancy Petrey (40-page book). In praying for revival and preparing for the coming of the Lord, these are indispensable tools. I urge you to read one of them. You will be spellbound and shell-shocked! But at least you will be equipped for these end times.
PRAYER: Dear Father, cause us to weep over Your chosen people like Jesus did. Give us a heart of compassion to pray for their salvation. Cause us to be more grateful that Jesus came to us through the Jewish people and that our beloved Scriptures were penned and preserved by them. May we be moved to action on their behalf, speeding the day when Yeshua the Messiah will return to Jerusalem and set up His kingdom.
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  1. Please explain: There is neither Jew nor Greek….. Why is such a big thing made of the Jews, when according to the Apostle Paul, there is no difference? It was making a difference that brought about the persecution. Making a difference sets up the group so distinguished as a target. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for your question, Betty. In the family the husband is head of the house, but the value of each member is the same. God has an order. He chose the Jewish people to represent Him to the world, and through them He sent the Messiah and the Holy Scriptures. A careful reading of Romans 9, 10, and 11 will help you understand the importance of the Jews to God’s plan of redemption. God will keep His covenants to them, and the whole world will know that He is God. If He doesn’t honor His promises to them, then why would He honor His promises to the Church? The goal is the “one new man” spoken of in Ephesians 2 that Paul taught us about. Jesus prayed for that unity in the Garden before He was betrayed. More and more Christians are catching on and joining the Jewish roots movement. This prepares us for the end times and the coming of the Lord. I hope you will get my little 40-page book, “Why Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots.”

  3. So well put, Nancy. The idea of the so-called “replacement theology” began to creep into Christian theological circles shortly after the death of the apostles and continues to this day. And, as Nancy aptly points out, this false theology has been the root of horrible mistreatment of the Jews by Christians down through ages. Another excellent book that has an excellent coverage of the effects of replacement theology on the church, ecclesiology, eschatology, and on the Jewish people themselves is Dr. Renald E. Showers’ book “The Coming Apocalypse”.

    1. Thank you, Jan. I found the book you recommended, used copy for only 4 cents! Ha! Add shipping of $3.99, and it’s a deal! Most likely I have already learned 90 % of this material, but I don’t have a book specifically on replacement theology that I can recommend, so this will be good to have. I do have an excellent little book but it is out of print. I look forward to reading Showers’ book. Thanks again.

  4. I am blessed by Nancy’s words….yes, we want world revival! Thank you for the recommended resources’ titles.

  5. Good devotional, Nancy! Well written, thorough, very informative. Thank you for your deep love for the Jewish people and for helping us understand more about our Jewish roots.

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