Artwork by Up and Coming Artist Lindsey Keith
The word Jew is short for Jewish and is the name derived from the patriarch Judah, which was first given to those belonging to the tribe of Judah. Further it is a name given to the separate kingdom of Judah in contradistinction from those belonging to the kingdom of the ten tribes, who were called Israelites.
During captivity, and after the restoration, the Jewish name, was extended to all the Hebrew nation without distinction. (Est. 3:6, 10, Dan. 3:8, 12; Ezr. 4:12; 5:1, 5) Originally the Jews were called Hebrews, but after the Exile, the Hebrew name fell into disuse. (Gen. 39:14; 40:15, Ex. 2:7; 3:18; 5:3, 1 Sam. 4:6,9)
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, “There are three names used in the New Testament to designate the Jewish people. (1.) Jews, as regards to their nationality, to distinguish them from Gentiles. (2.) Hebrews, with regard to their language and education, and in order to distinguish them from Hellenists, i.e., Jews who spoke the Greek language. (3.) Israelites, as respects to their sacred privileges as the chosen people of God. To other races we owe the splendid inheritance of modern civilization and secular culture; but the religious education of mankind has been the gift of the Jew alone.”
The history of the Jewish nation is entwined with the history of Palestine and follows the story of the lives of their rulers and chief men. Jews are now dispersed over all lands, and to this day, they remain a separate people, without a king, without a prince, without a sacrifice, and without an image (Hosea 3:4). Till the beginning of the present century, they were everywhere being oppressed, and often persecuted; but now their condition is greatly improved, and they are admitted in most European countries and have received all the rights of a free citizen.
The Jewish population in all is estimated at about six million, with about four million being in the country of Europe. It has also been said that the United States holds a high population of this group, with Israel following next and then Russia. Many Jews have come to the United States seeking freedom from religious persecution that takes place in many other countries.
According to the Scriptures, we do know that someday the Jews will begin to make their journey back to their original homeland before exile. Why you may ask? Simply put, Christ is coming back. There will be a restoration of Israel which includes both the Jewish and Gentile people. Isaiah 49:16 (ESV) says “Behold I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” This Scripture alone and when studied on a deeper level reveals a poem that encompasses a mixture of questions asked by those of Zion. The poem in Isaiah 49 goes on to reveal a discourse of Christ being introduced to the world. We see prophesy being fulfilled and salvation inhabited through the Suffering Servant Jesus Christ.
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About the Artist: Lindsey Keith is a 17 year old Junior who LOVES God, her family, dance, Art and horses. Lindsey can be found doing the typical teenage stuff like volunteering or babysitting when she is not creating beautiful Art. She volunteers at church and a therapeutic horse ranch. She is honored to have achieved being on the California Scholarship Federation each semester of her high school career and has received straight A’s during her schooling adventures. Lindsey’s goal at this point in her life is to receive scholarships to be able to attend a Christian University after graduating High School. Her talent on loan from God is exuberant in extraordinary ways. I absolutely love that she finds time to create beauty right where she is. Way to go Lindsey!
Blessed to See People Using Their God-Given Gifts and Talents,
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