God’s Purposes for Plagues and Pandemics
There are purposes for plagues and pandemics, and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Though we stop short at claiming God sent the disease, the apostle Paul once told the congregation in Rome, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God” (Rom 8:28). COVID-19 has been used to open the hearts and minds of Jewish people to the Messiah!
One of our missionaries writes:
Before the Jewish high holy days in 2020, God placed on my heart a unique venue for sharing Him with many Jewish non-believers. This vision grew into Feasting, a Jewish cooking show based on Leviticus 23. The first episode aired via YouTube in September 2020. God provided a professional film crew, and we filmed seven episodes highlighting individual Jewish feasts. Each included a food demonstration, a short Bible study, testimonies, and music. After viewing the Sabbath segment, a Jewish non-believer contacted me: “I watched you share your story,” she blurted out. “I’m from the Bronx too.” A friendship began! An excited believer offered her heartfelt thanks after viewing the first four episodes. She said, “I have a close Jewish friend. Feasting has been so beneficial in knowing how to speak with Jewish people.”
As we spread the word that we needed cooks for upcoming Feasting videos, a kosher chef working under the supervision of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi contacted me. Another kosher cook working with the Hasidic community expressed interest . . .