Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 01/22/2011

The Term “My Brethren”

To whom was Jesus referring in this scripture verse from Matthew 25:37-40 – “Then these righteous ones will reply ‘Lord, when did we ever see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? Or a stranger, and show You hospitality? Or naked and give You clothing?. . sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will say, ‘. . . When you did it to one of the least of My (brethren) brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me!”

We need to understand what Jesus meant by ‘my brethren’ (KJV). The Greek translation states ‘brother,” while the NRSV translates as ‘members of my family.” The Complete Jewish Bible translates it as “these brothers of mine”. Another version says ‘brothers from the womb”. A brother can mean having the same natural ancestor, belonging to the same people, countrymen or fellow believers. Reflection should definitely be on the words ‘my brethren’ and the call to be ‘doers of the Word’ (James 1:22) and most importantly, to bless Israel and the Jewish people, who are clearly Jesus’ brethren in every sense of the word.

Most nations have forgotten the God of Israel. They have gone after ‘other gods” (among the obvious ones are communism, humanism, materialism), as though they want to wipe God’s name off the earth. Through hatred of the Jewish people the world lashes out against God because they still represent God’s law to a heathen world. Today ‘goat-like’ nations threaten to annihilate the Jewish state. Yet judgment on anyone who comes against the Jewish people is a theme throughout the Bible. The world received the plan of salvation through the Jewish people. Through the hands of Jewish men, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we received the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament). A Jewish womb carried Jesus to full term and birth. A Jewish mother stood at the cross as her Son perished for the sins of man, a Jewish burial was given to Jesus, He was placed in the tomb of a Jewish friend, Jewish prophets foretold His coming, and Jewish apostles took His message to the world! Jesus was and still is Jewish!!

In Genesis 12:3 God said to Abraham, the father of the Jews, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Click on http://www.churchisraelforum.com/blessing_or_cursing.htm to read the article ‘Blessing or Cursing?’.

History shows that some nations have already received judgment because of their treatment of the Jews. They have risen and fallen. Click on http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf to see a slide show of all the nations and empires that have done this. Other nations will one day be judged on the basis of their treatment of His brethren, the Jews. “Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40)

The U.S. has been a friend of Israel since its inception and we have been blessed. May we continue to bless Israel and the Jews, corporately and individually!

Taken from Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem

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  1. This scripture verse was a vital message I was led to use when I wrote my inspirational story “Second Chance” that was published within days of submittal for acceptance at 2theHeart.com It was received by a man in Brisbane, Australia who was contemplating suicide. Little did I know at the time the urgency of the bible verse when I wrote the story about saving the life of a tiny little Chickadee. I received an email message from the man in Australia who told me my story provided him HOPE. That was in 2004. Today, that man still communicates with me, has married and has a new family! G-d’s WORD is as TRUE today as it was when JESUS, HIS SON, spoke it to his BRETHREN! Praise G-d. He speaks to US through HIS word. HE gave me the words to use for my story! HE spoke through me, and HE saved this man’s life! This is a true story.

  2. Thanks again Elena for these scriptures…loving the blog!

  3. from Mary Bartoli:
    I have been looking at the articles on Israel which are really informative. The one you put in today is just exactly what is going on. Last evening, I was watching TBN and Matt and Laurie Crouch and Joel and Victoria Osteen in Israel with so many in attendance. I imagine that once you have been there, you would be able to picture what you are reading in the Bible in the very surroundings and everything would come alive in an even better sense. I also watch Joyce Meyer and she has been preaching to the masses in India with a huge attendance and many have converted to Christianity. These mega churches are accomplishing a lot as the Gospel message is able to be preached to the nations and when all of that has been accomplished, Jesus will return for the Believers just exactly as the Scripture says.


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