"Still, it seems to me that God has blessed Japan with ingenuity, grace and a love of order and completeness. All these traits reflect a particularly Japanese expression of the glory of God in us all as beings made in His image. I cannot fathom that this is without divine purpose. If the nations are Yeshua's inheritance (Psalm 2:8) then surely that inheritance includes Japan."
 
 

PASSOVER IN JAPAN
By Marty Shoub

Across the globe we have all been transfixed by the images of the devastation unleashed by the tsunami off Japan's northeast coast. The destructive power of that towering wave left us all in awe at how quickly natural forces can undo the works of man - steel, cement and brick are no match for waves of water propelled by shifting tectonic plates. My heart was especially aroused because I have friends in Japan and was already scheduled to travel there at the end of March. Together with our Haifa leader Leon Mazin, I had been invited to present seminars in four Japanese cities by our covenant partners, "Bridge between Zion and Japan". These dear folks, along with many other believers in Japan have an eighty year old legacy of praying for Israel and the Jewish people (for further info, see 70 years of Prayer Oasis, Oct. 06).

The Shabbat following the tsunami, Tents of Mercy spontaneously rallied in prayer for those who have prayed for us so diligently. I sensed a heightened value to my upcoming trip and stood before the congregation while they prayed for Heaven's will and empowerment for my ministry there. As I took my leave to return to my seat a woman in our congregation told me that the night previous, she had been compelled to pray for me. She gave me a book related to the destiny of the Far East and told me she sensed in the Holy Spirit that this trip had a special kingdom purpose.

As I was arriving in Japan a few days before our seminar schedule, our hosts asked if I would lead a Passover Seder for believers in Osaka. The date was some 3 weeks early but I was happy to oblige. I dutifully packed 8 packets of matzoth along with me and the Japanese brethren looked after the rest of the Seder details. Passover is about liberation: Japan is an amazing country with incredibly talented and cultured people. All of us have been amazed at how orderly and civil people have been waiting for food in line ups after suffering such trauma. Where else but Japan could we see such a scene? But underneath the civility, the Japanese are in as much need of liberation as all the rest of us. The orderly world of Japanese decorum in some ways belies the intense pressure to conform and the lack of meaning in a lifestyle disconnected from the creator and His love.

Still, it seems to me that God has blessed Japan with ingenuity, grace and a love of order and completeness. All these traits reflect a particularly Japanese expression of the glory of God in us all as beings made in His image. I cannot fathom that this is without divine purpose. If the nations are Yeshua's inheritance (Psalm 2:8) then surely that inheritance includes Japan. Many are asking, "Why has Japan suffered this terrible tragedy?" Is Japan deserving of judgment? Some have come to this conclusion. I am not in a position to say one way or another but I see another reason, maybe not the only reason (Usually there is never just one reason for anything), but one that brings God's redemption purposes into the mix. Japan's sufferings have turned all of our attention on this special place and people. Believers around the world are now praying for Japan. May God's people everywhere continue to groan in intercession for this graceful and gracious people until they experience Abba's powerful hand of redemption leading them out of the house of bondage. Please keep praying for Japan.

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By Marty Shoub
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05:22 05May11 Jane Michail -
Thank you so much for the update on Japan and the diaries; and the many people coming to salvation. Also the turn in the people to renew and rebuild on different values. It is so good to hear of what is happening, so we can continue to pray for those who have lost so much and suffered so much trauma. And also for such unity amongst the believers and the endtime promises of scripture. It gives me greater insight into how to pray.

Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: The Content of Our Worship
Eitan Shishkoff: Annual Passover Distribution at Tents of Mercy
Eitan Shishkoff: Calling on the Lord Together in Zion
Betty Intrater: Israel Society Takes a "Second Look" at Messianic Jews
Ariel Blumenthal: Japan: A Dress Rehearsal For The End Times?