December 28, 2019 |The Diaspora, Part 1 (REBROADCAST)

The Diaspora

Have you ever thought about how God is working in multiple ways in the same situation? The Bible tells us that His ways are higher than our ways and sometimes we can see a situation and not understand why God would allow it. This week, Chris explains the diaspora. The diaspora is the scattering of the Jewish people all around the world beyond the land of Israel. The first diaspora happened between 722 BC and 586 BC when the Assyrian and Babylonian empires scattered the Jewish people out of the land of Israel. 

There isn’t just one reason why God scattered His people. He did it for judgement as we see in Deuteronomy 28:64, but as we’ll learn today, God also did it to preserve His chosen people, the Jewish people. Isn’t that amazing? The diaspora, something that comes from disobedience is also being used for good. Isn’t that just like God to take our sin and bad choices and use it for His glory? 

Jewish Culture and Customs

by Steve Herzig

Every area of Jewish life is tied to some aspect of symbolism. Hundreds of traditions date back thousands of years. How did these customs get started? And what special meaning do they hold? In the book Jewish Culture and Customs, Steve Herzig answers these questions in this fun and personal book on the colorful world of modern Judaism.


Apples of Gold: How Can God Have a Birthday?

Why are you so happy this time of year?” The people in Israel asked Zvi this question every year.  Zvi loved Christmastime and enjoyed explaining why it is such a joyous celebration. But he always warned them that his answer may not be what they expect. Zvi took them to the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament). They were shocked and thankful for him taking time to show them where the Messiah was talked about in the Old Testament.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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