A real breakthrough happened in the kingdom of God recently when a young believer called Shai Sol went on a national television show and boldly talked about her faith in Yeshua. What is even more amazing is that the Israeli press responded positively to her shocking revelation!
Shai Sol had auditioned for a show that invites new talent to perform in front of judges and a live audience to compete for the chance to make it in the music business. In preparation for her make-or-break performance, the two coaches asked the young singer how she would present herself to the judges. She told them that she was going to talk about her faith in Yeshua. One judge cautiously warned her that this might not be a good idea, since the Israeli public, whilst sometimes being liberal and accepting of minorities, can also have its ugly side. This is something Shai Sol knows only too well.
Having grown up in the Messianic faith, she has endured mocking and insults at school and in life generally, but she adamantly refused to hide her identity as a Messianic Jew.
She said, “Whoever accepts me must accept me as I am”.
The other judge was more encouraging to her, supporting her desire to be open about what she believed. In the short discussion, Shai explained well what Messianic Jews believe, and how they live their life as Jews, yet with a love for Yeshua and the New Testament. The nation watched. As Yeshua urged us, she did not hide her light under a bushel but put it up high on display, for all to see. God must have been so proud of his daughter!
The adverts for the show tantalisingly thundered: “The judges know that her name is Shai Sol… and that is all they know about her…!!”
Israelis tuned in to see what reaction she would get. In the end (I think wisely) Shai decided not to talk about her faith to the judges, but presented her song and let them judge her on the merits of her talent. They warmly appreciated her and put her through to the next round.
But the fact is that now Israel has seen a perfectly normal Israeli girl declaring her love for Yeshua and explaining how Jewish people can also embrace the New Testament on national television.
She was not ashamed of the gospel, and the message was out.
Later, the press reviewed the unusual turn of events, largely in her favour. Some noted the abuse that she and others have to suffer for choosing to follow Yeshua, and others gave facts and figures about the growing Messianic community in Israel, and how they live their lives.
Moreover, messages have been coming in from people who were inspired by her testimony and who had been exploring the Messianic faith for themselves. More and more Israelis are expressing serious interest in Yeshua, and even declaring that they have accepted him as their Messiah, all the time. We are blown away by the pace that God’s kingdom is advancing, particularly in the young generation.
Please pray for Shai Sol – for her protection, encouragement and blessing in her faith and life, and please pray for all those who are taking steps towards Yeshua in these exciting times.
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