A day of mourning. A day of introspection. So many severe and unthinkable events on this date, throughout history.
A day of fasting. For what was lost in hopes of what will be found.
The list of the losses we remember on Tisha b’Av:
- the day where most the spies returned defeated in spirit
- the first temple destroyed by the Babylonians
- 500 years later the second temple destroyed by the Romans
- Bar Kochba revolt (over 100,000 killed)
- a pagan city built on temple site
- 1290 Jews expelled from England (and persecuted)
- the Spanish Inquisition started on Tisha b’Av
- The deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp began on this day – 1942.
- In 1994, on Tisha B’Av, the bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killed 86 and wounded 300.
Imagine how it felt to lose the place you were meeting Yah? Embracing Tisha b’Av
“Tisha B’Av is a solemn time of mourning among the Jewish people to this day. But what is weird is that the first temple was also destroyed on the 9th day of Av, and many other tragedies happened to the Jewish people on the same date. Is there anything we can understand from this unhappy coincidence? And is there anything Christians can do to bring comfort?”https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/tisha-bav/
Biblical Connection with the Brit ha’ dash – Embrace Tisha b’Av
Why did Abba allow the destruction of the first two temples?
“Zion shall be ploughed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.”Jeremiah 26:28
“For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade round you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”Luke 19:43-44
Having Empathy for What We Don’t Understand
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”Romans 12:14-16
Moreover, as western believers and followers of Yahshua ha Mashiach, it is hard for us to relate to the pain of the losses endured. In particular, as Torah followers, it will mature and grow us to it is hard for us to relate to the pain of the losses endured and meditate upon these tragedies.
Consequently, if you are a Jewish believer in Messiah, no doubt you have a greater understanding (not knowledge – reach for an understanding heart) of this day. Please comment below with insights for the rest of us.
Suffering, Persecution, and Alienation Continue Today
As grafted-in branches, it is our pain also. The pain of what Israel and the Hebrew people face to this very day is overwhelming. Stand tall and strong. Don’t flinch from the truth.
There is hope. Share that hope. Nurture that hope. Live that hope.
Next, on this Tisha b’Av, embrace and spend some time growing and gaining in what this fast and day of mourning means, to real people. His people. Indeed, we are grafted in.
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”Revelation 21:3-4
Finally, learn and Grow as you Learn and Mature Through His Cycles.
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