The Green Tatoo

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A Messianic Daily Devotional

“Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch” (Isaiah 62:1).

Side-by-side on a rickety and scarred wooden bench, we peeled potatoes together nearly every day for a year. As a young adult, I worked on a kibbutz near Petach Tikvah, Israel. Golda, my co-worker, was a Holocaust survivor.

Narrowly escaping from a concentration camp, Golda fled to Israel as a young adult. She never mentioned the war or imprisonment. But I will never forget the day she pushed up her sleeves in the kitchen, exposing her green tattoo—crudely scrawled on the tender flesh of her forearm.

My eyes fell on the numbers coldly assigned to her. I swallowed a gasp of horror; turning away, I brushed tears away. I pretended not to have discovered her secreted tattoo that was hidden in plain sight. It was living proof of the most heinous crime against the Jewish people ever perpetrated–the Holocaust.

With multiple survivors, tattoos, and testimonies, it is hard to conceive that Holocaust denial exists! As a believer and lover of Israel, I am aware of the need to know how this lie gains momentum. Holocaust denial plays a huge role in the expression of anti-Semitism globally. Since the popularity of social media, its evil message has grown rapidly and in some instances taken deep root with broad ramifications.

The ugly green tattoo of Golda speaks louder than words and still brings tears to my eyes. It served as a wake-up call—I cannot keep silent. Together we must identify the enemy who endeavors to hide the historic truth that looms in plain sight. Let our united efforts expose these lies that Yeshua may be revealed. Our efforts will silence the enemy. Join me in fighting the ugly lies of Holocaust denial that have the power to turn into hateful ethnic crimes. Together we can bring light to those who are deceived or wait in darkness.

For more study…

Isaiah 62:6-7, Psalm 51:18, Psalm 137:6

Work it into daily life…

~Speak up when you hear and see Holocaust denial or anti-Semitism.

~Pray regularly for peace between the Jewish people and their enemies.

~Pray for a revelation of Jesus (Yeshua) as Messiah and Savior to Jewish people.

©Bonnie Saul Wilks


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