Good Investment

The last weeks and months have been financially disastrous for businesses, organisations and individuals across the globe. In it we see the Global Village effect, as markets in different countries react to each other in the same day and even within hours. We have heard of people who have lost their homes and others who in a matter of few weeks have lost their life savings. One hears of unimaginable sums individuals have lost. One of the daily newspapers in Israel listed the top five losers in the recent crisis. The top one had lost around £2.8 billion, the next one £2.3 billion, and on goes the list. Time magazine’s cover story on 29 September was entitled: The Price of Greed. Another article in the same magazine related the stories of ordinary people from different countries and how they have lost their savings. People all over the world are wondering where to invest their money and their savings, as even some banks are not as safe as they used to be. So, where can we find a good high yield and risk free investment
Whenever we invest in the lives of people, or in the Scriptures, we are investing in something everlasting. In chapter three of Peter’s second epistle, he tells us of the day of the Lord in which all the elements of this world, as we know it, will melt; yet, according to God’s promise, we look for "new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells”. A day will come when all that we see and all that we do not see will be burned. But there are two things that will last forever: people’s souls and the Word of God. Any investment in these two things is lasting, and nothing will be able to wipe it out.

This is what we try to do in CWI Israel/HaGefen Publishing, and in CWI worldwide. We bring the gospel to the Jewish people and we share the living Word of God with them. We help them become established in their faith and become an active part of a local church that will help them grow further in their knowledge and understanding of the triune God of Israel.

In the midst of the Jewish High Holidays, we published five books and we will also be conducting seminars on these, partly in conjunction with our partners from the Board of Israel of the Netherland Reformed Church. One of the books, which we have called The One and only Comfort, is a guide to The Heidelberg Catechism. The first question of the catechism is, “What is your only comfort in life and death?” Of course, our comfort is in Christ and in his complete work of redemption on the cross. We have tried to convey that answer on the book’s cover. As you can see, the picture is taken from Rembrandt’s famous painting of the prodigal son. The comforting hands in the midst of the falling leaves, the tree and the red spots, remind us of the price that Messiah had to pay for our comfort.

Please pray with us that this historical document, which has comforted others throughout the centuries, will comfort and guide those who read and study it in Modern Hebrew.

Will you too consider making an everlasting investment with us?

David Zadok
This article first appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of the Herald

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