As more and more Israelis get called up for active military duty in preparation for a possible invasion of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the chief rabbi of the Israeli army (IDF) has been posting inspirational scriptures to his Twitter feed.
Among the scriptures posted yesterday was Zechariah 12:10, a passage Christians and Messianic Jews see as pointing to Yeshua as Messiah.
"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication."
Due to Twitter's space limitations, the rabbi's post stopped there. The verse continues:
"They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son."
The IDF chief rabbi has posted that verse before, but it seemed to many to be especially timely now as the battle in Gaza rages and the world howls against Israel. It is also timely because of the verse immediately preceding it, Zechariah 12:9:
"On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem."
The rabbi's posting from Zechariah came just a day after Gaza-based terrorists fired a missile at Jerusalem.