I am seriously bothered by the trend of madness that has begun to hit South East Nigeria on a whole new levels. All my life, I had heard people arguing that the Igbos are Jews (descendants of Israel). I don’t know where they got all that from. Maybe from seeing the name “Eri” in the Bible. Now, I don’t even want to start debating this matter, but certain issues bother my mind of late.
So what if the Igbos are Jews? What does it change? How does that help us? Does it make us any more loved by God? Does it make us have more respect in His sight than a Hausa man, or an Arab man? We must be careful the sentiments we whip especially when it comes to interpreting the ways of the Almighty God. Jesus said, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”. Abraham is not the way. Moses is not the way. Israel is not the way. Jesus is the way.
This means therefore that if we must have God’s favor and special love, it must be as we believe in Christ Jesus. The Fulani man who believes in Jesus is more honored, loved and cherished by God that an Igbo man who “claims” to be a Jew, or “claims” to be a Christian, but lives his life contrary to the teachings of our Lord Jesus and His Disciples.
It is sad that even in the western church, there is an unhealthy promotion of Israel, as if they matter more in God’s agenda than others. It is true God began His agenda with them, but all through the laws and the prophets, He had expressed that His target is the whole world. “For God so loved THE WORLD”, not Israel, or the Igbos. God sent His Son to die for the world. “HE came to His own, but His own received Him not. But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the power to be called the Son of God, even to those that believe on His Name”. JOHN 1 VS. 12.
A Jew who does not believe in Yeshua HaMashiach is less honored in God’s sight than an Arab man who believes in Him. Christ is the way, not the laws of Moses, not being a biological descendant of Abraham, or Peter, or Paul.
As a result, I am becoming quite uncomfortable with the growth of Judaism, and the promotion of the notion of “a super race” in Igbo land. A Hausa man who believes in Christ Jesus is more of a brother to me than a fellow Igbo who have rejected Him. Christ is what binds us together in a cord of unity. Where Christ is involved, ethnic sentiments and tribal realities fade away. JESUS IS ALL IN ALL. God Bless Us All
N/B: Maybe we need some brothers to start posts on what Jesus and His Disciples taught us from the Bible as regards our daily lives and relationships with each other. I will try, if I can, to do justice to this in the light of the present realities confronting our Nation today.