Ignorant Semitic. That would be somebody who genuinely did not give the Jewish people the time of day. I don’t know what I assumed, to be honest with you. Growing up, I only looked at the Jewish people for all the things that they did that was wrong. I never took the time to understand the promises that God had for the Jewish people. I had the privilege of growing up in a wonderful Christian home. I’m actually a third generation pastor. And then one day “ONE FOR ISRAEL” came to our church and asked if we would do a benefit dinner. And to be honest with you, when they begin to talk about Israel around the table, I got a little squeamish. What’s this going to be about? As it went around the table to see who was going to host that event, it came to me And, I in that season of my life, I was quite overwhelmed with a lot of stuff and I said no. But at that moment, I really felt the Holy Spirit say to me that you’re leaving a treasure on the table. So I said to them, I’ll do the event. But I’m telling you right now, I don’t have the time. But more importantly, I don’t know if I believe the same thing about Israel as “ONE FOR ISRAEL” does. As a matter of fact, if I’m being very honest with you, I didn’t really even think of the natural state of Israel or or the modern day Israel. I’d grown up with an understanding of Israel was something that we looked at as far as examples as they would say and and looked at how their journey was. And so that began my journey of understanding really God’s heart for the Jewish people and for Israel. So as I began to look at Romans 1:16, a scripture that I had had the privilege of not only memorizing but leading hundreds, if not thousands of kids, we never spoke the words to the Jew first. And it began to work inside of me. Why in the world did I never see that? And then I was given a great book. And in that book, it had this phrase that said, most Christians in America, know Romans, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Very few know what Romans 9, 10 and 11 say. And as a pastor for twenty five years, I I looked at Romans. Five, six, seven, eight. I don’t know how many times. Matter of fact, I’d gotten my Bible out this this very Bible. And I got it down and I turned to Romans 5, 6, 7 and 8. And when I turned there, sure enough, it was highlighted like crazy. And there was literally like this anxiety inside of me, like, do I even want to see where Romans 9, 10 or 11 say? And then I backed up a little bit. If I’m going to be honest with you, I was I was really proud, if not religiously proud, and saying, how could there be something in Romans in 9, 10, and 11 that I don’t already know? I turn the page and it’s actually this very Bible and I read Romans 9:1 and this is what it says, “With Christ as my witness. I speak with utter truthfulness.” At this point, it’s like the verse became like 3D to me personally and I was like, what could he be talking about here? And then he says, “My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed and cut off from Christ if that would save them.” To be honest with you, I was extremely embarrassed. Here I’d been leading people my whole life and As a Pastor. I had this Bible in my house and other bibles like it. Why didn’t I know what Romans 9, 10 and 11 said. And at that point God began to birth inside of me. A real passion for the people of Israel and for the Jewish people. You know, coming from a place of saying that I was ignorant-Semitic, I think that what happened at that point is that I genuinely forgot that God still has a plan for Israel, that the grace of God showed Israel back then by adopting them in the first place as his chosen people, that the same grace is still available. As a matter of fact, that gospel message is continuing to not only be shared, but it’s growing there in the nation of Israel. It’s the same thing that I came into knowing Jesus with. It’s his grace. And that grace is being poured out upon the nation of Israel. I guess I’m saying to you, take some time to read. Romans 9, 10, and 11. Get away. Get away from everything. Just read it for yourself and see what the father might say to you. That would be my heart for you.