Tisha B’Av, which lands on the ninth day of the month of Av, commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 B.C. and A.D. 70), as well as other tragedies in Jewish history. Tisha B’Av “is considered the saddest day on our calendar. At this day there is the reading of a list of tragedies that happened on this day. Many of the atrocities remembered were committed by Christians.
Tisha B’Av, which literally means the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a 24-25-hour period of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the First and Second temples in Jerusalem.
Tisha B’Av is generally observed through fasting. The Mishnah sets out various additional prohibitions for the week preceding Tisha B’Av:
“During the week of Tisha B’Av, it is forbidden to cut hair and wash… On the afternoon before Tisha B’Av [when having the last meal before the fast] a person may not eat two cooked foods… nor may he eat meat, or drink wine” (Ta’anit 4).
Tisha B’Av invites us to recognize the evil that humanity is capable of and our universal need for redemption, both physically and spiritually. That redemption will come in the future messianic era and is offered by G-d through Yeshua (Jesus) (I John 1:9). He will reign in Jerusalem from the Throne of David and the Nations will come to the city to worship the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jews and gentiles will be together as the commonwealth of Israel.
Yeshua said: “My house should be called a house of prayer for all Nations”. Should we be grieving the destruction of the house of prayer by the hands of pagans ? Yeshua had a zeal for the Temple. Remember His words ? “It is my father’s house”.
The Bible tells us that Jesus and his disciples traveled to Jerusalem for Passover and while visiting the Temple, He expels the merchants and consumers from the Temple accusing them of turning the Temple into “a den of thieves”.
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade”.— John 2:13-16
And Jesus went into the temple of G-d, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.— Matthew 21:12-13
The Scriptures says the Jews were astonished by Yeshua’s teachings. Let’s be astonished by His teachings!
The yearning for redemption! Yes, we all mourn….
But we have hope.
This is what we are all waiting for:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from G-d, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of G-d is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and G-d himself will be with them as their G-d. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:1-5)