The riots and unrest in some cities in the United States are fascinating to watch. Yet it is even more fascinating that God already wrote a commentary on those type of things around 2,600 years ago.
We read in Isaiah 3:4-5 & 12,
‘I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them. People will oppress each other – man against man, neighbour against neighbour. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honourable…. Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.’
The Lord concludes in Isaiah 3:10,
‘Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.’
Yet He warns those who flaunt His call to repentance,
‘Woe to the wicked! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.’ Isaiah 3:11
Anti-Semitism, hatred against the Jewish nation, comes a long way. God foresaw it when He said to Abram, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse….’ 1
In this blog we want to concentrate on those who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet denounce the Jewish nation. Scripture teaches that Jesus is, ‘…the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David;’ 2and also that, ‘I [Jesus] am the Root and the Offspring of David.’ 3 Jesus is a Jew.
# The problem of ‘Christian’ Anti-Semitism
Believers in Jesus are ‘related’ to the Jews through Abraham. ‘Understand, then, that those who believe [in Jesus] are children of Abraham.’ 4 The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, as is our Bridegroom.
# What we should remember
- ”If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.’’ 5
- Paraphrased it would mean: anyone who claims to love Jesus, yet hates the Jews, lies. You cannot love Jesus whom you have not seen, but hate the ‘family’ of Jesus, whom you can see.
# Anti-Semitism is a dangerous game to play.
- Judgment belongs to God, never to His people. However much we want to, God will never accept our judgment on His nation. He promised He will see to it Himself.
- Scripture never teaches that Jesus renounced His nationality. ‘Christian Anti-Semitism’ might be difficult to explain to the Judge, Jesus the Jew.
Jesus is God’s beloved Son, our Saviour and Bridegroom. Either we love Him and His people and pray for them, or we don’t. The Anti-Semitic ‘Christian’ is a contradiction in terms.
- Genesis 12:3a
- Revelation 5:5
- Revelation 22:16b
- Galatians 3:7
- 1 John 4:20
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We are closing down for the holidays (in the Southern hemisphere it is now summer).
Our wish for you all, ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.’ Philippians 1:9-11