It is obvious from the news that the Jews are hated. This is not a new phenomenon. Hatred of the Jews has been around for quite a long time. The hatred against them is rooted in Jesus,
‘…from them [the Jews] is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, for ever praised.’ Romans 9:5b
This amplifies what Jesus said,
‘…They hated Me [Jesus] without reason.’ John 15:25b
Israel is a tiny nation with only about 9 million people. It does not feature among the ‘giants’ like China, Russia or the United States. It does not arm itself to conquer neighboring nations. Yet a country like Iran’s aim is to wipe Israel off the map. Why? The above Bible verses explain it.
Hatred against the Jews is given in outline in the Bible book, Esther. The history is as follows: Haman, in the time of the Persian king, Xerxes, demonstrates the fundamental desire to destroy the Jewish nation. Haman was not successful. He lost his life and God provided for the escape of the Jews through Esther. The ‘Haman’ episode has been repeated many times in history. Hitler was the last very famous ‘Haman’ who failed as well.
The fact that God is not mentioned in the book of Esther seems strange to many followers of Jesus. Yet it is logical when we look at it as a ‘universal’ book. The Bible is written to believers, but the book of Esther applies to all, believer or not. The message is clear: do not meddle with God’s people — you will lose.
The Jewish nation still stands as a visible testimony to the living God of the Bible. They are a reminder to the world that there is a Creator God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.