God’s miraculous warning

In our previous blog we discussed the hatred against the Jews which is based on the hatred against Jesus, a Jew.  It is another amazing fact about the Bible that the world still acts out events described in the Bible thousands of years before. 

Let us take another look at the Jews.  More specifically at their ancestor Abraham and his history.  God called Abram to move to what was then known as Canaan.  God made this promise to Abram (later called Abraham), 

‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;  and all peoples on earth will be blessed by you.’  Genesis 12:2-3

This was written more than 3,500 years ago.  Only an omniscient God could promise that to Abram.  Has the hatred against the Jews and Jesus ever abated?  No!  That is another remarkable evidence of the supernatural origin of Scripture.   

Does God’s curse work?  Ask Haman and Hitler. 

Does His blessing work?  It is more difficult to answer.  Before the Judgment Seat of Jesus the Jew, the records will reveal it.

Why is Israel hated?

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.   

Conclusion

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.

How to cure anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is a huge problem.  And a disgrace.  Why single out one specific nation for destruction?  The history of the Jews is described in the Bible.  The following verses describe how impossible it is for any nation, individual, or group to destroy Israel: 

#  Nobody can destroy Israel (except God).

  • “This is what the Lord says, He who appoints the sun to shine by day, and decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – The Lord Almighty is His Name: ‘Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,’ declares the Lord, ‘will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me.” 1  That means God will not turn His back on Israel and leave it to the mercy of its enemies. 
  • “This is what the Lord says: ‘Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out, will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,’ declares the Lord.” 2  Nobody has done it yet, it is an impossible task. Which means God will not reject Israel. 
  • “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant – and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me – can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.” 3 
  • “This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 4 

#  Explanation:

  • God says if day, night and seasons cease, then it will happen that Jesus will not rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It is written, ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; He will do what is just and right in the land.’ 5  At present Jesus already sits at the right hand of God.  He overcame the enemy on the Cross, and is the Root and Offspring of David.  Revelation 22:16
  • It is written, “O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.  See how your enemies are astir, how you foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.  ‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.'” 6  The enemies of Israel fight not against Israel, but against God.  God is always the Victor. 

Conclusion

Amazing to think that Psalm 83 was written about 3,000 years ago.  Till today anti-Semitism is rife.  Nobody can destroy God, or the Jews.   That is why the followers of Jesus bless the Jews according to Genesis 12:3, ‘I [God] will bless those who bless you [the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob].…’ 

References

  1. Jeremiah 31:35-36  
  2. Jeremiah 31:37  
  3. Jeremiah 33:20-21  
  4. Jeremiah 33:25-26  
  5. Jeremiah 33:15  
  6. Psalm 83:1-4
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