Whose Jerusalem ?

Whose Jerusalem ?

The Apple of God's Eye

In the Bible God is repeatedly referred to as "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" to emphasize the covenant made through the child of promise Isaac, through whose seed the Messiah would be born (Genesis 17:19-21).

Abraham's child Ismael was a child of fleshly impatience through Hagar "the Egyptian." Nevertheless, God made a very gracious covenant with Hagar also, but a different covenant as well (Genesis 21:17-21).
Not surprisingly, these Israelite "chosen people" would, by the mere fact of their choice by God, provoke many to jealousy, thinking that God was playing favourites!

To be chosen of God, however, is an awesome matter.

Amos reminds Israel of that clearly: 'You only of all the families of the earth have I known (chosen); therefore I will judge you the more severely for your sins (Amos 3:2 & Acts 9:15-16).

A privilege indeed, but a responsibility and accountability as well.

Another basic reason for hatred of the Jewish people throughout history is given to us by Paul in Romans 1:30, where he reveals that fallen human nature "hates God"; and all that God loves, including Israel and Christians. People who have strong feelings against the Jews are themselves called "anti-Semites." It is not an entirely satisfactory word, but we are stuck with it through usage.

How important is this subject of "Jew hatred" to God, and what are the consequences for it before God? The question is of top priority as revealed by the fact that God includes it in His first encounter with Abraham: "I will bless those that bless you, and curse those who curse you" (Genesis 12:1-3).

Without controversy, to be cursed by God is the ultimate human tragedy.

Further, the Bible deals with this issue of anti-Semitism over and over again.
In the book of Numbers we find recorded that Balak, a king who stood in the way of Israel coming up out of Egypt, hired an occult prophet, Balaam, to curse Israel. Balaam is bribed handsomely by Balak, but the prophet is restrained by God Himself from cursing Israel, and cries out instead: "How shall I curse whom God has not cursed" (Numbers 23:8) and, "Behold I have received commandment to bless, and He has blessed Israel and I can not reverse it" (23:20). Finally, "when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel" (24:1), he said, "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob and thy tabernacles, 0 Israel" (24:5); "he shall eat up the nations his enemies" (24:8) and, "Blessed is he that blesses thee; and cursed is he that curses thee" (24:9).

The book of Esther also records the fate of Haman, the anti- Semitic Persian, who tried to destroy the Jews of Persia centuries ago: "So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai the Jew" (Esther 7:10).

The Pharaoh of the book of Exodus, who would not let God's people go, drowned pursuing Israel as the nation "went out with great substance."

Hitler and the Nazis planned "the final solution," intending to exterminate every Jew in the world. Actually the satanic plot was much deeper in that the Nazis intended to exterminate Judao-Christian civilization as well; but the point to be made here is that Hitler committed suicide with his own Luger in his underground bunker in Berlin.

The Italian fascist Mussolini was drawn and quartered by an Italian mob in the streets of Rome, reminding us of the cursed Jezebel who was eaten by dogs, as prophesied.

Further, the Psalmist records: "Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion" (Psalm 129:5) and, "Thou has saved us from our enemies, and has put them to shame that hated us" (Psalm 44:7).

Isaiah 11:11-13 predicts that "all the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off' who oppose the restoration of Israel, "in the last days."

Nor are these few Scriptures and examples exhaustive, but merely samples of the truth of God's anger at hatred of His people Israel.

You may not have been previously aware of the seriousness accompanying anti-Semitism; but now that this has been forcibly drawn to your attention it would be well to bow your head, renounce, ask forgiveness, and move out from under that darkness, if you are one that has been previously infected with hatred of the Jewish people.

The writer was unwittingly caught up in anti-Semitism years ago, as a result of becoming involved with a political anti-communist group, which then went on to spread venom about the Jews through subsequent studies. It was only by the grace of God that I subsequently came to know the Lord; and He quickly cleansed me of that unsatisfactory set of prejudices, both by His word and His Spirit.

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