Antisemitism has never been constrained by time or religion – it has continued throughout history at the hands of atheists, Christians, Muslims and pagans alike. Whether Jewish people have assimilated into the culture or kept themselves to themselves in their own communities, they have been hated and persecuted wherever they go, and whatever they do. Whether in exile or in their own land, in Babylon or in Egypt, in Christian Europe, Atheist Russia or the Muslim Middle East, whether they’re following God or in rebellion against him, the attacks do not stop.
THE OLDEST HATRED?
Whenever there is an attack on Jewish people abroad, no matter what the motivation, there are always those who turn to blame Israel. “Absolutely appalling and a criminal act, but does it ever occur to… the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians may be reigniting antisemitism?” British lawmaker, Jenny Tonge, opined that Israel’s policies were the reason for the mass murder of Jews in Pittsburgh – an absolutely appalling act of antisemitism on her own part. But antisemitism goes back long before the troubles of the modern State of Israel ever existed. It was not the ‘occupation’ that was bothering Adolf Hitler… or the Spanish Inquisitors, or the perpetrators of the violent pogroms and Crusades that destroyed Jewish lives throughout the centuries in Europe and Russia. We can be confident it was not the settlements or checkpoints that got Haman’s goat in the story of Esther, or put the Amalekites’ nose out of joint to the degree that they tried to kill off the entire people group just after the Exodus. It is not that the State of Israel causes racism against the Jewish people, but rather, racism against the Jews that demonstrates the need for a Jewish state.
As long as there has been a people of God, chosen for His purposes, the attacks and annihilation attempts have been relentless. It is ludicrous to suggest that the State of Israel is to blame for violence perpetrated against the Jewish people.
THE TRUE OBJECT OF HATRED: THE GOD OF ISRAEL
What makes Jewish people Jewish? The God who called the nation into being for His own purposes. It was God who created the people of Israel. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel and ordained that his twelve sons would become the twelve tribes of Israel. His people. They were a people chosen by God, led by God, instructed by God, and precious to God. And they are called by His name.
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God.
The LORD your God has chosen you
out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people,
his treasured possession.”
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE ISRAEL? =>
Not only did they identify themselves with Him, but God identified Himself with them.
He is, and always will be,
The God of Israel
He refers to Himself in Scripture hundreds of times as the God of Israel. The God who delivered Israel from Egypt. One day, we learn from Jeremiah 16:14 and 23:7-8, we will know Him as the God who regathered Israel. Whichever way you look at it, God is inextricably linked to Israel, and always will be. This irks a lot of people. Some are bitter about the fact that God chose a particular nation at all, or the fact that Israel (like all of humanity) has always been so undeserving of God’s grace, or that God is the one in charge and gets to make such choices without consulting anyone.
“Antisemitism stems from the inherently rebellious hearts of humans. As the people of God, the Jews are associated with God, and thus Jew hatred is sometimes subliminal but always due to an unregenerate heart.”
Christine Darg. Dr. Richard Bookers says in a similar vein that Jew hatred is God hatred because the Jews remind the world they are accountable to God for their lives and they don’t want to be reminded.
HOW CAN CHRIST FOLLOWERS STAND AGAINST ANTISEMITISM?
“You cannot love God”, warned Corrie Ten Boom, “without loving the Jewish people”. It is shocking that this even needs to be pointed out, yet church history makes an extremely uncomfortable reading when it comes to the treatment of the Jews. What a sad misrepresentation of Christianity.
I'm sure subconsciously, this gives the Jewish population an underlying judgment of all Christian's or Christianity.
This may cause them to view Christian's
through a filtered lens, that sees separation and opposition
instead of unity and oneness.
The vast majority of Christian's cant relate to antisemitism, and aren't aware of it, because they were taught "there is no jew or gentile for we are all one." This could also cause a Jewish person to -wrongly- view anything not meant specifically because of Jewish identity as a "separate identity," and in turn, "misidentify" antisemitism.
But what can Christians do to stand against
We cannot underestimate the impact of our prayers. Let’s pray for the bereaved, for the frightened Jewish communities facing antisemitism in the US, in France, in the UK, and all over the world. We must also pray for their enemies. Pray for those trapped in webs of bitterness and lies. Pray for Christians who are blinded to the truth about God’s heart for His people. You can be sure that your prayers will be reaching the Father’s heart, and we know that if we pray in accordance with His will, He hears, and He will answer.
You could also send a letter to a synagogue near you to let them know that you are praying for them, standing with them, and that you care.
2. PUBLICLY STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH
AND DENOUNCE LIES
The Body of Messiah has a prophetic ministry
to bring to light words or actions
that portray untruth
There are so many falsehoods defaming Israel and the Jewish people in circulation. It is simply not true that Israel is an Apartheid state, or that they are committing genocide. There are no Jewish plots in progress to take over the world, or even the Middle East. Israel will do everything it can to avoid killing civilians, especially children, and the lies that are perpetrated on these matters fuel the fires of antisemitic hatred. It’s important to investigate for yourself what is true and what is not, rather than believing one side or the other, but when you find solid facts, make them known.
Whether it manifests as Alt-Right racism or Far-Left hatred of Israel, antisemitism is fueled by conspiracy stories. Behind them lies the peddler of falsehoods and the spreader of fear: the father of lies himself.
We can help combat antisemitism
and proclaiming the truth.
3. REMIND PEOPLE THAT
JESUS IS JEWISH –PRESENT TENSE!
As Russell Moore put it so well in his piece in the Washington Post, “If you hate the Jews, you hate Jesus too”:
“I will often hear Christians say, “Remember that Jesus was Jewish.” That’s true enough, but the past tense makes it sound as though Jesus’ Jewishness were something he sloughed off at the resurrection. Jesus is alive now, enthroned in heaven. He is transfigured and glorified, yes, but he is still Jesus. This means he is still, and always will be, human. He is still, and always will be, the son of Mary. He is, and always will be, a Galilean. When Jesus appeared before Saul of Tarsus on the Road to Damascus, the resurrected Christ introduced himself as “Jesus of Nazareth” (Acts 22:8).
Jesus is Jewish, present tense…
He is of the
tribe of Judah.
He is of the
House of David…
As Christians, we are, all of us,
adopted into a Jewish family, into an Israelite story.”
In the past it may have been misunderstood in the New Testament to think that Jesus was against the Jewish people as a whole. That is not Accurate.
But not only is Jesus Jewish,
his entire family, all his disciples, and
most of the early church were Jewish too.
The Bible teaches God is not done with Israel, and will never forsake the Jewish people (Romans 9-11).
True followers of Christ, know that
Jesus was standing up to the Pharisees- religious authorities,
oppressors of the common people in a fully Jewish community.
4. IDENTIFY WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
It is important to stand with
the Jewish people especially in times like this –
to identify with the people of Israel as they are under attack.
During the Holocaust when the Nazis were making Jews wear a yellow star, the Danish king is said to have suggested to his finance minister,
"perhaps we should all wear it.”
Such an act would completely negate the attempt to isolate and victimize the Jewish people.
Similarly, when a brick came through the window of a Jewish family at Hanukkah time, the entire town of Billings, Montana, decided to
put Jewish Hanukkiahs in their windows in
The attacks by the KKK soon stopped.
It took courage for people to stand with their Jewish neighbors, knowing that they are making themselves a target too,
but it’s a powerful thing to do.
For Gentile believers in Yeshua, identification with Israel is not a mere gesture, but an expression of reality – of the deep truth that you are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Ruth’s courageous love for Naomi’s people and their God did not go unnoticed, and neither will yours.
“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
Israel has no bigger support than that of
true followers of Christ.
Sadly, not all 'Christians" represent the cross well,
hence why we need more of him-
we are all flawed imperfect human beings navigating this existence
need of a savior.
The Scripture cannot state it more unambiguously than God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants in Genesis 12:3 –
“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
In the final analysis,
antisemitism is more destructive to those who practice it
than to those who bear the brunt of it.
Hard as it may be to contemplate the anguish of Jewish people
who have suffered such cruelty at the hands of their
enemies throughout the centuries,
it is even more frightening to consider the
eternal judgment courted by those who are determined to hate what
God Himself loves.
As the character, Yakov Bok in Bernard Malamud’s award-winning novel The Fixer observes as he reads the New Testament his guards have given him, “If you want to be an anti-Semite, you must first hate Jesus Christ.”
No one loved his own people
more than 'Jesus.
As believers in Messiah,
we have a vital part to play to stem the tide of antisemitism.
Starting at home, we are charged with the task of
praying for the Jewish people
and demonstrating our support by coming alongside our Jewish neighbors with affirmation
as well as the encouraging words of the Gospel.
We must speak out against religious and ethnic
hatred wherever we find it – not only against the Jewish people but against anyone. This is something I have always personally and faithfully taken akin to, with a special admiration for Israel.
it is exactly what Christians were taught,
In the Old Testament, the wonderful characteristics of God’s love were in a very clear way revealed to Israel. This nation owes its entire existence to the love of God.
However, it was always meant to be a reciprocating love
in which the obligation rested on Israel
to respond to God’s love
by living in the right relationship with Him.
Moses said to his people:
“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face” (Deut. 7:7-10).
Every member of the nation who did not love the Lord and turn his back upon Him, would pierce himself through with many sorrows. He would be the sufferer. On the other hand, those who love the Lord will be richly blessed:
“And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land… the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. You shall be blessed above all peoples”
To qualify for these blessings,
there is only the demand of true love which
must also manifest in works of charity:
“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deut. 10:12-13).
He would also protect them against the plots and attacks of their enemies, of which there were many. Balak, the king of Moab, hired Balaam to curse Israel:
“Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you” (Deut. 23:5).
Balaam advised Balak not to curse Israel or to fight against them because the Lord fights for them. He counselled Balak to befriend himself with Israel and invite them to the feasts of Moab’s gods. Should Israel agree to social and religious compromise with Moab, they would become untrue to God, despise His love and worship other gods.
The doctrine of Balaam is the doctrine of compromise with an apostate world, against which the New Testament church is also warned in Rev. 2:14.
This self-destructing compromise caused a big disaster in Israel.
They accepted an invitation to a Baal feast, participated in the sacrifices, and many Israeli men also took heathen wives in Moab.
In doing so, Israel didn’t honour their relationship of love towards God but instead committed treason against Him.
As a result, the wrath of God was kindled against Israel and He sent a plague over them in which 24 000 people died
(Num. 25:1-3, 9).
In spite of incidents of this nature,
in which Israel often in their history invited the anger of God,
the love of God for Israel
Many individuals died as a result of their sins and rebellion, but that did not destroy God’s covenant with Israel. His love for them is comprehensive and all-embracing. It doesn’t only include promises about their spiritual revival and physical restoration in their land, but also the promise of His daily care to save them from all dangers and anxieties:
“But now, thus says the LORD who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour, I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honoured, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, Give them up! And to the south, Do not keep them back! Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him” (Is. 43:1-7).
The question may be asked:
Why does the Lord
have to gather this people
from the four corners of the earth
and bring the dispersed ones back to their land?
Why did they become unfaithful to the Lord and forfeited His blessings?
It is because of the hardening of their hearts.
Instead of worshipping the God of Israel they were deceived by Satan to live a life of licentiousness in which they also worshipped the Baals:
“But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; and you have been weary of Me, O Israel. You have not brought Me the sheep of your burnt offerings, nor have you honoured Me with your sacrifices… but you have burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities” (Is. 43:22-24).
To this licentiousness and lack of love Israel often committed themselves. They were warned that it would ultimately lead to great calamities and disaster, including the international dispersion of the nation:
“If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law
that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues… And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess. Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other… And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you” (Deut. 28:58-66).
Eventually Israel also rejected and turned their backs
upon their Messiah, the Lord Jesus,
who is the
personification of God’s love for them.
That was the final sin that filled the cup of their iniquities and gave rise to the international dispersion against which Moses warned them.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord!” (Mt. 23:37-39).
Of the international dispersion of Israel that would follow after they rejected the Messiah and would endure until they finally accept Him, Jesus said:
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Lk. 21:24).
Although the destruction of Jerusalem and the
diaspora of Israel constitute divine judgements,
it was never meant to be an absolute rejection of Israel and
the abrogation of God’s covenant with them.
The God of Israel says:
“Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; For I am the LORD their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD” (Lev. 26:44-45).
Paul also confirms the fact that the Lord didn’t reject His people Israel.
At the end of the times of the Gentiles, which is the end of the Church dispensation, the trampling of Jerusalem will be terminated and the people be restored physically and spiritually:
“I say then, has God cast away His people?
For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew…
hardening in part has happened to Israel
until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
for this is My covenant with them,
when I take away their sins”
(Rom. 11:1-2, 25-27).
What we now see in Israel, as well as in the salvation of an increasing number of Messianic Jews who return to the God of their fathers through Jesus Christ, is confirmation of sure promises that God will never abandon Israel. His love for Israel is eternal and unchangeable.
Listen to what He says through the prophet Hosea about this forsaken woman, Israel, who wandered away from Him:
“I will punish her for the days of the Baals to which she burned incense… Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt… I will take from her mouth the name of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more” (Hos. 2:13-17).
The prophets Isaiah also confirms the
of love between Israel and God:
“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; nor be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. For the LORD has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused, says your God. For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, says the LORD your Redeemer” (Is. 54:4-8).
To Hosea this wonderful prospect was also revealed, and he concludes his writings with a prophecy on the
restored relationship between Israel and their God:
“I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.
Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
they shall be revived like grain, and grow like the vine”
The prophet Jeremiah emphasises the eternal love that God has for Israel:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria…
He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.
For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the LORD… their souls shall be like a well watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all… for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow… Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child? For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still; therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the LORD“ (Jer. 31:3-20).
It is evident from God’s dealing with Israel that His love has a clear element of chastening. This love is so pure that it can’t allow people who have accepted it to compromise with a sinful world, or to be licentious and permissive as is the case in the humanistic love of fallen man.
A wayward child
who persists with his uncharitable conduct
must be reprimanded, disciplined, and chastised.
However, these disciplinary actions are instituted with
the best interests of the person(s) involved.
If you're a loving parent and your child's hair is on fire-
would that parent say, "that's okay, you're going in the right direction," or would they speak the truth in love?
I love you- you're running toward that cliff and your hair is on fire,
let's put the fire out and turn around.
The chastising of Israel is an act of love
as it is aimed at their
return to the Lord.
Those who have
sorrow over their sins and truly
from it will be
met by a loving,
He will also completely restore a repentant Israel:
“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you… I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgements and do them.
Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people and I will be your God” (Ezek. 36:24-28).
The day of Israel’s national conversion will be when the Messiah, Jesus, sets feet on the Mount of Olives at the end of the great tribulation.
He will then judge the nations and save the remnant of His people, Israel. Under strong conviction of sin, worked by the Holy Spirit, they will grieve over their sins, pray for pardon and mercy, and accept Jesus as Messiah and Saviour:
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn… They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, This is My people, and each one will say, the LORD is my God” (Zech. 12:10 and 13:9).
The bond of love that was broken by Israel
because of their sins,
will be fully restored:
“O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity… Say to Him, Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously… [To these word of repentance God will say]:
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hos. 14:1-4).
Isaiah says: “In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem or beauty to the remnant of His people” (Is. 28:5).
All the nations will know about the spiritual revival of Israel
and gladly associate with them to share in the blessings:
“In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying,
Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you”
The saved remnant of Israel will be united in their love for God and serve Him with their whole heart.
“This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD, for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more”
The dedication of Israel as a people will then be like that small group of exemplary men of God in the Old Testament.
The Lord will take pleasure in them like He took pleasure in David,
who was a man after God’s heart.
David declared his love for God by saying:
“I will love You, O LORD my strength”
Another psalmist expressed his love for the Word of God:
“I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!…
Your word is very pure;
therefore Your servant loves it…
My soul keeps Your testimonies,
and I love them exceedingly”
(Ps. 119:127, 140, 167).
Is your delight also in the word of God
and do you meditate on it day and night?
Are your footsteps anchored in the word of God,
and have you hidden His words in your heart
that you might not sin against Him?
Then the blessings of the Lord will surround you
and the Holy One of Israel will protect you.
God’s love for Israel will also be poured out in your heart.
You will pray for them and earnestly desire their salvation.
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake
I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a lamp that burns…
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Is. 62:1, 6-7).
Before this can happen,
a passionate love must be awakened in the hearts of Jews
for the land of their fathers and the city of Jerusalem.
These convictions and feelings must induce them to return and prepare Jerusalem and its inhabitants for the
soon coming of the Messiah!
This awakening is finally occurring in our generation.
The gospel is being heard in
Israel again, after 2,000 years of exile.
God loves Israel, declaring, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jer. 31:3). God is eternal, and His love is eternal. To possess the love of God is to love that which he loves. One cannot claim to have God’s love, and simultaneously hate Israel,
His chosen people.
There is clearly no place for anti-Semitism in the heart of any Christian.
God called followers of Jesus to
love and serve
Israel through the
message of the Gospel.
As with the renewed covenant offered to Israel, our sins are removed freely with faith in God's great sacrifice and work on the cross. The nation of Israel doesn't have that protection, but God promises to deliver them as a nation when they've gone too far from him. That's Israel's history, a pattern of national wandering from God, suffering, bondage, then redemption and deliverance. God's word says that greater sufferings bring greater rewards, because God- through Christ- compensates our weaknesses. The weaker we are, the greater he can demonstrate his greatness and faithfulness when called upon. If we are close to God, he will listen and answer. God always delivers Israel before it's too late, when they are far away, he promises to answer them from afar. The renewed covenant, the law of Christ, given by our God of Israel that made himself known to the beloved patriarchs, frees us from this bondage and is
freely offered to anyone who accepts it.
Anyone who is under the law of Christ,
should love, honor, and praise Israel for nourishing the deep roots of the mosaic covenant long enough for the gentiles to have an opportunity to be in grafted into the one family of God. Judaism is a deep, rich, beautiful religion. The Jewish people are loving, kind, generous, and are zealous for God. But they are doing this from the wilderness, they haven't entered the promised land. They need a Shepard to draw nearer to God- that is Christ. God will eventually deliver Israel at the end of the age, through Jesus Christ- their savior, whom is very well active and alive in spirit today.
God calls followers of Christ to Shepard, love, and guide Israel through the Gospel.
To love Israel is not a blanket endorsement of all their beliefs and behaviors. God, who loves Israel and chose them to be His people (Deut. 7:6-8), also called them to be holy (Ex. 19:5-6; Lev. 11:45), and promised blessing or cursing, based on their obedience to Him (Deut. 28:1-68). Israel can and does fail, often rejecting God’s love for them and walking in the ways of the world (see 2 Chron. 36:15-16; Jer. 7:25-26; 25:4-7; Ezek. 16; Matt. 23:1-39; Acts 7:51-53; 1 Thess. 2:14-16). The national rejection and crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:22-23; Acts 2:22-23; 4:27-28), Israel’s promised Messiah (Deut. 18:15; Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7;53; 61:1; Matt. 1:1, 17; Luke 1:31-33), is their greatest failure. Did Israel act alone in crucifying Jesus, their Messiah? No! God foretold Israel’s Messiah would suffer and die (Ps. 22:11-18; Isa. 53); and, according to His sovereignty, He used wicked men, both Jews and Gentiles, to accomplish His will (Acts 22:22-23; 4:27-28).
If it be inquired, as constantly it is, who put Christ to death? It may be pointed out that He was offered by the Father (Ps. 22:15; John 3:16; Rom. 3:25), of His own free will (John 10:17; Heb. 7:27; 9:14; 10:12), by the Spirit (Heb. 9:14), and by men—Herod, Pilate, the Gentiles, and Israel (Acts 2:23; 4:27). To this may be added that part of His death was contributed by Satan (cf. Gen. 3:15).
Israel struggles with God and is disoriented.
They get confused on what loving shepherding is, and can mistake it for antisemitism. The problem with Israel not knowing how to solve antisemitism, is that they don't know God's word. I've read a lot on Jewish sites/holocaust education sites that portray the religion of Christianity and the word of god very negative. It's also often incorrect or from a Jewish perspective which isn't a complete view. Communication is the only way to solve any misunderstanding, but Judaism doesn't want to listen to a Christian perspective. That can only last for so long, until it's no longer functional.
Antisemitism is not caused by the New Testament, Christian doctrine, or beliefs that Jesus was killed by the Jews. If that is being used as a means for anti-semitism, it is a wrong understanding or representation of Scripture. God caused the death and resurrections of the messiah. There are dark and grievous period of history and antisemitism, which in order to truly fix, need to be understood as antisemitism needs to stop, and Israel can not accurately see how to fix it. Their messiah Jesus Christ is the only answer, but it's up to them when it occurs. Nothing like the holocaust should ever happen again, and it's up to Judaism to openly talk about it with whom may not agree with them, not just those who do agree with them.
Resurrection is the key word-
meaning, Jesus is living and active today
through the Holy Spirit and body of Christ,
the spirit of truth.
Any governing policies in today's society that counteracts the spirit of truth causes disruption. God uses the body of Christ as vessels for the spirit of truth.
God, who loves Israel with an everlasting love, continues to keep His word to them. Israel has a future hope because of the promises and covenants God made through the patriarchs and prophets (Gen. 12:1-3; 15:18; 17:8; Deut. 30:1-10; 2 Sam. 7:16; Ps. 89:33-37; Jer. 31:31-33). Though unbelieving Israel is currently under divine discipline (Matt. 23:37-39), God’s covenants and promises are still in effect (Rom. 9:1-5), and will remain in force until Jesus returns and is accepted as their Messiah.
It is wrong to think the church has replaced Israel, for “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew” (Rom. 11:2), even though there is a “partial hardening” among them until Messiah returns (Rom. 11:25-27). Until then, unbelieving Israel is under spiritual darkness and divine judgment. The apostle Paul—a biological Jew himself—revealed that God’s promises and covenants are still valid for national Israel, and wished all would come to faith in Christ.
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart [for unbelieving Israel]. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh [to whom Paul is related biologically], who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh [i.e. Messiah], who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. (Rom. 9:1-5)
Those who have the privilege of being witnesses to
the truth, have a responsibility to the truth.
Today, Jews and Gentiles alike,
become partakers of the church, the body of Christ,
when they believe in Jesus as their Savior
(Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 1:22-23; cf. 1 Cor. 10:32).
The church is looking forward to the return of Christ,
in which He will catch away
(ἁρπάζω harpazo – to seize, catch up, snatch away)
Christians to heaven (1 Thess. 4:13-17).
Until God resumes His prophetic plans for Israel,
the Christian is called to love them, pray for them,
and share the gospel of grace
that they may turn to Jesus as the Christ and be saved
(Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 15:3-4).
Antisemitism has only one sure antidote:
the perfect love of Messiah that “casts out fear”
(1 John 4:18).
The question “who are the seed of Abraham?”
can be answered several ways,
and it is important to make some distinctions. There is the Seed of Abraham (Seed being singular); there is the seed of Abraham physically (descendants of Abraham according to the flesh); and there is the seed of Abraham spiritually(those who, like Abraham, have faith in God).
The (singular) Seed of Abraham is Christ, as Galatians 3:16, quoting Genesis 12:7, says, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many people, but ‘and to your seed,’ meaning one person, who is Christ.” The passage goes on to explain that an inheritance was promised to Abraham’s Seed (Christ) apart from the Law. Later, the Mosaic Law was introduced, but it did not annul the promises made to Abraham or to Abraham’s Seed (Christ).
There is a "mystery" the Bible speaks of in regard to ethnic Israel,
but when the signs of Christ's return are near,
it is clear that the Gospel
must be preached to the Jew first
Another indication -why it hasn't been preached to Israel before-
out of respect,
yet the time has come.
Just as Abraham believed
God and his faith was counted as righteousness
so are all today
who believe in God’s Son justified
apart from the Law.
In this way, Abraham is the “father” of all who believe
(Romans 4:11–17). “If you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise”
Of course, the seed of Abraham can also refer to the Hebrew people who descended from Abraham through Isaac. Still more broadly, the seed of Abraham could include Arabs, who trace their lineage through Ishmael. This is the physical seed of Abraham.
The spiritual seed of Abraham
(believers in Jesus Christ)
is comprised of people of
all nationalities and ethnicities.
The Jewish religious leaders of the first century
in that they were Abraham’s seed.
They saw their physical connection to Abraham as a guarantee
of God’s favor.
This attitude kept them from seeing their need
for repentance of the heart--
and brought condemnation from John the Baptist,
who warned them to repent.
Anticipating their fallback argument that they were the seed of Abraham, John said, “Do not think you can say to yourselves,
"We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham”
Jesus dealt with the same issue later.
In speaking to the unbelieving Jews,
Jesus emphasized their need to receive His words as truth
and obey His commands.
They replied, “We be Abraham’s seed”
(John 8:33, KJV).
Jesus then rebukes them for plotting ways to murder Him;
their stubborn response was again,
“Abraham is our father”
At this, Jesus makes a distinction between the physical seed of Abraham
and the true, spiritual seed of Abraham:
“If you were Abraham’s children . . .
then you would do what Abraham did” (verse 39b).
The conversation heats up as the Jews for a third time
reference their connection to Abraham:
"Are you greater than our father Abraham?”
they ask Jesus (verse 53).
Jesus provokes them further:
“Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day;
he saw it and was glad”
The Jews’ are incredulous that Jesus would claim
to be a contemporary of Abraham,
and that’s when Jesus brings the exchange to a climax with
a claim to full deity:
“Very truly I tell you, . . .
before Abraham was born,
In a fury, the Jews attempted to stone Jesus (verse 59),
again proving that being the physical seed of Abraham is not enough--
they had to be born again (John 3:3).
Paul sums up the difference between the
seeds of Abraham
in Romans 2:28–29:
“A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the
heart, by the Spirit,
not by the written code.
Such a person’s praise is not from other people,
but from God.”
Could you possibly imagine how MUCH Joy and delight
God would have if
his physical seed, also became his spiritual seed?
It's both full and in complete harmony!
Fulfilling "all the words of his law."
Together as one!
Israel returns to the father... Out of the wilderness,
the lost bride, reunited to the bridegroom.
That is God's Story!
So many hills and valleys,
a long and winding journey to the promised land,
reunited and home at last!
The lord is faithfully and patiently waiting for this day,
so that all the nations can rejoice together
in his re-unification with his lost bride, Israel,
his treasured possession,
the apple of his eye!
I ask then, did they stumble so as to fall beyond Recovery?
Why? Because we have Jesus- the forgiver of all sins!
However, because of their trespass,
salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.
But if their trespass means riches for the world,
and their failure means riches for the Gentiles,
How MUCH GREATER
their fullness bring!
Heaven must take Him in until the time comes for the restoration of all things, which God announced long ago through His holy prophets.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
Treasury of ScriptureNow if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? …
And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea…
And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me…