God’s Role in Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is hatred of Jews, for no other reason than that they are Jews.

Only the Bible explains the reason for anti-Semitism that is now increasing rapidly in most countries.

We will look at the following points:
• God’s relationship with the Jewish people.
• The future of Israel
• God’s sentence on anti-Semites
• The message to us all.

God’s special relationship with the Jews.

Abram was later renamed Abraham.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 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.” Genesis 12: 1 – 4

God promised Abraham that if obeyed:

• He would become the father of a great nation.
• God would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him.
• The Saviour of all mankind would be a descendant of Abraham. This was fulfilled when Jesus was born of the royal house of Judah.

Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Although Ishmael was the elder, God’s promises to Abraham would come through Isaac 1. Similarly God had different futures for Isaac’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau 2. Most of the first book of the Bible is the story of Abraham’s family. He is the father of many Middle Eastern peoples but special blessings were promised to descendants of Isaac and his son Jacob who was renamed Israel.

It is not for us to join the generations of Gentiles who have complained that God’s choice is unfair (for the New Testament response read Romans 9:7 – 24).

With the blessings promised to Abraham and his posterity came great responsibility:

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
Isa 43:10

Other peoples were intended to see the advantages that came to the Jewish nation as they reverenced God. Provision was made for Gentiles to become Jews when they were prepared to keep God’s Law 3.

Israel was obliged to choose between Divine blessings for obedience and the curses that would follow non-compliance. These are set out in Deuteronomy chapter 28. Verse 37 says
“you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword
among all nations where the Lord will drive you.”
See also Jeremiah 29:18 and Ezekiel 36:3

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  • Notes:

    1. “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” Genesis 21.12
    2. Genesis 28
    3. For example, Numbers 15:15

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