The Jews, like everyone else, are human beings with strong feelings. They are not pigs, monkeys, or rats to be exterminated as some of their combative relatives believe and teach to their children. The animosity and hatred between Abraham’s sons Ishmael, Isaac, and his six other sons by Keturah (Genesis 25:2), and between Isaac’s sons Esau and Jacob has been going on for about 4,000 years. Our politicians, who think they can force a peace agreement between these groups, need a good lesson in the history of these people to discover why they act as they do (Genesis 16:11, 12). This information is recorded for us in the Scriptures that are God-breathed and accurate (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; John 17:17).

Scriptures.  The Bible tells us in words what God wants us to know.  Some of the Scripture is truth to be believed, and other parts are truths to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9).  Those who don’t interpret the Bible normally (literally, historically, grammatically) will not be able to make much sense of the Bible.  It will seem contradictory.  To help you understand the divisions in Scripture, ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.”  It could help answer a lot of questions you have about the Bible.

Hated.  Ever since God selected Abraham to be the special recipient of His grace and through whom He would bless the nations (Genesis 12:1-3), the devil and his agents have tried to contaminate and/or exterminate them (Revelation 12:1-6). God graciously chose Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and his twelve sons to be the ones through whom the Messiah would come (Genesis 3:15; 22:18; 49:10), and through whom the Scriptures would be given to mankind (Deuteronomy 4:5-8; Romans 3:1, 2; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

Land.  God strategically placed them in a land where several continents converge.  As these people from Gentile nations passed through their land, the Jews were to be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of universal idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43;10-12).  They were supposed to illustrate to all the nations the blessedness of serving the true and living God (Deuteronomy 33:26-29; 1 Chronicles 17:20, 21; Psalm 144:15).

Displaced.  But the Jews failed in their mission and became like the heathen nations around them.  Consequently, God delivered them into the hands of their enemies (the Assyrians and the Babylonians).  The southern two tribes were in captivity in Babylon for 70 years and then were allowed, by a Persian (Iranian) king (Ezra 1:1-11; Nehemiah 2:1-8), to return to the land that God had given to them in an unconditional covenant (Jeremiah 25:11, 12; Daniel 1:1, 2; Genesis 15:18-21).  Those who would like to take this land from them need to be aware of God’s judgment that will befall those who persecute the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3).

Future.  One day, during the literal, millennial reign of Christ on/over the whole earth (Revelation 20:1-6), the meek, believing Jews, who survive the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15-31), will possess all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Matthew 5:5; Genesis 15:18-21).  They and believing Gentiles will repopulate the earth.  This day may soon be here.  There are many indicators that would suggest this as the world stage is being set up for the New World Order.

Feelings.  With all that has happened to the Jews over the last 4,000 years, it’s no wonder that they have mixed emotions.  Through Moses, God clearly spelled out to the Jews what would happen to them if they obeyed God’s Law or if they disobeyed it (Deuteronomy 28).  Today many Jews are agnostics and don’t know about or believe their other Jewish prophets who spoke of Israel’s final restoration to the land (Ezekiel 37-48; Isaiah 40-66; Jeremiah 30-33). A few claim to be atheists.  What does God say about them (Psalm 14:1)? Some are very suspicious and cautious toward other people including other Jews with different world views.  If I were a Jew, I might have some of these feelings:

Pride.  The religious Jews of Christ’s day were very proud of their ancestor Abraham while accusing Jesus of being illegitimate (John 8:33, 41).  Some false teachers today discredit Jesus and don’t believe in His virgin birth either.  Before his conversion, Saul (Paul) was pretty impressed with his own resume (Philippians 3:4-6; Acts 22:3-5). Some Jews thought that God chose them because of their exceptional qualities. But Moses wrote: “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 His oath which He swore to your fathers…” (Deuteronomy 7:7-11). Jeremiah reminded them that their heart was/is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). Isaiah told them that their self righteous works were like filthy rags in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6). Jews and non-Jews have been and always will be saved from eternal condemnation by God’s grace through faith in Him (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Abraham was saved when he believed God who said that He would give him a son in his old age (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3).  Today, people are saved when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who He died for all our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Have you placed your faith in Him alone for your salvation?  Are you depending on your good works too?  If so, stop!

Shame.  Abraham was a great man of faith (Hebrews 11:8-19).  But he lied about his wife Sarah on two occasions. He thought his own life was in danger when Pharaoh and later Abimelech wanted to take her into their harems (Genesis 12:10-20; 20:2). Isaac did the same thing (Genesis 26:7). Jacob was known for his scheming and lied to get the birthright from his older twin, Esau (Genesis 27:24). Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, engaged in a despicable act (Genesis 35:22). Judah, through whom the Messiah was to come (Genesis 49:10; Matthew 1:3), got involved in incest and harlotry (Genesis 38:15-26). King David committed adultery and murdered Bathsheba’s husband (2 Samuel 11). And yet God forgave him when he confessed his sins (Psalm 51).  God’s grace is truly amazing (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Have you responded to it?

Fear.  When Haman tried to exterminate the Jews, Esther (the Jewish queen and wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus), pleaded with the other Jews to fast for three days lest they be wiped out of existence (Esther 3:6; 4:16). In more recent history, the Jews lived in constant fear of being annihilated during the holocaust in Germany. They still are facing those who want to wipe them off the face of the earth. It’s extremely sad to think that there are those within Christendom who believe that there is no future for the nation of Israel.  They falsely believe and say that the Church has taken over the promises that were given to the Jews.  This is called “Replacement Theology.”  Don’t believe it. God has a very bright future in store for the believing Jewish remnant who will survive the time of Jacob’s trouble, known as “The Great Tribulation” (Romans 9:27; Isaiah 2:4; 11:1-16; 35:1-10; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 10:22; 24:21).  You won’t want to be on earth when this happens.  Do you know who will avoid these days?  Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Revelation 3:10.

Anger.  The prophet Jonah got angry at God for sending him to the wicked and cruel Ninevites to warn them of God’s judgment (Jonah 4). He didn’t want God to be merciful to them even though there were 120,000 small children in that city.  Sadly, there are some Jews who don’t want God to be merciful and gracious to anyone other than the Jews (Romans 9:14-24).  Thankfully God has been merciful to both Jews and Gentiles today but most of them have not responded to God with faith in Christ.  Are you angry at God?  If you are, why?

Fury.  One of Israel’s judges, Jepthah, the son of a harlot (Judges 11:1), became furious with his fellow Jews for ridiculing him after he had won a great victory for Israel. He slaughtered 42,000 Jews from the tribe of Ephraim who harassed him (Judges 12:6).

Rage.  The Jews who returned to Israel after their deportation to Babylon faced an angry crowd made up of Samaritans who were half Jewish and half Gentiles (non-Jews). Their lives were threatened as they rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem (Nehemiah 4:7, 8). Some have wondered whether the scourge of World War II may have had some Jewish blood in him.  Who or what motivated Hitler?  Was it the devil or a demon?  The devil took over Judas’ body as soon as he left the upper room, where Jesus and His disciples were observing the Passover, and went to the Jewish leaders to betray Jesus (John 13:27).  The Jewish leaders were engaged against Jesus for claiming to be God and the King of the Jews (John 5:16-18; 8:58, 59; 10:30, 31; Luke 19:14; 23:21).  The devil will empower the Antichrist when he takes control over the whole world after he is killed and raised back to life in the middle of the Tribulation (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10; Revelation 13:2-4).  Can people be demon possessed today?  What about Christians (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; John 14:17)?

Humility.  The Jewish virgin, Mary was deeply grateful for the honor of being selected to be the mother of the promised Messiah (Luke 1:26-33; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). She was qualified in that she came from the line of King David through Nathan (Luke 3:31).  Joseph was the step father of Jesus and came from King Solomon, David’s son (Matthew 1:6). Mary felt unworthy and even acknowledged her own sinfulness, contrary to what one branch of Christendom teaches about her (Luke 1:26-38).

Excitement.  When Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, heard about Mary’s pregnancy, her baby leaped in her womb (Luke 1:41). Her husband, Zacharias the priest, delivered a benediction on Mary’s child (Luke 1:67-79). Anna the prophetess also gave thanks to the Lord for sending a Redeemer to Israel (Luke 2:38). At His second coming, the believing Jewish remnant will rejoice to see their Messiah’s coming to deliver them from annihilation by the Antichrist (Matthew 23:39; 24:15-31; Acts 1:11; Zechariah 12:8-10; Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:11-16).

Deliverance.  Today Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way. Paul, who had been a Jewish rabbi, wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16). The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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