“For you (Jewish people) are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2).
For many centuries and throughout the world hatred of the Jews has been a recurring tragedy. From the early wars against the Jews to the Spanish inquisition, through the holocaust and to the 21st century, the Jewish people have been persecuted, driven from their homes, starved, hated, punished and even put to death. What are the possible reasons for this terrible smear on those who hate these people?
- It could be that numerous non-Jews resent the fact of God’s
choice of these, His people. In other words, envy, which leads to hate.
- It could also be that since the Jews were the bearers of the moral Law, those who wanted to live lawlessly resented those who brought morality and sought to live it out. (Unfortunately, not all Jews are moral; neither are all Gentiles for that matter)!
- A final possible reason: Satan has always hated God and His people (Jews as well as Christians). He has thus sought to destroy them since he cannot destroy God!
We must be very careful not to hate the Jew (or anyone else, as far as that goes). As a matter of fact, on several occasions God promises to bless those who bless the Jew (Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18, etc.). In other words, bless the Jew and God will bless you!
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 12:3)
since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? (Genesis 18:18)
In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:18)