The “Longest and Deepest Hatred of Human History”
All racism is evil, but there is something different and more insidious about anti-Semitism. Hatred of the Jewish people has a long and abhorrent history with demonic roots.
Edward H. Flannery writes, “Anti-Semitism is the longest and deepest hatred of human history.” Why has there been such widespread Jew hatred throughout history? And why have the Jewish people been singled out? The reason is theological. To put it simply, anti-Semitism is the most critical arena of spiritual warfare there is.
The Bible is clear: God loves both Israel and the Jewish people (Deut. 7:6-9; Jer. 31:3; Rom. 11:2, 29). Anti-Semitism has one cause—Satan. Israel plays a crucial role in God’s redemptive plan for the world. Therefore, Satan seeks to thwart God’s plan by concentrating his efforts on destroying the Jewish people.
During the Jewish holiday of Purim, we celebrate God’s protection of Esther and His chosen people. The story of Esther tells about Haman, who plotted to eradicate the Jewish people from the Persian Empire. Haman convinced the king to pass an edict to “destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children” (Est. 3:13).
Haman is a picture of how Satan has prompted individuals throughout history to attempt to eradicate the Jewish people. Pharaoh, Antiochus IV, Herod the Great and Adolf Hitler all attempted to thwart God’s plan of redemption by killing the Jewish people. Like Haman, these men also failed in their plots, because the nation of Israel is as permanent as the foundation of God’s creation (Jer. 31:35-37).
Satan’s plot became even more sinister when he began using Christianity as the vehicle to persecute the Jewish people.
While Satan has failed to destroy the Jewish people, he has not failed to drive a wedge between Israel and the Gospel as a result of the cruelty of those who have gone by the name of “Christian.” As a result, much of the Jewish world is reticent to consider the claims of Jesus as the Messiah. Those of us who have discovered life through Jesus have encountered resistance from our friends and family because they frequently view us as traitors, brainwashed by the enemy. …
What a great opportunity we have as followers of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus! By joining our Jewish friends and family in withstanding any encroachment of anti-Semitism in our society, we demonstrate through our actions that we love the Jewish people. Our efforts to stand with the Jewish people against anti-Semitism, whenever and wherever it rises, gives concrete expression to our belief that it was God’s choice to create a people for His glory and purposes. This can only lead to a deeper and more profound witness to the Jewish people.
As believers in Jesus, we must denounce anti-Semitism not only as racism, but also as sin and a great evil. Let’s not be silent—for the sake of the Jewish people and our Jewish Messiah.