Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 102:406 (Apr 1945)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


Editorials

The Jew: A World Issue

One more nation has gone to confusion having persecuted the Jew. How little this Christ-rejecting world believes in or gives attention to the Word of God! They imagine that because of vast numbers and mighty armament God is left far behind if He exists at all, and what He has said weighs not at all. It would have been difficult indeed to have made Hitler believe that his cause and his nation would certainly come to grief if they attacked and destroyed the Jew. It is difficult to make modern Gentiles—even many nominal Christians—recognize the order of cause and effect which God unfailingly imposes when the Jew is attacked. Did God not say to Abraham when promising his vast posterity, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Gen 12:3)? This purpose of God has been in force since Abraham’s day. History faithfully records Jehovah’s faithfulness to His word respecting Abraham’s seed.

The root trouble is that men do not believe that God has an elect nation, a chosen people, a sacred purpose in Israel. It is not to be taken seriously when God says of Israel, “I have chosen thee above all the nations of the earth for my glory,” and “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Just because the Jew is out of his land and away from his covenant blessings under Jehovah’s chastisement, shortsighted and unbelieving men assume that if God ever had a specific purpose for Israel it is outgrown now and only ancient history. The nations have yet to learn that God’s gifts and calling respecting Israel are without repentance. His purpose is never changed.

What confusion has been wrought among so-called Christian nations by the all but universal theological notion that God is done with the Jew or that the promises to Israel are realized in the Church, can never be estimated. People thus indoctrinated look with little sorrow on the massacre of five million Jews and with no sense of the direct challenge to

God which such a massacre really is. Hating the Jew is not the only sin nations commit; but an attack on the Jew is, according to Jehovah’s covenant, to invite a curse.

When the nations have run their course in this age of utter repudiation of God, they are seen to stand for judgment before the throne of Christ’s glory here on the earth and are divided on His right hand and on His left. Their judgment then is of their treatment of the Jew during the Tribulation (Matt 25:31–46, where Christ styles the Jewish nation “my brethren”). It is not accidental that Christ should use the same words as so long ago were ...

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