Posted by: jiminmontana | February 2, 2011

Why should Christians befriend Jews?

I’ve had a couple of h8ful comments come in from h8ers of the Jewish people.  It seems that Europe (in general) is returning to that old animosity for Jews.  This is — ultimately — Satanic in origin, because he has always been against God’s Chosen People.

No people-group has been so consistently hounded to death through genocidal evil as has the Jew.  The fact that the Jewish people still thrive is PROOF that God lives — and knows how to keep His promises.

To Abram, God said, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who ______ you.”  Let’s fill in the blank.

Gen 12:2 NKJV – I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
Gen 12:3 NKJV – I will bless (barak) those who bless (barak) you, And I will curse (arar) him who curses (qalal) you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

In most English translations, it looks like a typical parallel, but it is NOT.  To “arar” someone is to curse them with some vexation.  To “qalal” someone is to minimize, marginalize, diminish, besmirch, or belittle them.  Young’s Literal Translation is very helpful here, pointing out two big differences.

Gen 12:2 YNG – And I make thee become a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
Gen 12:3 YNG – And I bless those blessing thee, and him who is disesteeming thee I curse, and blessed in thee have been all families of the ground.’

First, deal with verse 3 — It is saying that God curses those people and nations which treat Jews and Israel without honor.  The Lord has chosen to honor the Jewish people, so everyone who is wise will get with that program.

Now verse 2:  “Be thou a blessing.”  Abraham was blessed by the Lord because Abraham agreed with YHVH to “be a blessing” to others.  Not that he did it perfectly, but he wanted to be God’s man in the world.  And the Lord worked righteousness through his life.  Therefore, it follows that “in Abraham have all the families of the world become blessed”, ultimately through Messiah.

But the Lord is not done with the Jewish people.  Although YHVH has set the Jews aside for now (in order that the nations might become the Bride of Messiah), God the Father will once again woo His Wife (remember Hosea’s troubles with his wife the prostitute) unto Himself, and Israel will be glorified as the Queen-mother of the nations.  When the apostle took the Gospel “to the Jew first, and then the Greek”, this was not just a temporal concern of “let’s meet with the Jews before we preach to the Gentiles.”  It was this, but it was more than this.  It is correct for us to consistently PREFER the Jews among us.  Bless them primarily.  Bless the Jew primarily in every way.  If you get your feelings hurt by a grumpy Jew — as people who have been hunted to near extinction do tend to be a bit crabby — deal with it.  In a way, your feelings about this issue are really unimportant.

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi, the mother-in-law — she was a grumpy Jewess.  But Ruth, the Gentile of hated Moab, clung to Naomi with undaunted devotion.  Let us be like Ruth and make her our best example of how best to love those Jews we find in the world.  When Naomi pressed Ruth to go back to Moab and to forget Israel, Ruth made that famous and beloved oath:

“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” — Ruth 1:16-17

Although vowed between two women in Scripture, we Gentiles often use this formula in our marriages today.  Even so, let us Gentiles apply this principle of unshakable devotion to Jews: they are our spiritual mothers-in-law.  Moreover, just as the gentile Ruth was the one who introduced Boaz (the kinsman-redeemer and hero of the story) to Jewish Naomi, it is incumbent upon Gentiles today to introduce our Hero, Messiah, to those Jews who have not met Him yet.  Strange as it seems, usually it is the testimony and influence of  gentile Christians who introduce Jews to Messiah — their own kinsman-redeemer.

In the very last days of this era, the Spirit of God will inspire 144,000 Jews to become missionaries to the rest of Israel and to the world.  Imagine 144,000 men and women as wild for the Lord as was John the Baptist.  The Devil cannot deal with that kind of person!  It will be pandemonium, in a good way.  Crazy times ahead.

What It’s Not

Seeking out Jews to bless is not like having a lucky rabbit’s foot.  Although that’s crazy, I have personally  known two Gentiles who decided to be purposefully kind to Jews — so that they could live like the devil with their particular sins of choice — thinking that God would cut them a break.  Maybe He will, but seems nuts to me.

Just get with God’s plan for this world — even if it seems strange.  And be blessed!

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  1. In Islam, Abraham(as) is believed to have been blessed by One non-racist God of Abraham(as),Ishmael(as),Isaac(as).The Arabic word for blessing is barakah, which we recite and remember in Salah Remembrance of One non-racist God five times a day, in connection with Abraham(as).Jew, however is a later word, which doesn’t define non-racist holy personalities of Abraham(as),Ishmael(as),Isaac(as).Jewish disbelievers in true Messiah Son of Mary(as) are considered iniquitous,irreligious and great spiritual enemies of true Messiah Son of Mary(as) by all circumcized Ishmaelite and non-Ishmaelite Believers in true Messiah Son of Mary(as)[Muslim-a word which has the connotations of compliance with the Command of One God like Abraham(as) when He was commanded to execute His son] so we can never agree with their exoneration by Pope for example.This however has not affected our just treatment of Jewish disbelievers, demanded as a religious duty by Islam towards both Jews and Christians, throughout Islamic history in which there are instances when we liberated them from Christian persecution.

    Jews are justified to reject Paulian Christianity due to its anti-unitarianism and antinomianism, but they are not justified in rejecting true Messiah Son of Mary(as). So, only Islam provides them with such a religious framework which is neither anti-unitarian nor antinomian.


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