Yesterday in part 1 of Don’t Mess With The Jews I made this statement:“If the United States doesn’t cultivate and maintain friendly and supportive relations with Israel, the U.S. will lose. Common sense and history tell us that messing with Israel, opposing Israel, attacking Israel, threatening Israel, or siding with Israel’s enemies will end in loss and ultimate destruction for those who rise up against God’s people.”
We can trace the premise for Don’t Mess With The Jews back to the birth of Ishmael, the illegitimate son born to Abraham and Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant. Because Sarah mistreated Hagar, she ran away.
The Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress. I will so increase your descendants that they will be so numerous to count . . .You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael. The Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
Ishmael fathered 12 sons who became leaders of the nations that would eventually become Israel’s enemies They remain Israel’s enemies to this day.
Esau On The Outs
Isaac, the legitimate son born to Abraham and Sarah, became the Progenitor of the Jewish people. Isaac and his wife Rebekah had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Esau, the first born son sold his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob, for a bowl of soup. When Esau realized Isaac had given his blessing to Jacob, Esau asked his father for a blessing. But Isaac told Esau,
“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” Genesis 27:39-40 (NIV)
Esau married foreign brides, which alienated Isaac and Rebekah even more. Esau finally went to Ishmael and married his sister in addition to the foreign wives he already had.
Esau became the progenitor of the Edomites, who became enemies of the Jews.
The descendants of the 12 tribes of Ishmael make up the countries surrounding Israel today. They all despise the Jews and remain their enemies.
God’s Response To Edom
If we read God’s word though, we discover several instances where God dealt with Israel’s enemies. In Obediah we read what the Lord told the prophet about the fate of Edom.
“. . .everyone on Esau’s mountain (Edom) will be cut down. Because of the violence against your brother, Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever.. . .You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in their day of trouble
For the day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
The house of Esau (Edom) will be stubble and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau. From the book of Obadiah.(NIV)
You can read other accounts in God’s Word about the way God dealt with enemies of His chosen people.
For another great example of the way God dealt with Israel’s enemies, read 2 Chronicles chapter 20. In that chapter a vast army came against the Israelites. God told them to let Him handle it and He did. Israel’s enemies turned on each other and killed everyone in all the enemy armies. It took the Jews three days to carry off all the spoils from their enemies.
In the U.S. we have a history of not learning from history. However, the Bible is clear. Despite the rebellion and the grumbling and the sin and the disobedience, the Jews are God’s people and He is their God. He will protect them, guide them, and preserve them.
On Mount Zion will be deliverance; it (Mt. Zion, Israel) will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance.
If we’re smart, as a nation, as followers of Jesus, as the Bride of Christ we’d better not mess with the Jews. They are God’s people and, as He promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and those who curse you will be cursed.” Genesis 12:3.
“Why will God’s judgment fall on all the nations? Edom was not the only nation to rejoice at Judah’s fall. All nations and individuals will be judged for the way they have treated God’s people.¹
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¹Life Application Bible, NIV © 1988 Tyldale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Ill. pg. 57. note at v. 15.