The Jews committed the first genocide.
Of course, when we think of the Jews, we immediately think of the Holocaust of World War II, and the Nazi campaign to eliminate the Jewish population. But, the fact is, there was a time when Jews eliminated others.
In written history, (if the Hebrew scriptures are to be accounted as history), the first recorded case of one group eliminated another group is found in Genesis 34. Two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, slaughtered all the males of a Hivite town in central Cana’an. Call it an ‘honor’ kiling. The war lord of the city had defiled their sister, and they planned and executed the genocide of the whole city. (Their father Jacob was most displease with this action. “Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land,” he complained.) This was some time in the 20th century BC.
Earlier in that same century, Abraham had twice manipulated his political circumstances through the beauty of his wife Sarah (Gen. 12:11; 20:2). These were crises, certainly, but the beauty of Jewish women was becoming an established commodity. In fact, Abraham’s son, Isaac, played the same card with his wife Rebekah (Gen.26:7).
But the reputation of the Jewish God was the real knock-out. The God of this small family was the One apparently known to be the One who claimed to have destroyed the entire human population (save eight) by the Flood. This was not a God most people were anxious to warm up to. Nor were they particularly fond of anyone who claimed to be. This is the God that set a nuclear holocaust on two of the largest, most prosperous cities in Cana’an–Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24,25). And so it seems that the Jewish God had a name for holocaust Himself. Mass genocide was His ultimatum.
And so, before the Jews even get started as a people, their name “stunk.” Their God “stunk.” Their God was violent, and they were violent. (But they had beautiful women!)
And when they did grow into a people, their debut as a nation was marked by astounding disaster and cataclysm. We call it the plagues of Egypt. Mass destruction followed the Jews.
The point here is that, in the view of the non-believer, the non-Jew, or, the heathen, the Jews were a dreaded lot. To encounter them was an ominous risk. It could men unsustainable loss. It could mean annihilation.
The Hebrew God was definitely into genocide, the elimination of masses of people–men, women, children, and even animals. Near the beginning of the 10th century BC, King Saul was commaned to commit such a genocide against the Amalekites (I Samuel 15:3). And this was for what the Amalekites did to the Jews three and a half centuries before! It may have seemed arbitrary to everyone then, but, the Jewish God never forgets, no matter how much time passes. Il grand Siciliano can forgive, but He never forgets.
Yes, and this dreadful, fearful God nevertheless invites all people to come before Him and worship! He wants to be good to people. He wants them to follow His ways. Whatever reputation He created through the Jews, He also made it clear that His throne pertains to all nations (Isaiah 56:6,7). It behooves all ethnicities abroad to come and make their case before the God of the Jews.
So, how do we do that with this ghastly image of Jewish people, and the “death and hell” that follows them? There are some real characters out there we have to deal with, like George Soros, the Rothchilds, even skunks like Bernie Madoff. Why entertain any regard for them or their God? (Never mind their fair women, for the moment.) And what about those pestilential, parasitical monoliths like the Amercian Civil Liberites Union, and the Anti-Defemation League? I’m not sure what these organizations think the source of aversion to Jews is, but, I suggest they might try looking at the Bible. If they want to ban something from public consumption, they’ll have to ban the Bible. The most articulate, anti-Semitic utterances ever made, from the mouth of the heathen, anyway, are in the Bible. Try Ezra 4, when they wrote the Persian emperor in the 5th century BC, after the Jews had returned from Babylon, and had begun to rebuild (4:12,13;15,16):
Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.
Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.
…search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
No question about the Gentile attitude toward Jews in that testimony, is there? Just remember, it’s recorded in the Hebrew scriptures.
The Jews live with complete aversion, always. That seems to be the price of their God. Yet, they prosper. That’s one of the benefits. “The Lord was with Jacob.” “The Lord was with Joseph.” The Lord is doing something in the world, His way, in His time. We’ll just have to live with that. If an occasional Jews becomes piquantly annoying, like Bernard Lewis, who is denying the Christian Armenian “holocaust” in his defence of Muslim Turkey; or if an organization like the ACLU, or the ADL, work perpetually to remove Christianity from a nation which was founded by Christians; or even if we personally get shafted or swindled, or otherwise out-smarted by a Jewish person; in the end, what’s the difference? If the Jewish God is indeed the Lord, and hold the keys to eternity, and, moreover, invites each and every human being to become acquainted with Him, and thus to prepare for an everlasting shalom, what does matter if we have continual run-ins with the Jews here and now?
Though the liberal Jews have sought desperately to change the Jewish image (with a couple of millennia to support their bid), the fact is, the Jewish people are not pacifists. The Jews are a warrior race. Even todays Jews, who tend to use their pens rather than their swords, are the still the decendents of profound aggressors. The Jews are always making a move in the world.
This is the Jew of the Bible. This is the God of the Bible. Now, there cousins, the Arabs, and their make-believe, rip-off religion, think to compete with the Jews; but they will never succeed. The rest of the races in the world can only watch the conflict. In a way, we can choose sides. Yes, we can even support one or the other.
Personally, I chose the Jews. I chose the Jewish God. No, I’m not Jewish. But, I regard Jesus, the Jewish folk rabbi, as the Speaker of the House, so to “speak.” I consider His efforts a personal invitation to join the ranks of the Israel of God. Jesus is for Gentiles, in a way. If we have any portion in the Lord, it is by His bloody provision. The invitation has always been from the God of all nations, but, our place at the table was bought with a very, very high price. Why refuse? The food is tops.
In the meantime, we are behooved to abide with the Jews here and now. They are here. They cannot be removed. There are those who have tried to remove them, and those maniacs end in ineffable infamy. Not the right take on the Jews.
And finally, there’s that crazy matter of Jewish women. What happened there at the end of Job’s life, that story of incomprehensible irony, frustration, and anger? (Job 42:15.) He was given a second family. And this one apparently beat the other one. The chief distinction?
And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
So, I guess that’s it. Beautiful women. Our only recess in this whirlwind of agonies down here on earth. Whatever it is, however superficial it is, and whatever tortures of its own that come with it, the beauty of a woman is apparently some necessary and healthy diversion, to say the least.
It’s been part of the Jewish story from the very beginning. Beautiful women, and violence. Personal love, and mass holocaust. Is this some mystical balance? Are these things in any way related? Who knows?
The next time you see a beautiful Jewish woman, just think about the Bible. Think about the God. And be cool about Jewish people.