The worst, and most basic sin against the Jews is when the Gentile reads the Bible, and believes he would have behaved differently.
The Bible is full of horrific accounts of Jewish rebellion against God, of intense collective aversion to the Law, and of public mockery of divine things; the scriptures are replete with a continual, studied failure of Jewish people to maintain even a semblance of genuine spirituality; the record of the Jews is tragic. But the greater tragedy is the thought that any other people would have done better. The greatest delusion of the Gentiles is that they would have performed more admirably.
It may be a natural reaction to the phenomenon of reading a silent page. The reader is automatically objective, sitting in judgment, and outside the experience depicted in written words. But, inasmuch as the Torah clearly exposes profound anti-Semitism in the heathen (Exodus 15:16, 23:27; Deuteronomy 2:25, 11:25), it is perfectly safe to say that the Gentile judges the Jew–most aversely, and, most wrongly.
A most singular, Jewish moment. Exodus 31:18.
It is the height of presumption for the Gentile to have even the notion, or the slightest intuition, that he would have behaved in a superior manner.
Christians, for example, cannot fathom how the children of Israel could have abandoned morality at the foot of Sinai, and ‘orgied’ themselves into an idolatrous frenzy so soon after seeing the flaming mountain, and hearing the very voice of the Almighty out of the fire, and feeling the earth tremble beneath them. How could the Jewish (Hebrew) people have denied their shocked senses so quickly? Has the miraculous no staying power at all? Is the polemical value of a miracle so unstable?
No. It is human nature that is ambivalent. Thus, all is equivocal.
The population of Israel was about 1.5 million at Sinai. They had grown up in Egyptian slavery (coerced labor). Miraculously delivered, they were led out into a monstrous wilderness, without the most basic natural resources as water, or food. Sinai was a cataclysmic event, to be sure, but, then Moses went up into the mountain for over a month. Their leader abandoned them. They were lost in completely unknown and harsh land, and overcome with fear. They don’t know where they are or where they are going, or what is to become of them. It was all terribly bizarre.
Survival instincts arose and prevailed. “Return to Egypt!” was the overwhelming sentiment–no doubt urged by the half-breed (“mixed”) multitude among them (cf. Exodus 12:38; Numbers 11:4). Moses had been gone forty days. That is a long time for a mass of people to remain immobile, without supplies or direction. They were stuck. The motive for patience was far outweighed by the fear of want and the anxiety of uncertainty.
Mass fear and depression became mass resolve. The appropriate response? Party! Let’s party like there is a tomorrow. We’re going back home! Enough of this aimlessness, and the oppression of nothingness. With resolute purpose, the people partied–hard.
The big party, the human solution to all ills. Hardly a Jewish invention.
Then Moses returned. The man of God, with the light of Heaven shining from his face (34:29,30), pronounced the truth of the matter. The people had blasphemed the Lord and broken the covenant.
But who would have done otherwise, given the circumstances?
We are the Jews. We are the children of Israel. They are the portion of humanity displayed before us as representative. They are on the playing field. They are our team.
But somehow, we don’t support them?! We “boo” them! We denounce them! We call them the losers! The rest of us think we’re better! We actually think we’re a grade above them. Indeed, many people think the Jews are the worst people in the world, the most fallen, the most degraded.
The equivocality of human observation is thus proclaimed. The failure of the human heart is pronounced. Forsooth, all have sinned, and come short of the glory (Romans 3:23). But that a large portion of the human race would think that it comes less short, is anathema. That the Gentile would think himself more qualified, more advanced in morality, is more shameful than any failure or delusion of which he accuses the Jew.
Be it resolved, then, as of 2013, this site, BadEagle.com, will disdain the preeminence of pagan pride. BadEagle.com will eschew the arrogance of heathen presumption.
The predilections of Jewish conspiracy over the world, the Jewish bankers, the Jewish media, etc., are perhaps a different circumstance in modernity, apart from the original function of the children of Israel. But, our resolved remains. The thought that we would do differently is ghastly. The Gentile cannot sit in judgment of the Jew. It is intolerable irony.
And the bit about the Lord wanting to destroy Israel and to start over at Sinai (Exodus 32:9,10)? Remember it was Moses through whom He proposed the regeneration. It would have been a new Jewish people, still. So, let’s not be completely silly and denounce Jews as inevitably less worthy than ourselves.
The same is true for Christ. What? We think we would have received Jesus Christ, back then? Now we’re being hilarious.
I say, beware sin against the Jews. It’s in the heart, not in the dollar.