Massacres Of Jews....A Short History
Chosen now for what?
Chosen by I Am, He chose.
Chosen to suffer?
Jewish history has been a stormy one, perhaps unlike that of any other religious people.
Pogroms and Massacres to this day:
The persecution of Jews began well before the crucifixion of Jesus The Christ, at least nearly 600 years before his birth which we celebrate in December each year.
With Babylon's conquering of Judea, most Jews who survived the conquest and destruction of their temple were scattered or were carried off as captives.
Jews have been massacred, had their houses of worship and sacred books burned, and have been expelled. or subject to ongoing persecution at the hands of many nations and peoples.
While Jews are not alone as recipients of such persecution and rejection, even here in the United States which prides itself on constitutional protections the Constitution gave Latter-day Saint faithful no redress either. Jews have a long history of being battered, beaten, bloodied, and even gassed for being who others perceived them to be....not necessarily who they actually are (more like them than truly different.)
December of each year typically includes Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, also called the Feast of Lights (in 2014 from December 16 to Christmas Eve) This celebration features the lighting of a minora's candles in a daily progression from one to eight for at least a half hour after nightfall. A ninth candle above or below the other eight is for illumination or for use in lighting the other candles.
Typically the minora is visible through a window of a Jewish home that celebrates Hanukkah, but in times of persecution its candles may be lit in an area of the home which cannot be seen from the outside.
In 2014, even in Israel, Jews are under attack for their beliefs and as a people. Muslims in the Middle East label non-believers as infidels, none more so than Jews and Isreali Jews in particular.
I had often wondered why a people supposedly chosen of God should have suffered such inhuman atrocities from the Nazis during what became World War II. Their sufferings arose from Adolf Hitler's extreme hatred of the Jews. In fact his hatred was so intense that he wanted nothing to do with what he labeled "Jewish science" to include nuclear physics which held the likely possibility of an atomic bomb.
What might have been the sufferings of the Allied powers and western civilization, if Hitler and the Japanese had had first access to nuclear weapons? Both countries were attempting to create nuclear weapons at the end of the war. Both had started later than the United States.
Could it be that just as God sacrificed His own son that mankind might have eternal life, He also sacrificed many of His chosen people so that a tolerant Judaism and Christianity might survive? I accept that possibility for a suffering that otherwise would remain incomprehensible to me.
And, if Hitler had had the atomic bomb first, what would also have happened to the Jews?
Could there be similar reasons for other Jewish sufferings as a chosen people?
If you have access to a computer, enter the search phrase "Timeline of Jewish Persecutions" and you will find that the World War II holocaust was not the first one, and you will quickly see the long trail of persecutions Jews have suffered over the centuries (and down to today's assassinations at the hands of ISIS/ISIL) all as God's chosen people,
The psalmist wrote long ago: "For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter." (Psalm 44:22)
Jesus told his disciples: "Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22) He added: "Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? (Matthew 20:22)
Isaiah prophesied that "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities." (Isaiah 53:5)
Eventually there must come an end to mankind's sufferings at the hands of other men. Only God knows that time.
Can there be a better time, however, to pray for that end, than in this season when Jews celebrate the re-dedication of their temple in Jerusalem, and Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace?
[Note: Just after Jews and Christians celebrate their holy days, Muslims around the world will both rejoice and mourn their prophet who was born and died on the same day of the year to be celebrated in 2015 on Saturday, January 3rd by Sunni Muslims, and on Thursday, January 8th by Shia Muslims.]
Will the earth's people one day have a night of rest and lasting peace?
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A prayer for peace....
- A Prayer For Mankind
A Christian prayer for mankind to strive toward greater harmony and peace in this world in keeping with God's will and His wisdom.