Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with instruction to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day… Esther 3:13
Attempted genocide of the Jewish people is nothing new.
“70 AD -Roman Army destroyed Jerusalem. Over 1 million Jews killed and 97,000 taken into slavery and captivity, many others scattered.”
“132- The Bar Kochba Rebellion (Bar Kochba was a false Messiah), caused the deaths of 500,000 Jews; thousands were sold into slavery or taken into captivity. Judaism no longer recognized as a legal religion. Israel as a nation was totally destroyed. This was seen as a sign by many Christians that Israel had been rejected by her God, and that the Church was now “the New Israel.”
“1096 The First Crusade was launched. Although the prime goal of the Crusades was to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims, Jews were a second target. In Germany, in the cities along the Rhine River alone, 12,000 Jews were killed. This persecution and slaughter continued for eight additional Crusades until the year 1272.”
“1290- Edward I banishes the Jews from England. 16,000 Jews were forced to leave the country.”
“1348- As the “Black Death” raged in Europe, Jews were blamed for causing the Plague by poisoning wells. About 5,000 Jews were burned alive at the stake. In Bavaria alone, 12,000 Jews perished. Near Tours, an immense trench was dug, filled with blazing wood, and in a single day, 160 Jews were burned.”
“1915- 600,000 Jews were forcibly moved from the western borders of Russia towards the interior. About 100,000 died of exposure or starvation.”
“1939- The Holocaust, the systematic extermination of Jews in Germany and Europe, begins. The process did not end until 1945 with the conclusion of World War II. Some six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, were systematically exterminated simply because they were Jews.” http://www.jewishvoice.org/assets/pdfs/jewish-persecution-in-history.pdf
The above verse out of Esther took place in the 470’s B.C. This evil plot to wipe out the Jewish population was hatched by Haman, the closest trusted advisor to King Ahasuerus. Esther’s uncle, Mordeai, would not bow down to Haman and this infuriated him. Because of that “he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus” (Esther 3:6). The arrogant pride of one man, Haman, led him to deceive the King and have him OK a decree to destroy all the Jewish population, regardless of age or gender.
Today there are many countries surrounding Israel that would like to “drive it into the sea.” The same spirit of genocide toward the Jewish people is alive today and we read or hear about it regularly in the news. Here’s what the Lord God Almighty has said about it— “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3). There are those who would say that this verse does not apply today. Really? Are the nations still being blessed today through the Jewish people? This verse tells us that “All the families” or nations would be blessed through Abraham (Galatians 3:8). That is still happening through our Lord Jesus who came from the Jewish nation. Woe to those who would curse the Jewish people… this verse tells us they will be cursed. May the United States, and any country, take heed to this warning.
Dear Father, You sent Your Son to the Jewish nation first as a Jewish person according to the flesh. Oh, that we would be wise in our attitude toward the Jewish people and all people. May it be so!