Thoughts on Holocaust Denial…. and the “Apple of God’s Eye”

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I am currently quite close to the end of the Old Testament once more in my daily reading. This morning I read from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah, in Chapter 2: “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.” (Verses 8-13)

This phrase “the apple of your eye” is used commonly today to refer to someone you cherish – and there is no doubt about the fact that the Lord held His ancient chosen people, those who were obedient amongst the Jews, in this esteem. This chapter is also prophetic of the promise of the Messiah – Jesus our Lord and Saviour; and today, for all those amongst the nations (whether of Jewish ethnicity or not) who accept Him as Lord and Saviour, we are “the apple of His eye.” In this regard I believe it is true to say that offences may come – but the Lord’s judgement will ultimately fall upon those who are responsible for these offences. (Luke 17v1)

Later on I coincidentally heard a lady speak on the radio of her court battle with a “Holocaust denier.” Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I thought: “For a historian or public figure to go out of his way to try to prove that the Holocaust ‘never happened’ must surely take up a lot of valuable time, money and energy. So why would they do it?” I researched just a few of the many well-known personalities who are so strangely adamant that the Holocaust never happened and found that they all had one very obvious trait in common… anti-Semitism. However, to research the psyche of the deniers would take much longer and would perhaps take up much more than just a few paragraphs…

To tell an escapee from Daesh, or a person who has been mugged and robbed that it ‘has never happened’ is a hurtful and spiteful attack on the credibility of that person and the very real traumatic experience which has impacted his or her life. I can only imagine how the (now very elderly) victims of the holocaust must feel when they hear the derogatory words of a denier about a very real pogrom which was directed at millions of their people. The horror of those memories and the extent of those evil offences are still a very real part of their lives too, whether sleeping or awake. Jesus said: “Woe unto the world because of offences!  for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” (Matthew 18v7)

Furthermore, despite what some would have us believe; real Christians, those born again of the Spirit of God have this one thing in common: their love for the Jewish people. It has been recorded in history that “Christians” at one time persecuted the Jews. However, those by whom offences came throughout this world’s turbulent history may have called themselves “Christians,” but they most certainly were not.

How wonderful that the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, of David’s royal line, still stands today with arms outstretched to all individuals of the nations of the world – whatever their background. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3v14)

I also believe that it is significant in these dramatic days in which we live, that a very great number of Jewish people are coming to see the truth of this beloved Messiah who loved them and gave Himself for them and indeed for all the world. Only He can bring healing to troubled minds in the wake of terrifying experiences and only He can break down the barriers that divide mankind. To those who truly know Him as their personal Lord and Saviour, Paul says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3v28&29)

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