The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27— the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau —as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
One has to ask, in point of fact there has been more than one rabbi ponder: How is it that so many of Moses' people were caught up in the Holocaust? Where was God during all that? Why didn't He step in and do something to protect His chosen people like in the book of Esther?
To find an answer one need look no further than Ex 34:6-7, Lev 26:3-38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:1-69. In other words: the Jews, as a people, brought it on themselves in accordance with the covenant that their ancestors agreed upon with God per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
A covenant is essentially a contract. Well; if God were to fail to fulfill His end of the agreement; then He would be in breach of contract; which is not only unethical, but also uncivil. Long story short: the covenant requires Him to lower the boom on His people for failure to honor their end of the agreement; and you can see the extent of the damage for yourself in the scripture references in the above paragraph.
There are numerous blessings that God is contractually obligated to fulfill too; so the covenant isn't all one-sided; viz: compliance with the covenant accrues blessings; while breaching the covenant accrues curses. Anybody who has read the Old Testament can attest that God came down on His own people quite often for breaching the covenant; and just as often quite cruelly. The curses that Lev 26:3-38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:1-69 list are very disturbing; and when examining them, one cannot help but realize they're reading a synopsis of the Jews' biblical history.
The status of God's chosen people has its advantages; but also its disadvantages; viz: the status of God's chosen people is not something to be proud of; but rather, something to be afraid of because the covenant's God is not the kind of judge influenced by favoritism. No; if anything, Moses' people run the risk of being judged even more severely than Gentiles because of their privileged position and the insider's knowledge they were given of His likes and dislikes.
● Amos 3:1-2 . . Hear this word that The Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying: You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
This is an ancient principle illustrated not only in the Jews' history, but also taught by Christianity.
● Luke 12:47-48 . .That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be required.
FAQ: Do you mean to say there are actually Christians out there believing it was the Jews' own fault that they were rounded up like cattle, stripped of their dignity, their property, their wealth, and their possessions, enslaved, starved, deprived of basic human necessities, tortured, subjected to Frankenstein medical experiments, worked to death, and gassed, shot, and incinerated by the millions?
REPLY: If the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God is binding; then yes; the Jews, as a corporate people, are definitely at fault for what happened to them.
The covenant obligates God to protect them from misfortune when they're compliant with it; but the same time the covenant also obligates Him to lower the boom on them when they're not compliant with it. There's really no mystery to this: it's all spelled out in black and white at Ex 34:6-7, Lev 26:14-38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:15-69. (cf. Deut 29:14-28)
If there is only one good thing to come out of the Holocaust is that it proves to the world that God is reliable, viz: He can be trusted to honor His commitments.
FAQ: How can it possibly be that God would cause an event whose collateral damage led to the deaths of all those other people too besides the Jews?
REPLY: We're not saying God engineered the Holocaust. All we're saying is: He stood by and did nothing to prevent a number of His own people being taken in it. In other words: the essential thing that Moses' people brought upon themselves was the loss of God's providence. I think God took advantage of Hitler's agenda as an opportunity; viz: a convenient means of throwing His people to the wolves like He did in the Old Testament with Nebuchadnezzar.
FAQ: Supposing there is no one to blame for the loss of Jewish life in the Holocaust but the Jews themselves? If so; then how many of them would've had to breach the covenant to put them all in so much danger?
REPLY: It's surprising how few Jews it takes to ruin it for all the rest. For example the incident at Ai in the 7th chapter of Joshua. The insubordination of one insignificant Jewish man-- just one --caused God to stop assisting Joshua's army in battle. As a result, 36 men were needlessly killed in action; and ultimately capital punishment was inflicted upon not only the insubordinate man himself, but also his sons and his daughters. God's accusation? "Israel has sinned" (Josh 7:11)
See that? God didn't accuse the perpetrator; no; He accused Israel. In other words: in that particular incident; the sin of just one Jew under Joshua's command became the sin of all the Jews under his command; viz: the whole kit and caboodle-- lock, stock, and barrel; and Israel could proceed no further with its conquest of Canaan until the guilty man was executed.
And then there's this incident:
● 2Sam 21:1 . . Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said: It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.
Joshua agreed to a non-aggression pact with the Gibeonites during the conquest of Canaan (Josh 9:3-16). Saul, when king, dishonored the pact. He apparently got away with it; but not his countrymen, no; God slammed them for what Saul did; and that posthumously..
I can't imagine what just one Jew would have to do in order to bring about the deaths of six million of his fellows; but if a whole bunch of them throughout the world were breaching the covenant all at the same time, I guess that could become a sort of force-multiplier.
Another possibility is that the generation caught by the Holocaust, was caught not only due to their own breaches of the covenant, but also due to breaches committed by generations preceding them.
● Ex 34:6-7 . . Then The Lord passed by in front of Moses and proclaimed: The Lord, The Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness and truth; who keeps loving-kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished: visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.
That statement is included in the covenant, so God is morally obligated to honor it lest He be found in breach of contract. But it just goes to show that sins have a way of snow-balling from one generation to the next till the snowball is so big that it triggers an act of God; which is disturbing because it tells me that it's not impossible that the Jews of today are endangering the Jews of tomorrow by their current breaches of the covenant-- breaches that according to Ex 34:6-7, God will by no means sweep under the rug.
Wouldn't it be awful if the next Holocaust took place right inside the Jews' own homeland? I sincerely believe that Saddam Hussein's SCUDS were a wake-up call. Next time; incoming missiles just may contain nuclear warheads instead of high explosives; and many among Moses' people will be poisoned to death with radiation instead of pesticide.
* According to stats I found online: as of May 01, 2022, the State of Israel has experienced 4,076,111 cases of Covid 19 resulting in 10,695 deaths; and a very large percentage of those cases are fully vaccinated. Why hasn't their God's covenanted providence been protecting His people from this new disease?
I believe it's okay to pity the Jews per Lam 1:12; but I do not believe it is appropriate to let them get away with playing the victim all the time; the meanwhile diverting attention away from their own chronic failure to honor the covenant in a manner consistent with God's requirements.
FAQ: If true that the Jews, as a people, brought the Holocaust upon themselves in accordance with the language of the covenant that their ancestors agreed upon with God; then why don't they own up to it instead of always going about playing the victim and acting so indignant?
REPLY: Well; sad to say: the Jewish people, on the whole, are famous for their obtuse attitudes; not only in the Bible; but in real life too. It's so common and so chronic that we're forced to conclude that their attitudes are actually quite systemic. Finding a Jew who will admit they are wrong-- wrong about anything --is like searching for the Loch Ness monster and the lost city of Atlantis.
The average John Que and Jane Doe Jew is so defensive, so reactive, so stiff-necked, so adamant, so self-righteous, so arrogant, and so infected with a chosen-people superiority complex; that they simply cannot tolerate criticism; not even criticism coming straight from the mouth of the very God with whom they boast an elite association; for example:
NOTE: The Jews are God's people in accordance with an unconditional covenant that He made with Abraham. (Gen 17:7-8)