The Role Of The Covenant
One has to ask, in point of fact there has been more than one rabbi ask: 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?
To find an answer to that question 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 as 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' history.
You know; 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 Yhvh 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.
FAQ: Is the world supposed to believe 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 Frankensteinian medical experiments, worked to death, and gassed, shot, and incinerated by the millions?
A: If the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God is binding; then yes; the Jews, as a people, are definitely at fault for what happened to them. There's really no mystery to this: it's all laid out in black and white at Lev 26:14-38, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:15-69.
FAQ: God caused an event whose collateral damage led to the deaths of all those other people too besides the Jews?
A: 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.
The covenant Moses' people agreed upon with God obligates Him to protect them from misfortune when they're compliant with it; but the same time the covenant also obligates God to lower the boom on them when they're not compliant with it. 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: Supposing we're right; that 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?
A: 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.
In another Old Testament incident; God lowered the boom on 70,000 Jews. What did they do to deserve it? Absolutely nothing. The insubordination of just one Jewish man caused their deaths. King David breached the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God by taking an unwarranted census. As a result; those 70,000 Jews went to their deaths through no fault of their own; it was all on David.
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.
That's pretty scary when you think about it because more than fifty percent of the Jews living in the State of Israel right now today are hiloni (secular). In my estimation, that's easily enough insubordinate Jews all in one place for God to justify bringing down the whole country; and then if you combine those with the number of insubordinate Jews around the rest of the world, including the USA; now you can appreciate just how insecure Israel's future really is.
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 Yhvh passed by in front of Moses and proclaimed: Yhvh, Yhvh 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 really scary 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 Jacob's people will be poisoned to death with radiation instead of pesticide.
The upside to the Holocaust is its value as historical evidence for the existence of the covenant's God. It is also valuable as historical evidence that the covenant was still in force for Moses' people as recent as the middle of the last century. True; the covenant is obsolete where Christians are concerned; but that old dog can still bark.
I believe it's okay to pity the Jews as per Lam 1:12; but I do not believe it is appropriate to let them get away with playing the victim all the time. That's just a red herring diverting attention away from their own chronic failure to honor the covenant in a manner acceptable to God.
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 Yhvh; then why don't they own up to it instead of always going about playing the victim and acting so indignant?
A: 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 Q 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:
OBJECTION: The anti-Semitism displayed on this web page is unacceptable; especially coming from people passing themselves off as Christians!
RESPONSE: Yhvh's very own statements themselves, and the prophets' writings too, contain far more of what can be construed as "anti-semitism" than anything on the first half of this page. For example: the book of Isaiah opens with this:
● Isa 1:1-3 . . The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear O heavens! and give ear O earth! for Yhvh has spoken. Children I have raised and exalted, yet they have rebelled against Me. An ox knows his owner and a donkey his master's crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not think about it.
Oxen and burros are well known for their below-average IQ; but in His indictment, Yhvh complained that those two species of barnyard beasts of burden have more brains than His own people when it comes to appreciating divine providence; and His statement: "they have rebelled against me" mirrors the age-old colloquialism of biting the hand that feeds you. There are so many anti-Semitic comments and remarks throughout the book of Isaiah that sometimes it's actually difficult to believe it wasn't penned by a Palestinian.
NOTE: The term "holocaust" comes from the Greek word holókauston, referring to an animal sacrifice offered to a god in which the whole (olos) animal is completely burnt (kaustos).
That's an appropriate meaning seeing as how a number of observant Jews sincerely believe that the deaths of six million of their fellows via German atrocities during the second world war satisfied Isaiah's prophecy in the 53rd chapter. A rabbinic interpretation of that chapter proposes, in so many words, that the fate of Moses' people at the hands of Hitler's minions accomplished the salvation of the world.
The interpretation is a bit involved so I won't go into it here; but suffice to say that the interpretation provides, for some, the only rational explanation as to why Yhvh stood by and did nothing to prevent so many of His own people from being rounded up like cattle, stripped of their dignity, their property, their wealth, and their possessions, enslaved, starved, malnourished, deprived of basic human necessities, tortured, subjected to Frankensteinian medical experiments, worked to death, and gassed, shot, and incinerated by the millions by Nazi mad men.
The error of that interpretation is so obvious that it's almost below me to point it out; viz: Judaism regards human sacrifice as a breach of the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God; and also sincerely believes that human sacrifice is an abomination to God.
There are astute Bible scholars of the opinion that the Jewish genocide of the last century was only a taste of one to come in the future when a super powerful political figure, known to just about everybody as the anti-Christ, will target Moses' people with another mass extinction. They say his won't be confined to Europe like the last one, but will encompass the whole world so that Moses' people won't be safe anywhere on the planet.
Those scholars also believe that the present State of Israel isn't permanent; but that the Jews will be conquered and lose control of their homeland all over again. I don't know for myself whether those scholars are right, but if they are, then it would appear that the Jews' future at this point in time is looking mighty grim, to say the least.