November 22: Christian Anti-Semitism – Rome

-Roman Anti-Semitism

Herod wasn’t the only Roman official who hated the Jews.  Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman politician and lawyer, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy family and is considered one of Rome’s greatest speakers and writers.

Cicero said many wise things that are relevant today, but he looked unfavorably at the Jews; he considered them worthless.  Because he did not believe in the God of Israel, Cicero couldn’t understand the confidence of the Jewish people and their unique relationship with God.  He said:

“Judaism was the most extreme of all current barbarous faiths” “At one time the Jewish people took up arms against the Romans; but the gods showed how little they cared for this people, [allowing] it to be conquered. (Bernays, in “Rheinisches Museum,” xii. 464).

But the truth is God’s love for Israel and the Jewish people.

Let us break the power of Cicero’s anti-Jewish words and replace them with God’s word of love for Israel and the Jewish people.

Renounce the lie:

In the name of Yeshua, I break the power and effect of the words of Cicero , “Judaism is a barbarous faith and the God of Israel does not care for Israel.”

Replace with truth:

(Jeremiah 31:2-4)

Thus says the Lord:

“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when I went to give him rest.”

 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel! (NKJV)

He didn’t heed his own advise and persisted in his error. Sadly, this great statesman hated the Jews.

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