by Dr. Barry Horner ©
I ask, then, has God rejected his people [Israel]? By no means! (Romans 11:1)
In the history of human kind, there is one race that stands out above all others with regard to resilience in the face of persecution and unstoppable existence; it is plainly the Jew, whose very name is synonymous with the most malicious slander and persistent vilification that any group of people has ever experienced. We have already maintained that Paul was decidedly pro-Semitic in spite of the intense persecution which he, “a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin” (Rom. 11:1), “a Hebrew of the Hebrews” (Phil. 3:5), frequently faced from his fellow co-patriots; at times he was not beyond responding with intense indignation (I Thess. 2:14-16), yet love for his “brethren according to the flesh” (Rom. 9:3) proved to be unquenchable.