He knew them.
He heard the derision in their voices. He sensed their growing hate.
He felt the presence of deliberate unbelief, of crafty hypocrisy. He recognized them.
He met their malevolence head on and said:
“Heaven and earth may pass away, but My words will not pass away. Behold, your house, your nation, your religion is left unto you desolate. Forsaken. Cursed.”
And Yahushua, the anointed Messiah, turned and walked away.
But then He paused, just a moment, and with tears in His eyes, shook the dust from His feet.
Faced with malice, scorn and hatred, Yahushua knew precisely what the Jews, fighting against Him, were. He knew their origins. He said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44, KJV)
Ye are of your father, the devil. No harsher words, aimed at any other group of people, are recorded in Scripture. Yahushua loved the Israelites! But it was precisely because He loved them, that He would not abandon them without adequately warning them of their origins and what was in their heart.
The truth is, the Israelites were the worst of the worst. It was for this reason the Saviour was sent to them! Had the Messiah been sent to others, they would have gladly received Him. Over and over again, the Bible records how the Saviour was accepted and welcomed by the Samaritans, the Syro-Phoenicians, the Greeks and even the Romans. After revealing His divine mission to the Israelites, Scripture records the sad statement: “After these things Yahushua walked in Galilee; for He would not want to walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.” (John 7:1, KJV)
The very ones chosen to receive the Messiah, were the very ones who rejected Him and sought to kill Him.
As far back as Abraham, Satan knew through which lineage the Redeemer would come. Yahuwah promised the childless Abram: “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3, KJV) This was a clear reference to the coming of the Promised One. Thus, Satan focused his vast intelligence and mightiest efforts to corrupting the lineage of Abraham even more than it already was as a result of the fall.