In light of the Israeli-Palestinian/Hamas conflict we have been witnessing over the past few weeks, and the fact that a number of the followers of this blog have been reviewing a couple of blogs I posted almost two years ago, I felt it necessary and timely to re-post for those who may have missed my original post.
If it’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way over the years, it’s NEVER say NEVER! However, I’ve also learned the hard way in some instances, that when God speaks through His Holy Word in the Bible, He means it and it will come to pass. So when God makes a promise, it can NEVER be broken!
God’s Chosen Land For His Chosen People
“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’
So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; . . . He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), and they arrived there. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land. . .'” (Genesis 12:1-7)
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, ‘As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’
God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.’
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael (father of the Arab nations) might live under Your blessing!’
Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.’” (Genesis 17:1-21)
“Therefore, (Moses) say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as My own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’ ” (Exodus 6:6-8)
“On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into Canaan (modern-day Israel), drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. . . Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’ ” (Numbers 33:50-56)
Unfortunately, Israel did not drive out all the inhabitants of Caanan (modern-day Israel) as God had commanded them to do and to this very day the Arab Muslim nations living in and around Israel continue to be barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides!
God’s Blessing to Jacob (Israel) Through His Father, Isaac:
“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you (Jacob and his descendants – the nation of Israel) and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” (Genesis 27:28,29)
“God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So He named him Israel.” (Genesis 35:10)
God’s Blessing to Esau (the Arab Nations) Through His Father, Isaac:
“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You (Esau and his descendants – the Arab nations) will live by the sword and you will serve your brother (Jacob and his descendants – Israel). But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” (Genesis 27:40)
God’s Reminder To His Chosen People
“‘When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following Me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. . . For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. But those who hate Him He will repay to their face by destruction; He will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate Him.'” (Deuteronomy 7:1-10)
God’s Hand Of Protection On Israel
Throughout Israel’s long history, tensions between Jews and Arab Muslims have existed. Since Muslims do not, or will not, acknowledge the Sovereign God of the Holy Bible, the complex hostility between the two groups dates all the way back to ancient times when they both populated the area and deemed it holy.
In May 1948, Israel was officially declared an independent state. While this historic event seemed to be a victory for Jews, it also marked the beginning of more violence with the Arabs.
Since Israel’s independence in 1948, numerous wars and acts of violence between Arabs and Jews have ensued. Israel’s enemies have tried every terrorist tactic possible and God has always been faithful to protect His chosen people and the land He gave them thousands of years ago. And, over the course of the many wars waged against Israel, God has chosen to minimize Israel’s casualties in comparison to the lives lost by enemy forces.
Here are just two examples of the despicable tactics Israel’s enemies have used and the final outcome of those wars:
- Six-Day War: In what started as a surprise attack, Israel in 1967 defeated Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq in just six days. The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,010,000 while Israel had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 18,000 lives while Israel lost 776 lives.
- Yom Kippur War: Hoping to catch the Israeli army off guard, in 1973 Egypt and Syria launched air strikes against Israel on their holiest of Holy Days, Yom Kippur. Another despicable “surprise” attack that didn’t surprise God’s chosen people! The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,210,000 while Israel again had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 19,000 lives while Israel lost 2688 lives.
God’s Hand of protection has always been on Israel and it will always be that way!
Israel’s Enemies Are Fighting A Losing Battle
Why are Israel’s enemies fighting a losing battle? Because they are either blind to the truth, or more than likely, they are choosing to ignore the truth!
I believe they are both blind to the truth and are choosing to ignore the historical truth that is clearly documented by Moses in the first five books (Torah) of the Holy Bible.
Don’t kid yourself, the enemies of Israel know full well what is written in the Bible about Israel and the “promised land” God clearly gave to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants thousands of years ago. A land that was not their own, but a land that was promised to them by the One who owns it all! A promise that will NEVER be broken, reversed or overridden by human hands or war machines.
I’ll re-post part two of this discussion next week. See you then for more Wisdom Matters!