Israel: A Struggle for Survival
Long before Jacob became Israel, since the ancient beginnings of Genesis, this tiny nation has been in a constant state of survival. From the moment of Abraham's arrival in the land of Canaan, God's people have been surrounded by enemies on all sides.
Over the course of its history, time and time again, this band of 12 tribes has faced extermination, yet today stands among the worlds elite.
It is no coincidence that on the worldwide center stage is a country the size of New Jersey. Since the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, to the Caesars of Rome, Palestine has been caught in the middle of power struggles amongst empires.
Born in the "Cradle of Civilization", the ancient Jews struggled against all odds to survive. The Old Testament Ancient Near East was made up of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Zagros mountains located on the westernmost edge of Iran. It was here that the cultures and influences of three continents converged - Africa, Asia, and Europe.
God's chosen people have faced persecution from nearly every single empire that has dominated the earth from the beginning of time. From the slavery of the Ancient Egyptians, to the Holocaust of the Third Reich, how is it possible that this nation today stands so strong?
The answer can be found in the Old Testament. The first five books of the Bible make up the Jewish Torah, or, the Books of Moses. It is in these books that the history behind God's people is revealed.
God made a covenant with Abraham that stands as true today as it did centuries ago. And God has consistently delivered over the course of time. His latest deliverance was one of no less significance than anything found in the Old Testament.
In 1948, for the first time since 586 B.C., a Jewish state was created. God had once again brought His people together in the promised land. From the ancient banks of the river Chebar, the voice of Ezekiel can be heard saying;
"My people, and I will bring you into the land..."
BLESSED PASSOVER & EASTER WEEK TO ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN!
Our prayers continue to go out to Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran, and his family. Remember them and the sacrifice he has made for the Kingdom as we recall the amazing power of God's deliverance, as evident in the Passover, and Christ's amazing sacrifice for us, evident in His death and resurrection. May God's hand grab hold of them in this unimaginably difficult time. May God's Spirit move those that can help, to help.
"Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
In the Old Testament, as today, conflict and war characterized the relationship with Gaza. King David repeatedly called Yahweh his rock, shield, fortress, deliverer, stronghold and Lord. May Yahweh continue to protect His inheritance as He did in the days of King David, especially during the current heightened conflict with the Gaza Strip.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." --Matthew 5:10
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