Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A modern day miracle

Israel is a small sliver of land in the Middle East.

Arabs have 20 nations surrounding Israel. They are Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen. Djibouti, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania. Their lands together are 650 times the area of Israel and their combined populations something like 50 times that of Israel.

The Jews have just one nation - Israel.

The Arabs have a hatred of Israel. They have tried to destroy her in four major wars, without success. The Palestinians could have been absorbed in any of the Arab nations. They could have had a state on Israeli land several times over, had they wished. But they want to see Israel destroyed.

Almost a thousand rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel in the past week. Rockets have been aimed at Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and the nuclear facility at Dimona, apparently (surprisingly to some people) without fatal injury. Hamas have said they were ready to continue firing rockets for weeks, even months.

Israel have carried out a bombardment of Hamas in Gaza. They have said they will continue as long as rockets fall on Israeli civilians (while taking the opportunity to destroy the Hamas leadership).

A cease fire was reported last night, starting at seven o'clock this morning. Will it hold? It's too early to say. For how long will it hold? I don't know.

One thing is certain. While other nations come and go, Israel will still be there. The land of Israel was promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for an everlasting possession, and the promise confirmed to their descendants.

Israel was called to be a nation of priests, and a light to the Gentiles. She has not yet fulfilled her destiny. She has suffered much, but her journey is not yet over.

 The God of Israel is a God of promise. His word will yet be fulfilled.

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