Well, certainly for those involved in the current Middle East crisis once again, and none of us watching on from the safe outside would really want to swap places with any of them for any reason no doubt. But underlying all of the terror and angst runs a perpetual thread that has been in place since creation – God granted the capacity for there to be two cousins who ultimately would begin life warring before either even left the womb, and they’ve continued on ever since:
“The babies jostled each other within Rebekah, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” (Gen 25:21-26)
– the only things that change are the weaponry used, and the resultant casualties coming out of each war. However, the other vital point to make here is that one other thing stands out from that time too – God said that He would bless one more than the other, and his ultimate choice was Jacob whom God later called Israel:
Gen 32:28 “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Bit more background to this story is needed tho: These names, of course, originated with the story of Abraham in the book of Genesis. When Abraham’s wife Sarah remained barren after many years of marriage, she offered her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar, to Abraham as a concubine. Hagar bore Abraham a son, who was named Ishmael. Thirteen years later, Sarah finally bore her husband a son, who was named Isaac. Although Ishmael was the older son, Isaac was the son of Abraham’s beloved wife, and his father’s favorite. Tradition has it that the Arab people are descended from Abraham and Ishmael, while the Jewish people are descended from Abraham and Isaac. Cousins.
Forgive my ‘hiking’ some of this off other sites – with my carpal tunnel I have to keep typing to a minimum, so filling the story in by other means.At any rate, the important thing to know in this war is that we need not be fearful – certainly not if you’re a true Christian as God has promised us His protection, but we along with the Jewish people and the rest of world can know that as prophecies continue to be fulfilled currently, (on the back of dozens already done and dusted), that Israel WILL be victorious. God has decreed they are HIS people, and the Land is HIS, nobody else’s – not even the Jews own it. It’s His own tiny piece of real estate for His purposes, and He will fulfill those purposes completely as He has decreed throughout scripture. So we can look forward certainly to many more tough and difficult battles in the days that lie ahead, and at some point they won’t be just relegated to the Middle East either, but we can also take heart in knowing the end of this particular story as God has outlined it. Israel stands firm until that day when Jesus will plant His feet on the Mount of Olives and split it in two, thus proclaiming His Return, and then He will open up the sealed Eastern Gate, and take His rightful place in HIS City!! However, until then God will continue to judge His own people for their lack of seeking His Will and of following false gods/idols etc and of listening to the world before listening to Him, and worst of all, of not being the light to the world He desired and commanded them to be.
MARANTHA – Come Lord Jesus.