Thousands of miles away from us in the midst of turmoil, lies a tiny slice of land about the size of New Jersey that we call Israel.
The State of Israel is surrounded on every side by countries who want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. It is one of the most targeted nations for terrorists, and it has lost more citizens to terror attacks than most other nations.
Was Israel God’s chosen people? Most definitely!
God’s Promise to Abraham:
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3 (KJV)
Israel’s history is one of persecution, oppression, struggle,and survival. Since the ancient beginnings of Genesis, long before Jacob became Israel, this tiny nation has been in a constant state of struggle and survival. From the moment Abraham arrived in the land of Canaan, God’s people have been surrounded by enemies on all sides. Time and time again, over the course of its history, this band of 12 tribes has faced extermination, yet today stands tall among the worlds elite.
God’s chosen people have faced persecution from nearly every empire that has dominated the earth since the beginning of time. Through 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 first five books of the Old Testament. The Books of Moses reveals the history behind God’s people.
God made a covenant with Abraham that stands just as true today as it did centuries ago. God has consistently delivered Israel over the course of time and has always had His hand on His people.
Israel is a land right out of the Bible – a land grant given to Abraham directly by Almighty God who called Israel HIS chosen people.
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” Genesis 15:18-21 (KJV)
Here is the original land grant God gave to Abraham:
- The upper-right portion of Egypt
- All of modern-day Israel
- All of Lebanon
- All of of Syria
- A piece of Turkey
- Half of Iraq
- The northern half of Jordan
- A little slice of Saudi Arabia
Let that sink in for a few moments. That’s how much land rightfully belongs to the Jewish people. Picture a triangle. Go approximately 1,000 miles across the bottom, going from left in Egypt all the way right to Kuwait, up 500 miles to the top in Turkey on the one side, and 500 miles down to the bottom on the other side. You end up right back where you started – in Egypt. That is one massive land grant!
After the exile by the Romans at 70 AD, the Jewish people migrated to Europe and North Africa. They established rich cultural and economic lives, and contributed greatly to the societies where they lived. They continued their national culture and prayed to return to Israel through centuries.
There were major waves of immigration of Jews back to Israel from Arab countries and from Europe during the first half of the 20th century. During the British rule in Palestine, the Jewish people were subject to great violence and massacres directed by Arab civilians or forces of the neighboring Arab states. During World War II, the Nazi regime in Germany decimated about 6 million Jews creating the great tragedy of The Holocaust.
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. The Declaration of Independence of the modern State of Israel was announced on the day that the last British forces left Israel (May 14, 1948).
You would think that finally, Israel would have peace! That was not to be.One day after the declaration of independence of the State of Israel, armies of five Arab countries, Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Iraq, invaded Israel. This marked the beginning of the War of Independence. Arab states have jointly waged four full scale wars against Israel:
- 1948 War of Independence
- 1956 Sinai War
- 1967 Six Day War
- 1973 Yom Kippur War
Despite the numerical superiority of the Arab armies, Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war the Israeli army withdrew from most of the areas it captured. This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel’s willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each
Since 1973, there have been countless battles and terrorism that Israelis deal with every day.
Why is peace so impossible?? It seems very complex, but it’s really quite simple. The Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs refuse to recognize the Jewish State of Israel’s right to exist. One side wants the other dead. If it didn’t, there would be peace.
Dennis Prager explains it well in this short 5 minute video:
The Most Important Video About Israel Ever Made: The Middle East Problem
America has always been a true ally of Israel, even though the past eight years have been rather rocky. Thankfully, our current administration is restoring our connection with Israel. Our friendship may be the very reason that God has prospered the United States. If America ever withdraws her support and defense of Israel, God could take His hand of blessing off of the U.S. I pray we never see that day.
Is Israel still God’s Chosen People??? Absolutely!
God called Israel His chosen people in His Word and His Word does not change. As Christians and Americans, I believe we have a responsibility to support Israel and to make sure our leaders to fully support Israel too.
In Psalms 122:6, we are told to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
We need to pray for Israel and for the day when at the end of their Passover Seder, all Jewish people can say, without fear, “le-shanah ha-ba’ah bi-Yerushalayim” (“Next year in Jerusalem”)
I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
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