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The Land That God Has Given

“And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” (Genesis 13:14-15)

My purpose for what I write on this website is to share what I have learned about the Word of God with those who read it so that, prayerfully, it might help others to come to know the Lord Jesus or perhaps help them along in the walk they already have with Him. It is of absolutely no interest to me whatsoever to promote a political agenda or to endorse any particular political party or position. I would urge people to search the Scriptures and apply Biblical principles in deciding on political affairs of any sort.

But the matter at hand in our study of the Book of Genesis is as relevant as today’s headlines and as contemporary as tomorrow’s evening news. It has become a heated political issue, but in all reality it is a Biblical issue. I am referring to what has become known as the “Middle East Crisis”, the controversy over who has the right to control the land of Palestine.

At one time, there was a general consensus among most Westerners that Israel had the right to exist and to defend herself from her enemies. In recent years, in the name of “political correctness”, many Americans and Europeans have begun to harbor sympathy for the terrorist organizations that seek to tear Israel apart and to utterly annihilate the Jewish race. Some of these people even claim to be Bible-believing Christians. But the Bible is not mute about this subject and a careful study of Scripture leads to no other possible conclusion than the fact that Israel has been deeded the land of Palestine by God Almighty.

This is the crucial point that must be understood: God is the One Who has decreed that Israel should have this land, not man. God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants and later confirmed this promise to Isaac (Genesis 26:3-4). There is absolutely no question that God declared that the descendants of Abraham through Isaac, that is the Jewish race, would inherit the land. No human power, not even the government of the nation of Israel itself, has been given the authority to transfer ownership to anyone else.

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:” (Genesis 12:3)

Many world leaders, including United States Presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, have taken it upon themselves to act as “mediators” in the Middle East Crisis and, in the interest of “peace” and “diplomacy”, have attempted to wield their influence to carve out huge parcels of the nation of Israel and give them to be governed by Palestinian Arabs. Nearly every proposed re-distribution of the land involves severing the holy city of Jerusalem in half. It is no exaggeration to say that to attempt to dissect the land of Palestine and cede portions of it to the control of someone other than Israel is nothing less than to stand in direct defiance against God Almighty! It is dangerous ground to stand on.

It is very unfortunate that wars and murderous acts of terrorism are being acted out as the struggle for control of this region continues. I recognize that there are many Arabs in Palestine who simply want to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. There is no reason why they should not be allowed to do so. But to set up a separate government, to cede control of the land to a foreign power, or to divide the city of Jerusalem is to disregard a Divine mandate. Those who fight against the nation of Israel for control over her lands are standing in contempt of the God of Heaven.

For those who believe the Bible, there is but one position to take in this matter. God is not finished with Israel and He still has a program in effect concerning them. We simply cannot serve the God of the Bible and support the enemies of His chosen people.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” (Psalm 122:6)

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published December 4, 2009]

**All Scripture quotations in this post are taken from the King James Version (KJV) Bible

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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3 responses

  1. As you have been making your way through Genesis, I have been waiting for this post :). As a Christian and as one whose parents are Palestinians (my parents were born there), I am intimately aware of these issues. The fact of the matter is that God gave the land to the Israelites. However, He has not left the Arabs without blessings.

    “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. (Gen 17:20 ESV)”

    And that certainly came to fruition. Israel is a tiny weeny little piece of land while the Arabs have huge land masses. Not only that, the Muslim turn their back to Jerusalem when they pray for they face mecca. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran.

    Despite all that, as Christians our first “allegiance” is to the Lord and His Word. Everything, and I mean everything, is secondary to how we may feel or want whether it is personal or political. God gave land to the Israelites and He gave land to the Arabs. The Arabs have chosen to want it all. They are not satisfied with what God has given them.

    It is not surprising that people and the Arabs have taken on the view that they have for without Christ, they will not and cannot accept the things of God. Even so, what God has decreed will come to pass for no man can thwart God’s decrees.

    I also, when I first started blogging, blogged about these issues but from a different standpoint. The issues of the middle east is dear to my heart for that is where my parents were born and raised. My mother’s home of her early childhood overlooked the wailing wall in Jerusalem. When I was there a few years ago, I stood there looking up at the windows of the homes that now belong to the Jews (and rightfully so as that is God’s decree), and pictured in my mind’s eye my mother as a young girl looking out the window.

    I may come come back and post some more on this thread as I think and ponder what you wrote.

    Thank you for delicately handling this truth of God’s Word.

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  2. Loren & Tishrei,

    All the problems throughout that region have got to be in God’s hands….. No matter what the situation appears to be today, God’s plan is unfolding….. It’s deeply troubling to not understand how God is working it to His glory, but we can be sure of His ultimate control…..

    There are so many wrongs that I cannot comprehend — like Herod killing all the baby boys in an effort to kill baby Jesus….. The pain and horror were beyond words — and yet it was prophesied and a part of God’s plan….. Why?….. We won’t know until we get to heaven.

    It’s the souls of all those people that need to be saved….. We do need to pray for them all.

    Margaret

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