Every time conversations turn towards trouble in the Middle East involving threats about, or violence against, Israel, my response is always the same. “Don’t mess with the Jews.”
If the United States doesn’t cultivate and maintain friendly and supportive relations with Israel, the U.S. will suffer loss. Common sense and history tell us that messing with Israel, opposing Israel, attacking Israel, threatening Israel, or aligning with Israel’s enemies will end in loss and destruction for those who rise up against God’s people.
Why hasn’t Iran or the Palestinians, Lebanon, the Egyptians or Syria wiped the world’s only Jewish-majority state off the map?
Think about it.
Israel is a sitting duck. Here’s a nation a tad smaller than New Jersey, population 7,900,000, bordered on three sides by its fiercest enemies. The International community considers the approximately 190,000 Israeli citizens living in settlements in the West Bank as illegal. Russia wants Jerusalem to become part of an international community. The Russians support the Palestine and claim the country has an inalienable right to Jerusalem as its capital.
The United States has traditionally supported Israel and its claim to Jerusalem as its capital. However, from president to president relationships between the two countries waivers, depending on the political climate in both countries at the time.
A History Of Devastation
During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times, according to Wikipedia. Disputes continue over which nation has the right to claim Jerusalem as the legal and outright capital. The Palestinians claim Jerusalem will ultimately be the capital of a future Palestinian state. The Jews claim Jerusalem as its capital as well. Christians also consider Jerusalem as the Holy City where Jesus ministered and was crucified and resurrected. Christians also believe Jerusalem is the place where Pentecost occurred and the Second Coming of Christ will begin, according to Wikipedia.
The disputes over which country claims Jerusalem as its capital are, of course, moot. Jerusalem is God’s Holy City, the home of His people. God instructed His people to build a temple in Jerusalem, where the Jews would worship and God would dwell among His people. Despite Israel’s repeated disobedience, rebellion, grumbling and complaining, intermarrying, worshiping other gods, and rejection of God’s care and feeding, the Jews remain His people, just as He promised Abraham in Genesis.
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ ” Genesis 12:1-3
Did you catch that promise? I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse. “Whoever.” That’s an all-inclusive pronoun. It means every one, every nation, tribe, country or state that curses God’s people, God will curse.
It’s a very simple biblical principle: curse the Jews, oppose the Jews, mess with the Jews and you’ll be toast.
Don’t Miss Part 2
In Part 2 we’ll explore the characters in Scripture who wrote this story and caused the great divide between the only two religions in the world. That’s right, there are only two: those who love God and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; and those who don’t. The Bible clearly says the ones who love God and claim Jesus as their Savior will be blessed. Those who don’t will be cursed. This is not solely about salvation, it is about every person’s, and every nation’s, relationship with or support for Israel. By the way, I don’t believe riding the fence on this one counts. I think the ones who remain silent and don’t make a commitment to supporting Israel, or say it doesn’t matter to them, will be counted among the cursed. I’m just sayin’.
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