August 10, 2006

How About the Truth for A Change re: Israel?

In 1897 Theodore Herzl attempted to find a diplomatic solution to the lack, in the world, of a Jewish homeland. What eventually resulted over the next fifty years was the formation of the nation of Israel in what was then called Palestine.

This new homeland was the result of world wide decision making and approval by what would eventually become known as the United Nations. Israel was not formed by some rogue Jewish bandits with a chip on their shoulder or an attitude about non Jewish people.

Israel attained statehood and the Arab world went nuts. Why? In one word, “hatred.”

This animosity dates back to Genesis 16 when Abraham bowed to the demand of Sarah his wife giving her a child through a concubine named Hagar. The historical record tells us that Hagar bore Abraham a son—Ishmael—yet, even though it was Sarah’s idea-- Sarah resented it almost immediately and now demanded that Abraham send Hagar and her son Ishmael away.

Genesis 16 says this of the newly born son, Ishmael: "And he will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers."

Ishmael was the progenitor of the Arab people and the rest, even though cliché—is history! They have been at each other’s throats for thousands of years as part of the judgment God imposed on Abraham for sidestepping God’s promise to give him a son through Sarah, not a concubine.

(Let that be a stern lesson on trying to help God bring about, through human means, what God has already promised to bring about through Divine means…)

Beginning this Sunday—August 20—I will be doing a brief series on the history of the Middle East. I will not be making any speculations about signs and times and events. I’ll leave such wild assertions to those who apparently have a hot line to God having figured out things which—after studying God’s word for 30 years--I just don’t see nearly as clearly. So don’t expect some sensation-hyped presentation about wild, end times schemes and calendar of events.

This will be solid, straightforward recounting of recent, historical fact combined with solid Biblical exposition—nothing more; nothing less.


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