I am neither a preacher nor a Bible scholar and this column is not a sermon. I am, however, a student. I am a student of history and a student of Bible history. This column uses as reference the Bible.
This is a cautionary tale regarding Israel. Nations should, for their own security, not mess with Israel. In the Bible, in Genesis chapter 12 verses 2 and 3 God gives all the lands of Northern Africa and beyond, what we know today as Israel and her surrounding countries, to Abraham. This land was to be the homeland for all of Abraham’s family for all the centuries to come. In these verses God tells Abraham that He will bless those who bless Israel and He will curse those who curse Israel. It should be noted that the name Israel was also God’s choice as he changed the name of one of Abraham’s offspring, Jacob, to Israel. That can be found in Genesis chapter 32 verse 28.
It is not my intention to preach today but instead just to inform. Whether you believe the writings of the Bible or not is your choice. How you regard this information is also your choice. My role is only to inform. These verses make it crystal clear that nations who attack (curse) Israel or defile Israel, will themselves be cursed and defiled by God Himself.
I also find it interesting that the Muslim faith believes and accepts the fact that Abraham was God’s chosen one and that he was to be patriarch of the chosen people, the Jews. How they have gotten to the place they are today is a mystery to me.
And so the cautionary tale. We all make our choices. We decide who and what to believe. We decide what we will use as source material. It is not my intent to tell you what you should believe. If you don’t believe the Bible is truth, that is your choice, oh and your problem.
This is what I believe. Anti-Semites from all over the world will face a judgement some day that will be for them, at best, unpleasant. Radical Muslim baby killers who think 72 virgins await them in Paradise are in for a tremendous shock. Our own politicians, both current and past, who espouse anti-Semitic views, will have to explain themselves some day.
By the same token, being one of God’s chosen doesn’t give anyone the right to be intolerant of others. All through history and especially the history recorded in the Bible, God has punished Jews and Gentiles alike.
Hamas, pay attention. Iran, take heed. Nations of the world, listen up. You are fighting a losing battle. You cannot win. All you are doing is setting yourself up for a gigantic disappointment at best and total annihilation at worst. Understand that Israel is protected by a force much bigger than any army. Don’t you understand that Israel is a modern, progressive, economically vibrant state, and she is surrounded by primitive tent dwelling, goat herders who choose to be Israel’s enemy? Who do you suppose is on the wrong side of God’s preference? The message is clear. Leave Israel alone. Work to improve yourselves. Face some reality. Don’t mess with Israel.