Monday, August 15, 2005
Israelis Evicted from Gaza
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Aug. 15) - Tearful Jewish settlers locked gates at their communities, formed human chains and burned tires to block troops from delivering eviction notices Monday as Israel began to pull out from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation. Read more here.
A pastor I knew once traveled to Israel a few years ago. He came back with the startling revelation (at least, it was to me) that Israel was not predominantly Jewish anymore. Instead, he said, they are mostly atheists. Apparently, it would appear from the previous news report, that the inhabitants of Gaza must be predominantly Jewish, because they cling to the idea that the land in which they are now living is still the "Promised Land".
In the Bible we are told that the Israelites were led, by God, via Moses, into Canaan, the location which is present day Israel. Over the centuries, the Jews have been scattered over the Earth by those who would seek to destroy and decimate them.
If you simply read through, without even studying, the Old Testament, it becomes clear that the Jews must indeed be the chosen People. Of all the ancient peoples and civilizations that have been destroyed and displaced over the centuries, the ones remaining to this day are the Jews. Why?
Because the Jews are God's chosen people. Time and time again, the Jews have abandoned God and time after time, God has welcomed them back and forgiven them their transgressions.
They are the only people to whom God has promised protection and they are the only people that have continued to snub their collective noses at God, but God has continued to keep His promise to them regardless.
Now, the Jews are once again suffering the consequences of turning their backs on the One that protects them. They are losing the land that God has promised them.
Some might ask, "What's the big deal? If they have to move, move, and get it over with."
Some might say that.
I might say that, myself, if I did not know something of their history. As for myself, I once moved all the way from Kansas City, KS. to this small village in Western Maryland for something as unimportant as a woman, (thereby raising the aggregate IQ of both states) so, I am not one to judge.
But the Jews know that this is their land, and whatever happens to them in the next millennia or so, they will get it back.
The point is this: Gaza belongs to the Jews. It has belonged to them since Joshua fought the battle of Jericho. God gave it to them. Sure, Palestine and Egypt and others have laid claim to the land before, and still claim it to be theirs, but nevertheless, the land belongs to the Jews. It always will, and no matter what the Palestinians or the Egyptians or anyone else says, Gaza is Israel's.
So, Palestine has it now, but this battle is far from over. The time will come, as it invariably and inevitably does, that Israel will return to God and he will once again forgive them and bless them, and once again, Gaza will be theirs.
But not without a lot more bloodshed on both sides.
UPDATE: I discovered a pretty good blog today, check it out here.