The news media is constantly spelling out the troubles of Israel. On July 21, the Associated Press quoted Secretary Kerry when speaking of the conflict between Hamas and Israel. He said:
“Hamas must step up and show a level of reasonableness, and they need to accept the offer of a cease-fire.” Hamas, a radical group in Gaza, keeps firing missles into Israel.
How would we feel if we were completely surrounded by enemies who would kill us if they could? The “Iron Dome” is protecting Israel from most of the missles.
Nonetheless, little Israel stands firm. Charles H. Stevens commented: “The enigma of history is the preservation of the sons of Jacob. There they stand singularly alone, magnificently different, defiantly unchanged.”
Stevens continued, “Like the Bible itself, the descendants of Abraham are standing like a Gibraltar, beat upon by a ceaseless and angry tide of hatred and opposition but still remaining the eternal nation.”
The modern world saw a David slay his Goliath in the Six-Day War of June, 1967. Little Israel, outnumbered in population at a ratio of more than thirty-three Arabs to one Jew, completely overpowered her enemies within a few days—thus culminating one of the shortest wars in history.
As the world looked on in amazement, Israel wrought a victory reminiscent of Gideon’s defeat of the Midianites, or Jehoshaphat’s victory over the Moabites and their allies.
It somehow gave an observer the feeling that he had been wisked to Old Testament days and was seeing God work a miracle for His people in battle.
God is with modern-day Israel. This is not to say that all she does or says is ordered by the Lord; nonetheless, God is leading that little country in an overall sense.
In fact, Israel has a beautiful future. Zephaniah states that the country will become a “praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame” (Zephaniah 3:19).
Though the Jews have been a byword in the past, God will make them “a name and a praise among all people of the earth.”
The Bible speaks of a time when Jews will be very popular, for it says, “It shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).
The little nation has functioned for 66 years. With ancient Jerusalem as her capital, Israel withstood the Arabs in 1948, in 1956, in 1967, and again in the Yom Kippur War in October, 1973. Ancient Jerusalem has a history of war and bloodshed. It has changed hands 26 times, and it has been completely destroyed five times.
However, some day peace will reign there. Jeremiah states, “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem” (3:17).
Some day Jerusalem will be called, “The city of righteousness, the faithful city” (Isaiah 1:26), and “The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing” (Zechariah 8:5).
The Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth as sit upon a throne in Jerusalem. This Prince of Peace shall rule “from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth” (Psalm 72:8).
O, Lord, hasten that day!