Temple Mount and Western Wall during Shabbat

Temple Mount and Western Wall during Shabbat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will admit, the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and our own government’s refusal to call them what they are (acts of terrorism against American citizens on American soil) saddens and angers me.  Does poo-poohing it make it acceptable?  This blog isn’t about that, though.

Emerging from the dust of these attacks are commentaries and reflections, and I read one my father-in-law posted to Facebook this morning that Ben Stein wrote.  Like him or not, agree with him or not, but respect the fact that Ben is one of the smartest, best spoken men out there who are daring to voice well thought-out opinions.  In this article, he points out that a war between Iran and Israel is looming on the horizon, with Iran promising to use nuclear weapons against Israel in an Israeli genocide.  End goal:  Wipe out all Israelis.  That disturbs me greatly.  What in the world has Israel done to tick off so many people?

As my older daughter and I did our morning Bible study, we read these words in II Chronicles 6:32-33:

And don’t forget the foreigner who is not a member of your people Israel but has come from a far country because of your reputation – people are going to be attracted here by your great reputation, your wonderworking power – and who come to pray to this Temple.

Listen from your home in heaven and honor the prayer of the foreigner, So that people all over the world will know who you are and what you’re like, And live in reverent obedience before you, just your own people Israel do, So they’ll know that you personally make this Temple that I’ve built what it is. (from The Message)

The land of Israel, this land flowing with milk and honey that God promised God’s chosen ones, was a gift for the children of Israel.  However, as this passage shows, Solomon believed that God’s goodness and steadfast love would be so attractive to the nations that even foreigners would want to come to Jerusalem to worship.  This isn’t a land made for war and domination; it’s a land given to people as a promise of God’s provision and as a home for them, a place for the children of Israel to live, to work, to prosper and to grow.

The Israelites lost their home once when the Babylonians and Assyrians conquered them and drove them off into exile.  What grievous sin has this nation committed that being completely wiped out by nuclear weapons is a suitable punishment?  No one deserves that, least of all a nation that has been struggling valiantly to thrive, even when those all around them would rejoice over their annihilation.

And where is American in all this?  Where are our leaders when this small country needs a powerful advocate and ally?  They’re fundraising and shmoozing, altogether too busy for the likes of this little country that needs strong support.


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