Devotion for the week of 8/11/14-8/17/14
I’m writing this based off my limited knowledge on the subject. However, I feel that I do know enough to form my own opinion. If you don’t know what’s going on, allow me to fill you in on the basics. Gaza is a part of Israel. Palestine wants Gaza. Israel doesn’t want to give it to them. Of course that is a simplified description of what’s happening. As a Christian, I have chosen to side with Israel. Many people are against Israel since it is considered by Christians to be God’s promised land-a holy land. When I heard of this conflict between Israel and Palestine I remembered learning about a war between them in the story of David and Goliath. The Bible states that the Israelites were the good guys, on God’s team, and the Palestinians were the bad guys, against God. Goliath was a Palestinian and David was an Israelite. It was through the power of God that David killed Goliath. The conflict spans back that far, and a lot has changed since then. But one thing has stayed the same: the Israelites are still the good guys and the Palestinians are still the bad guys. In Genesis 15: 18-21 God makes a covenant with Abram promising the land of Canaan to his descendants. In Genesis 17: 8 God says that Canaan shall be an everlasting possession for Abram and his descendants. Canaan is now known in part as Israel, but God’s promise still stands. The name changed and the map looks a little different, but everlasting means forever. And nothing can change that. That land belongs to God’s people-to Israel.