Why Did Jesus Have to Come?

Introduction

 

The Holy Family With Angels Rembrandt Cir 1645

The Holy Family With Angels Rembrandt Cir 1645

There are three main reasons Jesus Christ, the son of God and the second person of the Trinity, had to come onto the earth as a human being:

  1. Cleanse the sin from the Heavenly Tabernacle of God.
  2. Cleanse the sin from the earth.
  3. Fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant with the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom.

Reason One

The Cherubim have the most prominent role of all the created heavenly beings because:

  • They are the closest to God in His heavenly throne room.
  • They surround God in all His glory.
  • They play a prominent role at God’s command in the Third Heaven, which is outside time and space.

We have seen them in Ezekiel chapter 1, and in Ezekiel chapter 10 they are lifting God’s physical manifestation (the Shekinah Glory) up out of the Temple in Jerusalem. They are also seen in the heavenly Throne Room of God in several passages of the Book of Revelation (Revelation 4:6-9; 6:1,3,5-7). The highest of the Cherubim was called in Hebrew Hallal, and is translated into Latin as “Lucifer” or “Daystar, son of the morning”.

Sin began in heaven with Lucifer when he desired to usurp God’s authority. Due to his rebellion his name was changed to Satan, which is Hebrew for “adversary”. Satan was not created evil. Instead of remaining the special Cherub overshadowing the Throne of God, he now wished to become the one on the Throne, or God Himself. As a result of this behavior, his sin polluted the Heavenly Tabernacle of God. The earthly Tabernacle, and later the Temple in Jerusalem, are important because they were built according to God’s directions, and “serve as a copy and shadow” of His Heavenly Tabernacle here on earth. (Hebrews 8:5). They are also where God resided on the earth in the midst of His chosen people, the Nation Israel.

Tabernacle Cutaway from divinerevleations.info

Tabernacle Cutaway from divinerevleations.info

 

Christ said He saw Satan fall from Heaven (Luke 10:18), and Isaiah says:

Isaiah 14:12-14

12How are you fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, that did lay low the nations! 13And you said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north; 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High (ASV, 1901).

He said, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God”, and whenever the word “stars” is used, it symbolically represents angels. With the second “I will”, he declared his desire to become the sole authority over all the angels that God had created. By so doing, he intended to depose Michael from his position and become the Archangel all by himself (Daniel 10:13). These “I wills” resulted from the pride of Satan that caused him to lead a revolt against God. He also drew one-third of the innumerable angelic host in Heaven into the rebellion with him (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation, 12:3-9). It is presumed that these “fallen angels” became the demons. From that point on there has been a war in Heaven as described in Revelation 12:7-9:

 Angels and Demons or Angel of Light     © George Grie,  March 2008

Revelation 12:7-9

“7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (KJV)

Reason Two

After God created the heavens and the earth as described in Genesis 1:1, Satan indwelled a serpent in the Garden of Eden. In this form he caused our first parents, Adam and Eve, to violate God’s Word, and that brought sin into the world. So there now are essentially two “Falls”: the first was Satan and his angels from Heaven, and second was Adam and Eve on the earth. Now the Heavenly Tabernacle (Reason 1) and the earth (Reason 2) both required cleansing from the sin of Satan and his demonic forces.

Christ’s cleansing of the heavenly Tabernacle that is clearly affirmed in the Epistle to the Hebrews is not developed very much in the rest of the Bible. We have seen that sin, which is alienation from God, did not begin on earth but in Heaven. There was sin in heaven before there was sin on earth. The rebellious demons led by Satan instruct and encourage men to rebel against God. Heaven was still infected by vestiges of that demonic rebellion prior to Christ’s cleansing of it. A particularly difficult aspect for us to understand of that contamination was Satan’s ability to stand before the Almighty as man’s Accuser (Job 1:11; 2:15; Zechariah 3:1; Luke 33:21; 1 Peter 5:8). The Bible assures us that this situation will end. We have our protection in Christ Jesus, the Jewish Messiah from his accusations, and someday he will no longer be able to even make accusations:

Revelation 12:10-11

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death (KJV).

Hebrews 9:23-28

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

When we consider the reasons that the Lord Jesus came to earth, the most important one is for the salvation of this earth and mankind. Because of the sin that our first parents Adam and Eve brought into the world, God said that He would send a redeemer to correct this event. God made a covenant with Adam immediately after the Fall from the Garden of Eden when God declared to Adam what man’s life would be like now that sin is in the world. The conditions of this covenant will exist until the Messianic Kingdom Age (Romans 8:21).

This covenant is unconditional which means there is no appeal, and there are no human conditions or responsibility involved. Mankind has no personal activity requirement, for example, if you do this, then I (God) will do that. The outcome of the arrangement is entirely based on God and His sovereign control. Elements of the covenant are the cursing of the serpent used by Satan (Genesis 3:14; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 14; Revelation 12:9), and the promise of a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15).

Because of the two “Falls” (first in in Heaven and then on earth) both locations have received the curse of God. The most significant curse was the “spiritual death” that Adam and Eve experienced “on the day they ate of the fruit.” This death was a break in the relationship they had enjoyed with God Himself while in the Garden and which caused them to be removed from the Garden. Cherubim, with a flame and swords that turned in every direction, was placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden as a testimonial to covenantal restriction of Adam and Eve ever being allowed there again, and to guard the Tree of Life that was within the Garden (Genesis 3:24). Also according to the covenant, God made specific promises to bring the Lord Jesus, who would cleanse the Heavenly Tabernacle and make an end to sin on the earth (Genesis 3:15). Without Jesus’s sacrifice mankind has no access to Heaven upon death.

The fact that the Messiah had to come is well attested to in Scripture which starts with the foundational verse of Genesis 3:15:

Genesis 3:15

15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (KJV).

One unique aspect of the Scriptures is the prophecies and their validated fulfillment at later times throughout the long chronology of the Bible’s story. These alone attest to the Scripture’s validity. Christ, after He was risen, explained many of the prophecies in the Bible and the fact that He had to die in order to accomplish the task He was to sent to do (Luke 24: 25-27). He is called the “Lamb of God” that takes away the sins of the world for a reason (John 1:29). Christ’s first advent is well prophesied in Scripture. Some of those are:

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God Would Provide Himself A Sacrifice.

Introduced in Genesis 22:8 and fulfilled in John 19: 17-18.

He would be born in Bethlehem in the region of Ephrathah.

Introduced in Micah 5: 2 and fulfilled in Matthew 2: 1-5.

He would be the Son of God

Introduced in Psalm 2: 7 and fulfilled in John 3: 16-17.

He would be born into the Hebrew tribe of Judah

Genesis 49: 10 and fulfilled in Hebrews 7: 14.

He would be born of a virgin

Introduced in Isaiah 7: 14 and fulfilled in Matthew 1: 18-22.

He would be a prophet like Moses

Introduced in Deuteronomy 18: 15 and fulfilled in John 7: 15-17.

He would be the king of Israel

Introduced in Zechariah 9: 9 and fulfilled in John 12: 12-15.

He would be rejected

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 3 and fulfilled in John 1: 11.

He would be beaten

Introduced In Micah 5: 1 and fulfilled in Mark 15: 19.

He would be silent during his interrogation

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 7 and fulfilled in Matthew 27: 12-14.

He would be betrayed

Introduced in Psalm 41: 9 and fulfilled in Mark 14: 17-20.

He would be tried and condemned

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 8 and fulfilled Matthew 27: 1-2.

He would be crucified

Introduced in Psalm 22: 16 and fulfilled in John 19: 17-18.

His garments would be divided

Introduced in Psalm 22: 18 and fulfilled in John 19: 23-24.

He would be given gall and vinegar

Introduced in Psalm 69: 21 and fulfilled in John 19: 28-29.

His bones would not be broken

Introduced in Exodus 12: 46 and fulfilled in John 19: 31-36.

He is our sacrifice

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 5-6 and fulfilled in I Peter 2: 24-25.

He was raised from the dead

Introduced in Psalm 16: 10 and fulfilled in Luke 24: 1-7 and 47.

The resurrection of Christ is the most significant event in all of world history. It provides a remedy for the “Falls” that we have seen which came into Heaven and the earth as a result of the sin caused and originated by Satan. If one truly believes in the historical facts of the Gospel, and is regenerated, one is granted eternal life through the finished work of Jesus of Nazareth (Romans 6:23; Titus 3: 5). The gospel is clearly presented in several places in Scripture. None are clearer than I Corinthians 15:

1 Corinthians 15: 1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” (KJV). 

Reason Three

This is not the end of Christ’s work. God made a covenant with a man named Abraham, who the Bible calls the first Hebrew (Genesis 14:13). The Messianic Kingdom will be the final fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham, and is the third reason Christ had to come to earth as a man. The Messianic Kingdom will happen after the seven year Great Tribulation is conducted by Jesus (Revelation 5).  The purposes of the Great Tribulation are to make and end of sin, to conduct the greatest evangelistic effort the world has ever seen, and to bring the Jewish people (as a nation) to national regeneration through belief in their Messiah.

 

The chief characteristics of the Mosaic system were law and obedience.  The chief characteristics of the present system, also called the Church age, are belief and grace.  The chief characteristics of the Messianic Kingdom will be peace and righteousness (Isaiah 2.1-5, 11.1-10; Jeremiah 23.5-8).  Other characteristics of the Messianic Kingdom are long life, perfect environment, and wealth.

 

There are many verses in the Old Testament prophesying the Messianic Kingdom.  The orthodox Jews have long awaited it, and the Jews, who have not accepted Jesus as their Messiah, believe that He (their Messiah) will appear to set up the Messianic Kingdom. Some Old Testament references to the Kingdom are listed below:

 

  • Isaiah 52:1 Jerusalem will be pure and no longer trodden down by the Gentiles (uncircumcised and unclean ones).
  • Isaiah 60:3 Gentiles with their leaders will serve the Jews.
  • Psalm 15:1-5 People in the Kingdom will possess a kind of righteousness.
  • Isaiah 11:6-9 Universal peace will be prevalent and the world’s animals will be at peace with each other and be vegetarians.
  • Isaiah 65:17-25 Here Isaiah describes the Messianic Kingdom’s new heaven and new earth, which is actually a renovation of the earth as we know it now. (This is not a description of the eternal order, which will be a complete new order to the heavens an earth described in Revelation 21-22.)
  • Micah 4:1-5 Jehovah’s house in the Messianic Kingdom becomes a center of attention with Messianic teaching and the absence of war and universal peace.

 

Peace By William Sttrutt Cir 1896 depicting Isaiah 11:6-7

Peace By William Sttrutt Cir 1896 depicting Isaiah 11:6-7

It was this Messianic Kingdom that John the Baptizer proclaimed when he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).  Jesus proclaimed the same message that John had begun, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).  While the nation of Israel rejected their Messiah and His coming kingdom after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples continued to expect it to come. Right before His ascension the disciples said, “And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, ‘Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?’ “ (Acts 1:6).  Jesus replied that He could not reveal this knowledge.  Jesus did not reject the idea of the Messianic Kingdom or spiritualize it. He simply discussed it and His answer affirmed the prophetic Scriptures, but He just could not reveal the timetable.  All the prophecies in the Old Testament related to the Messiah’s first advent have literally been fulfilled, therefore we can expect that the prophecies related to the Messiah and His Kingdom will also be literally fulfilled.  Some New Testament references to the Kingdom are:

 

  • Mark 1:15 – “the kingdom of God is at hand.”
  • Luke 17:20, 21 – “the kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed… behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
  • John 3:3 – unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  •  Romans 14:17 – “the kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
  • Matthew 3:2; 4:17 – “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  • Matthew 5:3,10 – “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Matthew 5:19,20 – “enter the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Ephesians 5:5 – “inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
  • Colossians 1:13 – “the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
  • II Peter 1:11 – “eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
  • Matthew 6:33 – “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”
  • John 18:36 – “My kingdom is not of this world/realm.”
  • Acts 20:25 – “went about preaching the kingdom.”

 

Jesus taught His apostles to pray: “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The Messianic Kingdom is coming, and He let them know that the when the Messianic Kingdom comes upon earth, it would mirror God’s heavenly Kingdom. This was to be sometime yet future to the time of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and to the time of Acts 1:6-7. With the world in increasingly worse turmoil we can say that the Messianic Kingdom has not yet arrived, and it is still yet future to us.

Conclusion

These are the reasons that Jesus had to come. He had to die to fulfill God’s requirement of justice for payment for sin.

 

Christmas is the time when the world celebrates His arrival on earth. We must be assured that He came to save us from our sins. God loves us so much that He gave us Himself as a gift to a fallen and sinful world. He has also promised to return. We look for His return……..

 

John 3:16

 

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV)

 

The Birth of Christ by Sandro Fillpepi Botticelli Cir. 1500

The Birth of Christ by Sandro Fillpepi Botticelli Cir. 1500

 

Daniel E. Woodhead

 

 

 

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Rebecca Typifies a Godly Wife

Abraham Desires a Wife for Isaac

Rebecca at the Well by Antonio Bellucci cir. 1700

Rebecca at the Well by Antonio Bellucci cir. 1700

Abraham was  one hundred forty years old and sensing the need to find a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Many of the individual promises of the Abrahamic Covenant were fulfilled during his lifetime. While he had been blessed with wealth, status and influence he did not possess the full extent of the land given in the covenant. He achieved the first legally obtained parcel though. The full promise of all the land would not be realized until the Messianic Kingdom. Nevertheless Abraham affirms the fact that Isaac (his seed) will have the land. Therefore he must have a wife in order to produce an heir to which the Covenant will pass. He approached an unnamed slave/servant of his household who controlled all of his considerable estate. We know this to be Eliezer of Damascus (Genesis 15: 2). This was the same trusted slave/servant who would have been Abraham’s choice for inheritor if Jehovah God had not given him Isaac. Now Abraham requires him to swear a solemn oath not to take a wife for Isaac from among the Canaanites where they were living. Abraham knew that his nephew Bethuel had recently had a daughter who was called Rebecca. Abraham makes Eliezer swear an oath to Abraham that he will carry out this task. In ancient Mid-Eastern practice Eliezer is told to place his hand under Abraham’s thigh and this would signify the acceptance of the oath. This means that if you are subject to my authority then I will sit on your hand in affirmation of you being under my will.

Eliezer then asks Abraham what he will do if the chosen woman will not follow him back to Canaan. Abraham says that Jehovah God will send His angels in front of him to secure the task. If the woman will not come Eliezer is told not to go back to Mesopotamia to find her a second time.

The twenty-fourth chapter is the longest in the book of Genesis. It is important for several reasons.  First, it is a wonderful model of the appropriate characteristics we should look for in a spouse. Secondly, since the New Testament describes Isaac as a type of Christ we can see those parallels.

The Bible has many references to Isaac as a type. In Amos 7:9,16, Israel is identified as his people. He is used to illustrate the resurrection of the dead and life after death in both Matthew 22:23-33 and Mark 12:18-27. In Galatians 4:28-31 he is used to illustrate the relation of the Old Law to the New. His blessing of his sons is cited as an example of faith in Hebrews 11:20. Read more

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The Angel of Jehovah Visited Abraham With Significant News

God’s Sixth Appearance to Abraham

The Angels Appear to Abraham by Giovan Battista Tiepopo Cir 1696-1770

The Angels Appear to Abraham by Giovan Battista Tiepopo Cir 1696-1770

At the Terebinth of Mamre where Abraham was sojourning and recovering from his circumcision as well as that of the males in his entourage, Jehovah God appeared for the sixth time. Two angels accompanied this appearance of God and they appeared to Abraham in the early afternoon (heat of the day) when the Middle Easterners eat their main meal. This is another preincarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ with His angels.

As soon as Abraham realized that he had visitors he ran out to meet them. As he approached them he bowed himself to the earth. The Hebrew word for bow is שְׁתַּ֖ח shatach, which is used here for the first time in Scripture. It begins to show a contrast to the reception Abraham gave them and what would follow with the visit to Sodom, and attempted molestation. Abraham when out of his way to provide for them while the men of Sodom, as we will see wanted nothing more than to have homosexual relations with them (molestation). The moral states of Abraham and Sodom are then contrasted by their different treatments of strangers. Abraham’s peaceful, quiet visit contrasted greatly with Sodom’s outbursts of brutality and inhumanity, which we will see in Genesis chapters 18-19. The fact that the God of the universe wanted to have a meal with Abraham indicates His close personal relationship. Abraham addresses the Lord Jehovah with the proper Hebrew word for God which is Adonai אֲדֹנָ֗י. In the Hebrew language this word always refers to God Himself. If it was referring to a man that has power or position over another that would be adon אָדוֹן. The two words while sharing the same root system are very different. Adonai always refers to God Himself.

It is important to view Abraham’s manner of serving these three visitors. He hurried over to them then hurried back to the tent, ran to the herd, enlisted his servant as well as his wife Sarah and hurried back to them after he had water brought to wash their feet. He served them freshly baked bread, a choice tender calf, curds and milk and finally he stood as if to wait on them while they were eating. He wanted to please them and let them know they were welcome. The New Testament addresses visitors that come to us in Hebrews 13: 1-2 and commands us to welcome them similarly into our fellowship as they might be angels sent by God.

 

The Angels First Purpose for Visiting

The Angel Appears to Sarah by Giovan Battista Tiepolo Cir. 1696-1770

The Angel Appears to Sarah by Giovan Battista Tiepolo Cir. 1696-1770

 

As they were enjoying the fellowship with Abraham they asked where Sarah was and he responded by saying that she was in the tent. It is additional affirmation that this was God Himself since the visitors knew Sarai’s new God given name, Sarah because they called for her by that name. Jehovah God, The Angel of the Lord then commences the discussion by stating the promise of the covenantal heir would come through her in one year (according to the time of life).  The writer of this section of Genesis (perhaps Shem) now digresses to tell us that Sarah and Abraham were physically too old for producing children. Now Sarah was in the tent right behind them and heard the promise. Her response is to laugh within herself and not out loud. In doing so she speaks to herself too inwardly stating in question form that she and Abraham are too old to have the pleasure of children. God in His omniscience knows she is laughing at the promise of having a child in one year asks Abraham, “ Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?” God know the answer, He is simple letting Abraham know that He knew her unbelief. Here unbelief will not cancel the unilateral unconditional provision of the Abrahamic Covenant.  God then reveals an important fact about Himself, His all-powerful ability to do anything (hard) He promises. This particular promise refers to one of those acts that are outside of the normal natural order of things on earth. The Hebrew word for hard is pelé פָּלֵ֥א. It always refers to a characteristic of God in Scripture to do hidden things. That is, those supernatural actions that only God can achieve. It is never used to refer to man, only God (Judges 13: 18; Psalm 139: 6; Isaiah 9: 6, 28: 29). It sometimes gets translated as wonderful, extraordinary, surpassing or as in this case hard. We see Jesus bringing this characteristic of His divinity out in His discussion regarding a rich man’s difficulty in entering heaven (Matthew 19:  26).

Christ here is affirming what He said to Abraham and that is you must trust God to do what He said He would do. We must listen to this and apply it to our lives when our anxiety is increasing over worldly cares that God said He would solve.

God confronts Sarah when He says again that he will return in one year and Sarah will indeed have a son. She says I didn’t laugh after God rebuked her and He says “Yes you did!”

 The Angels Second Purpose for Visiting

Abraham and The Three Angels by Lucas can Leyden 1494-1553

Abraham and The Three Angels by Lucas can Leyden 1494-1553

The three visitors rose from the meal and fellowship and looked toward Sodom where they were next to visit. Abraham the host went with them as custom dictated to escort them on their way. God brings out a rhetorical question in verse seventeen. He asks shall I hide from Abraham that which I do? The obvious answer is no. God is now choosing to provide Abraham with His intention to destroy Sodom. God summarizes the Abrahamic covenant in verse eighteen and if to say He must be told because some of the Gentiles will never receive the blessings of the Covenant. But Abraham must know which in the Hebrew means an intimate knowing. It will be revealed because Abraham is a friend of God (II Chronicles 20: 7; James 2: 23). All of the retinue of Abraham according to God must be taught to obey the Lord through His commandments. Finally God tells him that he will fulfill all the promises He made to him. The predominant theme of God’s action is justice. It grows out of the preceding verses. We know that God is able to do whatever He chooses to do. What is most important for us to realize is that it is just. He is perfectly just and what He does is also perfectly justified even when we don’t understand it. He is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He says their sins are very grievous. He then says that He will go down and evaluate it. As God He already knew what they had done and what He was going to do to them. He is letting Abraham and us know that He does not carry out destructions without careful evaluation. No massive judgments that God carries out are done in ignorance. We must realize this when we don’t understand why God has done something we do not understand. His ways are not our ways (Daniel 5: 23).

God’s decision to destroy came about for the fundamental sin that took Lucifer down, pride (Ezekiel 16: 49).  It was Sodom’s pride not just the commonly held homosexuality that brought God’s judgment on the city. They had too many material things, led lives of leisure and refrained from helping the poor.

 

Daniel E Woodhead

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How To Have a Happy, Prosperous Arab World

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY, PROSPEROUS ARAB WORLD

By Tom McCall, Th.D.

Abraham Leaves Canaan for The Promise Land Artist Unknown

Abraham Leaves Canaan for The Promise Land Artist Unknown

God said to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: “I will bless those that bless you and curse anyone who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3)  By and large, the Arabs have tried cursing the Jewish people and Israel for the last 65 years and more, and what has it gotten them?  With the exception of some corrupt oil Sheikdoms most of the Arab world lives in abject poverty and despair, locked in third world status and misery.

Why not try the blessing option?  What if the Arabs said to Israel, “Welcome back to your ancient homeland!  Come back to your small sliver of land with 7 or so million Jews surrounded by 22 Arab countries with over 200 million people stretching from West Africa to Afghanistan.  Let us build the Middle East into a new area of harmony and prosperity.  Let us learn together how to make our deserts blossom like a rose with the advanced irrigation methods you are developing.  With peace, our region could become one of the greatest tourist attractions of the world, with people traveling in secure safety to visit the origins of civilization featuring Jerusalem, Egypt, Babylon, Damascus and Nineveh.”

How would God respond to such an open invitation by the Arabs to Israel?  I believe God would fulfill His promise to bless the Arab world for blessing Israel in ways we cannot even imagine.  How would the Jewish people respond?  They would be overjoyed at the prospects of long hoped for peace with their neighbors, and the flood gates of cooperation and prosperity would open wide.

Is this scenario likely to happen?  Sadly, no.  The Arab hatred of Israel runs so deep that the idea of such a radical reversal of attitude seems beyond the scope of reasonable expectation.  Nevertheless, miracles have happened before in the affairs of nations, and what seems impossible with man is possible with God.  Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Written by Thomas S. McCall Th.D.

 

Artwork posted by Daniel E. Woodhead

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