January 18: The Nations

There is confusion regarding the Jewish people’s right to the land of Israel. The passage for this week from the prophet Ezekiel clarifies this part of Israel’s history.

Three issues cannot be separated:

  • God’s unique relationship with Israel
  • His promises to the patriarchs
  • Israel’s relationship to the land.

Ezekiel 11:5-13

Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the Lord: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.  You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”  Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; but I shall bring you out of the midst of it. You have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you,” says the Lord God.  “And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you.  You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.  This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.”’”

Although God’s promise of the land to the Jewish people is irreversible, their possession of it depends on their obedience.

PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND YOUR NATION TO RECOGNIZE GOD’S UNBREAKABLE PROMISE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE REGARDING THEIR RIGHT TO THE LAND.

(More pictures from Beit El)

[Caves abound, some for living and others for wine and olive presses]

caves 4 away

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