Cannot Give Up the Land On the 24th of May 2006, the Prime Minister of Israel stood before the U.S. Congress and spoke of the ancient dream of the Jewish people. That dream is that they might finally come into the inheritance of land promised to them by God recorded in the Old Testament. At no time in all the ancient history of Israel did they ever possess all that was promised. Then he said a heart-wrenching thing. Just slightly over fifty-eight years since little Israel once again became a nation among nations Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was prepared to sacrifice dreams for peace! This is an impossible thing that no one who believes Godís Word could ever see as probable. And there are some theologians who suspect former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who after struggling a lifetime for the Promised Land, now lies in a coma because he conceived such an idea and forced Jews off the land. They think God smote him for being willing to abandon the hope of a soon fulfillment of Godís promise to Israel! When the Hebrew people came into the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, the land was divided first among the tribes, then further among the families to hold forever. But the land always remained Godís. In His provision for Israel, God required that on the Jubilee Years land lost to another must be returned to the original family in Israel. Even when God allowed the people to be driven from the land because of sin, eventual restoration was always promised. In the dispersion of Jews throughout the world, the Gentile nations often denied Jewish people the right to own land, further ingraining the promise made by God of the Land of Promise where they might one day find rest! In the great faith chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11, the promise of homeland is in sight throughout. It recalls the great heroes of the faith we study in our Old Testament. And in that chapter the contrast is made between the promise of a land and a better vision: ďBut now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.Ē (16) Could we ever abandon that hope of the promised heavenly city? No more than a Child of Israel may abandon the God given earthly promise of this land!
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