When the prophet Joel spoke out against the parting of Israel's land, it wasn't primarily because such a move would threaten her ability to defend herself. In fact, that's not an issue: God is big enough to handle the defense of Israel regardless of what the world attempts to do.

 

In fact, He likes it when the odds appear to be against Him. Scripture provides a superb example of that in the story of Gideon in chapters six and seven of the Book of Judges. The nation of Israel at that time had turned away from God, whose response was to place them under subjection to the Midianites for seven years. After that period of cruel treatment, an angel appeared to a man named Gideon and said something surprising to him: “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor.” Gideon's reaction must have been like that of any ordinary person, then or now, confronted by such an apparition making that kind of statement. I can imagine him saying “Say what?” or “Who, me?” His recorded response to the angel was to grouse about the mistreatment of his countrymen and God's apparent desertion of them in the face of it. After being told that Israel would rise up in battle against the Midianites and that he would be the one leading them, he had a hard time accepting the responsibility. He demanded proof, in the form of miracles, of the angel's credentials. It took several of them to convince him. Then, when he had collected his army of twenty-two thousand men, they found a very large number of Midianites arrayed against their encampment. Despite this terrifying sight, God told Gideon that his army of Israelites was too large; reduce it, He said, “lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, My own hand has saved me”. After allowing the fearful to depart, ten thousand remained behind. Reduce it further, God told him; the army was still too large. He had Gideon lead them down to the water, where the majority drank on their knees, only three hundred lapping with their tongues. God retained only that three hundred men to fight, having Gideon send the others home. During the battle that ensued, Gideon's men made a ruckus with trumpets, breaking pottery, and cries of “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon”. They then stood their ground, essentially watching while the Midianites fought each other and fled in terror. Gideon's victorious men then pursued them and captured their princes.

 

Given that modern Israel's enemies did the same thing in the 1973 Yom Kippur war, one can only surmise that they saw things which others didn't, perhaps a host of angelic warriors. One might also surmise that the account of Gideon's victory against the Midianites had a prophetic purpose, perhaps a warning to those of our own generation not to mess with God's Israel.

 

The real issue with the 'roadmap to peace' or any other scheme that would part Israel's land and remove the West Bank from her possession is the arrogance implicit in the statement that it makes regarding the existence of God, precisely as matters stood in Gideon's day. The territory of the West Bank was given to Israel not by man, but by God Himself: the land is specifically included in the Bible. It was not to be a temporary possession: the duration of this gift was specifically defined in the Bible as forever. Therefore, this plan is nothing less than an overt mockery of God.

 

 

Published by Art Perkins