Monday, February 01, 2010

Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East

One of the most vexing problems in international relations today is the issue of Israel and its neighbors. John Piper presents an outstanding biblical look at Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East which I recommend to you.

I think he lays out the biblical evidence for divine covenant blessings of Israel's, the facts of Israel's disobedience, the role of Gentiles, and a strong admonition about how Christians should and should not proceed.

Here is his conclusion:

"You recall that all-important word that Jesus spoke to Pilate in John 18:36: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Christians do not take up the sword to advance the kingdom of Christ. We wait for a king from heaven who will deliver us by his mighty power. And in that great day Jew and Gentile who have treasured Christ will receive what was promised. There will be a great reversal: the last will be first, and the meek—in fellowship with the Lamb of God—will inherit the Land.

"Therefore, come to the meek and lowly Christ while there is time, and receive forgiveness of sins, and the hope of glory."

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