The conflict between Arabs and Jews is perhaps the most explosive issue in the world today. Every since Dr. Ralph Bunche negotiated the peace agreement that stopped the fighting in 1949, the world fears that conflict may erupt at any moment. At least one reason for the hostility is that both sides claim rights to the same piece of land. Jews point to the biblical covenant in which God promised the land to Abraham. In one place, Genesis 17, God says to Abram: “I am God Almighty. Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will confirm my covenant with you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.” Of course, Arabs either ignore this text or give it another meaning, and that’s why the conflict rages. God’s people pray that until Jesus comes to resolve the issue, the parties will at least find temporary peace. Meanwhile, God calls all of His children to do as He instructed Abram: “Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.” God empowers us to do this when we come to Him by faith, on the merits of His Son Jesus, and submit ourselves to His Holy Spirit.
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