Well, there goes another resolution. Somehow the days go by and I don't get around to writing up any of my observations. But I guess that is no reason to keep on ignoring this blog.
Over the past few weeks I have been taking a course online from the Institute of Jewish Studies. The Institute is an arm of the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. I have appreciated the work of FOI for many years and have been a long time subscriber to their magazine, "Israel, My Glory."
The course I was taking was called "Jewish History: Modern." It covered approximately the past 150 years, examining the Zionist movement that led to the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948, and the years since that time. It was a real experience for me, learning about the passion of the Jewish people and their determination to forge a rebuilt Israel, against unbelievable odds.
Many times, including the first days after the declaration of statehood on May 14, 1948, it looked as though the nation could not possibly survive. Five Arab nations, with 50 million people, against one tiny nation with a total population of 600,000 Jews seemed like a certain defeat. Yet, with hardly any weapons, and very little training, the new nation held off their attackers.
Again, during the Suez Crisis in 1956, the Six-Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, along with endless terrorist attacks over the years, the Jewish people stood firm and defeated much stronger nations whose goal was to annihilate the nation. There is only one possible explanation--the hand of Almighty God, whose promise to Abraham of a land for his descendants is more powerful than the armies of those who would destroy Israel.
Today we see many leaders in our western world who are urging Israel to give up almost everything to appease the Arab nations, who will be appeased by nothing less than the destruction of Israel. I am so thankful for Prime Minister Harper who has openly declared his support for the nation of Israel.
The Jewish people are God's chosen people and He clearly said to Abraham that, "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:2-3) Even though, as a nation, they are not faithful to God, yet his promise still stands.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.