Is a Peace Treaty such a bad thing. As Christians, we know that God’s love for everyone is unconditional, and given the fact that God sent His only Son to die on a cross is absolute proof of this. Over the years the media has done a good job positioning Palestinian’s as the premier enemy of Israel, however, not all Palestinians are against Israel. The majority of Palestinian people are oppressed, even by their own leadership, many are forced into terrorists activities at the point of a gun. Iran, using the three most powerful terrorist organization under their umbrella has taken on the task of terrorist activities against Israel, the fodder they employ (Palestinians.) Iran doesn’t strap suicide bombs to their own people? Of course not, they require or force Palestinians into this job.
The Palestinian people are nomadic, meaning they don’t have a homeland of their own, even though they occupy the Gaza strip and the West Bank, God never promised the land of Canaan to the Palestinians, He promised it to the Hebrews (Jews.) However it does imply that in the future the Palestinians may require protection, because God has provided protection before. Keep reading.
During the days of Joshua, they disobeyed God and failed to cleanse the land of Canaan of all the people that occupied the land, namely Palestine. And because of this, God said that they would be a throne in the side of Israel.
Is it possible that God has an ulterior motive concerning the Palestinian people? Obviously God knew that Israel would disobey and fail to completely remove Palestine from the land because I believe God has a plan that would protect the Palestine people.
*Most of the indigenous Canaanites viewed the presence of the Israelites in Canaan as a threat. But some isolated villages decided it would be to their advantage to make peace with the Israelites. One such village was Gibeon. The problem, however, was that the Gibeonites knew that the Israelites were not in the practice of making peace but were under divine orders to exterminate everyone. But the Gibeonites were clever in avoiding this. Although they lived only a short distance from Gilgal where the Israelites were encamped, they disguised themselves as travelers from afar. They figured that if they were perceived to be foreigners, who presumably held no claim to Canaan, then the Israelites might make a treaty with them.
When the larger Canaanite city-states of the area heard of the Gibeonites’ accommodation to the Israelites, they were furious and attacked Gibeon. The Israelites were bound by treaty to come to their aid. In the process of rescuing the Gibeonites, Joshua and the Israelites defeated the kings of five important southern city-states: Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. This secured the territory of what would become Judah for the Israelites. In the course of Joshua’s battle against Gibeon’s enemies, he called upon the sun to stand still in the sky to give the Israelites enough time to defeat the Amorites.
The Israelites were tricked by this deceit and entered into formal treaty arrangements with the Gibeonites, which included a pledge of protection. Shortly afterwards, the Israelites found out that these people lived only a short distance away. They were furious but could not dissolve the treaty and still be deemed honorable. In retaliation for their trickery, the Israelites enslaved the Gibeonites, making them “hewers of wood and drawers of water,” but stopped short of exterminating them.
God used Israels failing to cleanse the land and turned it to His Glory, He used the peace treaty with the Gibeonites because He knew ahead of time that the five cities bent on wiping out them and their defeat by Joshua and his army would play an important part in Israels future. Ask yourself this. “Why can’t God use a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestine people for His Glory and their protection?
God did this once before, right, so why can’t He do this again. Are the Palestinian people unworthy of the cross? Is the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross unattainable for the Palestinian people? We know by the Gibeon account that God had a plan for them, since we know the outcome of that ancient treaty, cannot God use similar circumstances to save and protect the Palestinian people, it worked before, so why can’t it work again!
God has many attributes, and two of these attributes are love and mercy. Obviously, God displayed these two great attributes towards the Gibeonite people even when Joshua failed to cleanse the land. A dead people cannot praise and give Glory to God, neither can the Palestinians, so it makes sense that God has a plan. The passage below proves my statement.
I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39-7.
The days ahead will no doubt be filled with extraordinary events, the peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is gaining more ground. Iran, it appears, is closer to becoming a nuclear power. It also appears that Israel may have no choice to to make a decision to attack Iranian nuclear production facilities. President Obama early in October of this year made a call to Iranian President Mr. Rouhani. The phone call was the first contact between American and Iranian Presidents in more than 30 years and was seen by some in the West as a promising sign that Iran might be willing to make compromises on its nuclear program in order to get crippling sanctions lifted.
We see that events today are shaping the future, not just for Israel but the nations.
I urge you to watch the events today and pray for Israel and the nations, because one way or the other God has a plan.
It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.
Article snippets: Gibeon (*) paragraphs courtesy Barrybandstra.com.