‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’
2 Chronicles 20:9
Disastrous hatred has struck Israel, once again! Sirens are piercing the beautiful blue sky as shouts of mekhahbel – terrorist – pierce the tranquility of the moment. Mekhahbel – terrorist is a word that has so frequently torn tranquility from the hands of Israel. A tiny nation who only wants peace constantly has to stand against those who would destroy her in every aspect of the word.
In September, 2015, when Abbas made his declaration that Oslo was over and Palestine was under occupation, the world turned a blind eye. In fact, shortly after that the United Nations hosted a grand ceremony for the raising of the Palestinian flag – the flag of a terrorist wanna-be-county. Ignoring outcries from Israel, the UN didn’t even bother to blink when they hoisted the so-called Palestinian flag in front of the United Nations, the fluff intergovernmental organization created to promote international co-operation. After all, it was only Israel that had suffered as a result of Oslo and the terror that it brought, so it was immaterial that Abbas had taken this stand. Somehow, the blood of Jews on the streets of Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv and now Ra’nana is never enough – there is always the cry “the Jews caused it.”
Really? It was Arafat that insisted the so-called Palestinians deserved the land – the land that had always been theirs and demanded it be returned to them. He wanted all of it and to this day, that is the cry of the so-called Palestinians. A lie that has been whipped into a fire storm as, once again, Israel is under attack from within.
How do you stop hatred that drives a fourteen year old boy to don camouflage gear, sit in a crowded entrance to a gate and then attack border police with a knife? How do you stop that? How do you correct that? What hatred drives the would-be murderer whether it is a homicide car-bomber or a lone wolf terrorist? Their ideology is one of hatred.
Hatred versus peace! Which will win?
In 2 Chronicles 20, Israel was under attack from four nations: Moab, Ammon, Meunites (an Arab tribe that lived on the border of Egypt) and Edom. They were a great multitude that had already penetrated the physical land of Israel and had made their way to EnGedi by the time Jehoshaphat learned of the impending attack on Jerusalem. Immediately he proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah, asking for help from the Lord.
Jehoshaphat prayed, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment,[c] or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.”
Israel needs a Jehoshaphat today; one who will fast and pray and cry out to God for surely disaster has come. In the end, Israel will survive this – but at what cost? No one has the answer, but in fasting and praying and crying out to God, we will have stood with Israel and have made a difference for her in this, her hour of need.