Watchmen on the Walls

Israel and the Jewish people have been miraculously resilient over the millennia having survived attack after attack from her enemies near and far.  Although they’ve been dispersed to the four corners of the earth, somehow they have maintained their unique Jewish identity and are now regathering in the land of Israel just as the Bible said would happen.  Against all odds, the Jews have retained their ancient religion, culture and original language. 

From the earliest recorded history, the Jews have stood out as a unique group of people not due to their own merit or determination but by the will of God Himself.  The Old Testament, which is based on the Hebrew Torah and Tanakh, predates the Koran and details the history of the Jewish people.  God chose the Jews to carefully record and preserve His word and faithfully pass it down from generation to generation.

God declared to the Jewish people how they were to conduct their lives. He said they were destined to be a light unto the nations. The Israelites were given a choice; to follow God and receive His blessings or turn from Him and face the consequences. Even so, God promised His people that He would never leave them nor forsake them but He has punished them.  Throughout history the Jews have suffered greatly. In ancient times under Pharaoh, life for the Israelites was dismal.  During the time of the Crusades the Jews were mercilessly slaughtered and even burned alive and under the Nazis they were rounded up and tortured in the most horrendous ways imaginable. Their savage tormentors have perished yet the Jews live on.  As promised, God has not forsaken them and He never will.

Those few countries and people groups who have historically blessed and stood by Israel and the Jews have prospered.  Those who embrace the Islamic ideology which is bent on annihilating the Jews are not fairing so well and this is particularly evident when looking at the so-called Palestinians. They live in deep poverty and constant turmoil under corrupt leadership. What’s happening in Jerusalem right now concerning the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque is appalling. Palestinians are murdering Israelis in cold blood and then protesting Israel’s right to protect themselves.  Recently Palestinian gunmen ambushed and killed two Israeli police officers.  These Palestinians smuggled guns into the mosque and then burst out and opened fire killing the officers.  Israel took the very sensible step of temporarily closing the mosque and setting up metal detectors to prevent future gun smuggling into the mosque.  Setting up metal detectors has sent the world into an uproar. Palestinians have taken to the streets in violent protests.  The claim is that Israel is destroying the “status quo” and perhaps even trying to take over the Temple Mount which is completely untrue.  Even the World Council of Churches has endorsed the Palestinian protests. Has the world gone mad?  

Safety measures such as metal detectors are common at religious sites around the world.  Even Saudi Arabia established tight restrictions back in 2015 for those Muslims performing a pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj.  We are living in a world where no place is immune from acts of terror.  Why are the Palestinians so outraged by these new metal detectors?  My guess is they had plans for something bigger on which this new heightened security is putting a damper.  Just as He promised, God is still watching over His people.  After all, He has placed watchmen on the walls.