Gaza and the Gibeonites
by Patricia Backora
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Eccles.8:11: Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Today an abominable WAR CRIME was reported: A hospital ship approached the coast of Gaza, carrying doctors, medications, and equipment to help the THOUSANDS Israel has wounded in this “incursion” (genocide). The ship got this chilling message: “Either turn around or we’ll blow you out of the water.”
Think of it! Poor Gaza, short of bandages, anesthetics, antibiotics, disinfectant, while EVERYTHING needed to save lives was blocked by “the only oasis of civilization in the Middle East”! Not to mention any newborns who might need specialist treatment, or problem pregnancies needing the help that threatened ship of mercy could have provided. This is an unutterably evil sin committed by the Israeli military! The Lord look upon it and require it (2 Chron.24:22). After all this UNREPENTANT nation has done to oppress her neighbors this is unforgivable! At the Final Judgment, may the Lord reward the guilty according to their works (Matt.16:27; 2 Tim.2:14; Rev.18:6).
Jesus said a tree is known BY ITS FRUITS! A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree which doesn’t produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire (Matt.7:16-20).
The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel (Prov.12:10).
Jer.29:17: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like VILE FIGS, THAT CANNOT BE EATEN, THEY ARE SO EVIL.
Heb.6:8: But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
Over the past few weeks decent freedom-loving people have been SICKENED by the spiritual fruit of Israel! Only the power of God can deliver the Gazans from the invincible BULLY ON THE BLOCK!
With no immediate retribution to fear, sinners grow more ruthless. Latest body count in Gaza: well over 1000. This is the Palestinians’ 9-11! While the world looks on in horror Israel DAILY rains death on a tiny parcel of land SEALED off to outside relief agencies.
Blockading (besieging) other peoples’ territory is a violation of international law, and an act of war. It’s a WAR CRIME to drop burning phosphorous on densely populated areas. It’s against international law to prevent the evacuation of wounded civilians for medical treatment. It’s a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY to attack ships delivering humanitarian aid!!!!It’s a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY to target CLEARLY MARKED ambulances and UN facilities. It’s a WAR CRIME to mow down a Palestinian family whose mother is carrying a white flag! It’s against international law to collectively punish an entire nation for its choice in a fair and free democratic election. Hamas was OVERWHELMINGLY elected in Gaza, but ONLY because the Gazans need some sort of deliverer from the murderous Israeli Pharaoh.
Israel refused to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza on one of their “Sabbaths”, saying it was against their religious law to “work” on that day. But the bombing continued! I guess it doesn’t count as “work” to rain down burning phosphorous? Probably not, more like child’s play! No other country on earth defies so many UN human rights resolutions! And yet Zionist preachers say Christians OWE Israel UNCONDITIONAL support!
Would such Christians have sided with Israel when she crucified Christ (Acts 7:52; I Thes.2:15)? I know a dash of OT militarism spices up the song service, but doesn’t Jesus’ opinion on violence matter?
Matt.26:52: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
The wicked Pharisees were forever trying to hang Jesus on His own words. More than once they asked Jesus if it was okay to heal folks on the Sabbath. Jesus asked them if they’d do nice things for their own LIVESTOCK on the Sabbath, and weren’t humans at LEAST as valuable (Matt.12:10-12; Luke 13:16)? Jesus concluded it is LAWFUL to do well on the Sabbath (Matt.12:12). Now if Christ said this even under the OLD Covenant, then we can conclude that under our BETTER covenant, acts of love should be done EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Luke 6:9: Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy [it]?
If Christians agree that Israelis SHOULD block deliveries of LIFE-GIVING food, water and medicine on the Sabbath, they’re opposing Christ, Who is the LORD of the Sabbath! (Matt.12:8; Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5).
Did John the Baptist preach violence?
Luke 3:14: And the soldiers likewise demanded of him (John), saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, DO VIOLENCE TO NO MAN (no mention of race), neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages.
Did Jesus Himself rubberstamp all of Israel’s policies when He walked the earth? Just read all of Matthew chapter 23 where Christ denounces the policies of murderous snakes headed for the damnation of hell!
Many American Christians don’t realize that a large percentage of Israeli Jews are intellectual ATHEISTS. Did Jesus emphasize the spiritual superiority of “God’s chosen people”? What did He say about one ROMAN soldier HUMBLY approached Him, seeking healing for his sick servant?
Matt.8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I HAVE NOT FOUND SO GREAT FAITH, NO, NOT IN ISRAEL.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE CAST OUT INTO OUTER DARKNESS: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Some Christians say they can “bring Jesus back” via world evangelization. Others insist He’ll arrive quicker only if they FIRST help Armageddon get here sooner (so long as it doesn’t get too close to home). But NOWHERE does Jesus instruct His disciples to arm the Israeli army! The only time the NT mentions foreign aid to Israel, Paul collected it to relieve a FAMINE suffered by Jewish CHRISTIANS (Rom.15:26). Paul NEVER solicited donations to fight the Romans. I suspect Paul might say something like this to Zionist Christians:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but remember that true lasting peace comes only through CHRIST, Who IS our peace (Eph.2:14). Why do you disregard our Lord’s instruction to love and feed even our enemies? Why do you excuse Israel’s siege of their hungry neighbors, just because it’s Israel doing the besieging? Why are you glad to see your tax dollars provide deadly weapons for Israel and then profess to love Jesus, Who is holy, HARMLESS and undefiled (Heb.7:26)? Why do you forget the example of the Good Samaritan and insist that Israel is ALWAYS the good guy and anybody she hurts must be the bad guys? Why do you watch that bombing victim from the comfort of your living room and deny him help? Or has ISRAEL forbidden one Samaritan to minister to another Samaritan? Why do you pledge allegiance to Israel even when her wicked soldiers shoot babies in the back? Don’t you know that Israel has rejected God’s ONLY Way to salvation and has made herself the ENEMY of God until He removes the blinders from her eyes (Rom.11:25,28)? What reprobate preacher taught you to rejoice at all the bloodletting in the Middle East just because it’s a sure sign you’re about to be raptured up out of all your OWN troubles in the comfort of your own living room? Why do you think God will reward you for replacing your world-wide ministry to ALL MEN (I Tim.2:4) with Zionist militarism? Is it because you put confidence in the flesh instead of the spirit (Phil.3:3)? Who’s been teaching you this perverted junk anyway? How will you justify spending the Lord’s money on arms for Israel when God holds YOU accountable for strengthening the hands of the wicked by lending aid and support to Jesus’ enemies (Jere.23:14)? Since when did Jesus ever say, “Annie, go get your gun” instead of “Take up your cross and follow Me”? What’s the matter with MY gospel anyway (2 Tim.2:8)? Haven’t you ever heard that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Those who follow ANY OTHER GOSPEL other than what I preached 2000 years ago are cursed, and I repeat, CURSED! (Gal.1:8-9).
Yes, Paul WOULD wonder why the dozing Watchmen of the Church have allowed this Trojan horse of militant Zionist churchianity to sneak in. Paul would wonder why race, not grace, is the basis for this popular new “gospel”.
Sodom was so sordid it made Las Vegas look like a Sunday School camp. God was about to unleash “Shock and Awe” on this CANAANITE city and it horrified Abraham (who was NOT a Jew but hailed from modern-day Iraq). Remember the deal Abraham made with God in Genesis 18:32? If only TEN righteous souls could be found in wicked Sodom, God would spare the whole disgusting place for their sakes. So why wouldn’t God be just as merciful today? The contrast between compassionate Abraham and cruel Israel is shocking! Abraham could have simply said, “God, I culd care less about Sodom’s fate. Just get my nephew out!” But Abraham was a better man than that. If Christians rejoice when Israel “ethnically cleanses” her land, why should Arabs and Palestinians listen to western missionaries who preach about the love of Jesus?
Under the New Covenant, faith in Christ alone brings righteousness (Phil.3:9), although God values ALL lives lost in Gaza! There must have been at least TEN born-again believers among the slain, since a certain percentage of Palestinians are Christians. If even ONE born-again believer was murdered in Gaza, the killer is guilty of destroying a temple of God’s Holy Spirit (I Cor.6:19).
Won’t be long until Israel’s election. A Palestinian official appeared on TV and pointed out that before EVERY election Israelis massacre Palestinians to help the ruling party stay in power. She wonders how Israel gets away with violating the Geneva Convention and committing war crimes which would NEVER be tolerated elsewhere.
“Ethnic cleansing” a political stunt? As Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun. Three thousand years ago King Saul did a similar dirty deed, and God punished the whole nation for it.
2 Sam.21:1: Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and SAUL SOUGHT TO SLAY THEM IN HIS ZEAL TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH.)
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?
Seven of Saul’s male relatives had to be sacrificed to end God’s judgment on Israel. The Gibeonites would have been exterminated along with other Canaanite tribes in the days of Joshua (Josh.9:3-27). But they pulled one over on General Joshua. Using old shoes and moldy bread, they convinced Joshua that they were from a far-off land. So he made a treaty of protection with them. Then Joshua discovered that the Gibeonites were Canaanites who lived nearby. But because Joshua had sworn unto the LORD to let them live, he couldn’t touch them. Instead, the Gibeonites were kept as slaves who cut wood and drew water for the Tabernacle. In Joshua 9:18 the Israelites GRIPED about not being allowed to kill them. This alone should show you the vast contrast between Old Testament meanness and Jesus’ new way of love for men of ALL nations (Matt.8:11; 28:19; Rev.5:9).
King Saul, like the modern Zionist state, committed genocide against indigenous populations to prove his “zeal to the children of Israel and Judah”, despite Israel’s solemn treaty with the Gibeonites. SIX MONTHS before the last major ceasefire was due to end, the Israelis violated it by assassinating 36 enemy leaders. Throughout that period, the Israelis broke her agreement to OPEN THE BORDERS to allow the Palestinians freedom of movement. Instead, the Gaza Strip has remained a Warsaw Ghetto imprisoning (and now bombing) sick, weary, hungry, dying refugees. In breach of the ceasefire the Israelis have PROVOKED the Palestinians to hostility by caging them like rats, hidden from world view, unable to provide for their families or live a bearable life. The Israelis reportedly had ALREADY planned their “incursion” eighteen months ago, to be done right before Obama took over from Bush (I wonder why?)
Do genetic Jews merit favor with God by virtue of their race? Paul said:
Rom.9:4: All the seed of Abraham were NOT the children of the promise
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are NOT ALL Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Gal.3:28: There is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Verse 29: And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Why don’t Christians believe this?
Israel stands condemned by God for all her truce-breaking and human rights violations. Saul slew with his sword, but he didn’t use Uncle Sam’s satanic technology to murder people with. Christians should wonder whether Israel has put AMERICA in God’s place as her chief provider and protector (cash cow and yes-man). Does Israel have a PERPETUAL, UNINTERRUPTED right to the rewards of the Old Covenant, regardless of their conduct?
Jere.7:3: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend (reform) your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
6 IF YE OPPRESS NOT THE STRANGER (ALIEN), the fatherless, and the widow, and SHED NOT INNOCENT BLOOD IN THIS PLACE, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
7 THEN WILL I CAUSE YOU TO DWELL IN THIS PLACE, IN THE LAND THAT I GAVE TO YOUR FATHERS, FOR EVER AND EVER.
Jere.22:3: Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and DO NO WRONG, DO NO VIOLENCE TO THE STRANGER, the fatherless, nor the widow, NEITHER SHED INNOCENT BLOOD IN THIS PLACE.
The flip side of the coin: If Israel pollutes God’s Land with innocent blood and commits genocide against the “stranger”, she has forfeited her right to dwell in God’s land. Most Christians don’t realize that the Old Covenant was a CONDITIONAL COVENANT OF WORKS which had to be faithfully kept by Abraham’s seed in order for them to EARN the rewards of that covenant! That shipload of URGENTLY NEEDED medical aid shooed away by the Israelis, along with her other war crimes, PROVES the Israelis aren’t keeping their end of their covenant (agreement) with God, so He won’t have to keep HIS end of the bargain, either!
Are Christians REALLY “covenant partners” with Israel? Is this doctrine found in the NT, or is it really a “marriage made in hell” between flesh and spirit (2 Cor.6:15)?
Gal.2:18: For if I build again the things which I destroyed (trust in the Old Law) , I make myself a transgressor.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Heb.8:8: For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; BECAUSE THEY CONTINUED NOT IN MY COVENANT, AND I REGARDED THEM NOT, saith the Lord.
Even if an uneasy truce IS hammered out, God will ALWAYS remember unrepentant Israel’s massacre of refugees in Gaza and other places (Remember Jenin?). These heinous sins are NOT under the Blood of Christ! The Holy Land is polluted with innocent blood (Psalms 106:38). Contrary to what many “Dual Covenant” Christians believe, God does NOT have a “Plan B” for Jews who reject Jesus. There is salvation in NONE OTHER but Christ (Acts 4:12). All roads DON’T lead to heaven. That’s sweet sentiment, but it just ain’t true. Anyone who tries to bypass Christ to get to God is a thief and a robber (John 10:1). Those who deliberately started this PRE-ISRAELI-ELECTION and PRE-US-INAUGURATION SLAUGHTER of innocent Palestinian babies remain GUILTY AND UNFORGIVEN by God, since the Blood of Jesus Christ has NOT washed away this innocent blood! The chickens may not come home to roost for decades, but at some point in history a perfectly just God WILL demand justice for those atrocities, just as He did for the murder of the Gibeonites.
Prov. 28:17: A man that doeth violence to the blood of [any] person shall flee to the pit (of hell); let no man stay him (stop him from going there).
Lev.19:34: [But] the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.***LOVE? Say it with flowers, not phosphorous!
Ex.22:21: Thou shalt neither vex a stranger (foreigner) nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Verse 9: Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.***The Israeli military machine acts like the stranger doesn’t even HAVE a heart! Not even that poor Palestinian dad who lost all NINE of his kids!
Deut.10:19: Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.*** With love like this, who needs hatred? RUN FOR COVER! WHERE?
I Kings 8:42: Moreover concerning a stranger, THAT IS NOT OF THY PEOPLE ISRAEL, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;
43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.***Even KING SOLOMON respected the prayers of non-Jews! You can be sure God hears the prayers of the Gazan genocide victims who beg their Maker for justice to finally be done.
Surely God takes SOCIAL POSITION into account, even if He JUST MIGHT overlook race? The ROOTS of the current Mideast conflict are found in Genesis 21:9-21. One day Sarah got ticked off at Ishmael for teasing baby Isaac. She ordered Abraham to get rid of “that bond woman” and HER son (sounds clinically cold, not even using the woman’s name?) Well, it was SARAH’S idea to USE Hagar as a surrogate mother. But once Ishmael grew out of the “cute” stage and got too big for his britches (Ritalin hadn’t been invented yet), Sarah decided he’s HAGAR’S brat after all.
Early the next morning Hagar is handed a canteen and a bag of bagels, and is told that she’s on her own now and HER kid is disinherited. Some severance pay! After God knows how many years of hauling creek water, chopping firewood, baking barley biscuits, bleaching Abraham’s long johns, shelling lentils, straining gnats out of chicken soup. Just basic field rations. Not even a donkey to ride on. Paltry pickings for a man of Abraham’s vast estate.
But that’s not the end of the story. Hagar doesn’t get far down the dusty trail before the water runs out.
Gen.21:15: And the water was spent in the bottle, and she (Hagar) cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.***Ah, Hagar DID have a heart!
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.***God hears crying PALESTINIAN babies too!
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.***Hagar may have ranked low on the totem pole, but in the end, God did right by her! Hagar’s name is similar to the Hebrew “ha ger” (the stranger), the very ones God told Israel to be kind to!
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
The Pope rightly called Gaza a concentration camp. At least Abraham gave Hagar drinking water. One and a half million Palestinians drink scarce, dirty water while their oppressors sip cappuccino. While Gazans ration their remaining rice, Israelis feast on the finest.
Isa.59:7-8: Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 THE WAY OF PEACE THEY KNOW NOT; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Psalms 79:11: Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die.
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