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Isaiah 55: 11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 Here is God’s statement about His Word; the truth here is that when God says something it shall come to pass. His Word will never return to Him void of accomplishing exactly what He pleases.

Today we begin a study regarding the Middle East and what is currently reported in the news. As Christians, we need to know how God views the situation. It  matters not what man thinks on the subject of God, God’s people, or God’s land; God has already spoken on the issue and  we will examine what God has said.

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Study for January 14, 2017

On January 15, 2017, seventy nations of the world community will meet in Paris, France to determine how to enforce the two state Middle East resolution put forth by the UNSC vote 2334 of December 23, 2016 which identified the West Bank and east Jerusalem as “occupied territories” of the future state of Palestine. This issue is important because this decision defies the Word of the Almighty God. For the first time since Israel became a nation in 1948, the United States did not stand with Israel in this UNSC vote; the United States “abstained” which then allowed the other nations to unanimously put forth the resolution to establish the Palestinian state, thereby crushing the state of Israel. An “abstention” is generally used to avoid making a choice for yea or nay; however an abstention is still a choice, and here, a wrong choice.  It is important to note also that the print media, most of which lack understanding of God, His will or His plan, has worked to shape worldwide public opinion in favor of the two state solution and against Israel. For Christian believers all over the world, it is important that we understand this issue from God’s perspective. The people of Israel belong to our family – the family of God and what affects them also affects us! God spoke to Abraham stating in Genesis 12: 3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  America has been blessed since our beginning because we were as a nation initially founded on God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and His Word, and then when Israel became a nation in 1948, we strongly supported her and her people. It is that pro God and pro Israel position which has caused America to be blessed of God and therefore to become the outstanding country it came to be in the world, financially, economically, militarily, and in every other possible way. That Word in Genesis is still in effect; we as Christians know that whatever God says is! Over the next few studies we will look at what the Word of God says about the land of Israel, and the Middle East in general, that we might have understanding of the conflict at hand and what is going on in our world today.

We begin with Noah, since he and his sons were the ones who populated the world (all seventy nations) following the flood. Noah had three sons, outlined in Genesis 10, Japheth, Ham, and Shem; the descendents of Japheth settled mostly in Europe, Gomer(Germany), Togarmah(Turkey), Ashkenaz(Armenia), the Media area (Iran); the descendents of Ham settled around the southern part of the Mediterranean Sea, which is today’s Israel going west into Egypt and Africa; the descendents of Shem settled in what we know as Babylon(Iraq), Assyria(Syria), Edom/Moab/Ammon (Jordan), and  Arabian desert(Saudi Arabia). Most Bibles have maps of the Middle East in the back; it would helpful to use those maps for reference. Many of the lands were named after the various descendents in Noah’s line, for example, Canaan is a son of Ham and the land of Israel was at the first called the land of Canaan.

In Genesis chapter 9, there is a story about Noah and his sons which takes on significance to our study. Noah became a husbandman following the flood and planted a vineyard; he enjoyed the fruits of his labor a bit too much one evening and went to bed drunk during which he became uncovered/naked in his sleep. Ham entered his father’s tent and saw the nakedness of his father (Genesis 9:22), and returned to tell his brothers. Wisely, Japheth and Shem backed into the tent with a covering and threw it over the naked Noah. When Noah awoke, the significance to the story is revealed: Ham was the father of Canaan: Genesis 9: 24  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. The Bible points out the importance of the words which a parent or grandparent speaks over their child, which, btw, is still true even to this day, but particularly in Old Covenant times. (We’ll visit this thought again in another study.) But here, Canaan is cursed by his patriarch grandfather; he will serve the descendents of Shem, and because Japheth will dwell in the tents of Shem, Canaan will serve the descendents of Japheth also. The definition of “cursed” is “to execrate or to imprecate evil upon.”  To repeat: the current land of Israel was back then called the land of Canaan.

In Genesis chapter 11, we see the generations of Shem, beginning in verse 10. Significant in this genealogy is the generation of Terah, verse 26, who begat Abram (who became Abraham), Nahor, and Haran in Ur of the Chaldees which is also referred to as Babylon but today is in Iraq just above the Persian Gulf on the Euphrates River. Of the three boys, Abram married Sarai, Nahor married Milcah, but Haran died; Terah then took the family including Lot who was Haran’s son and headed to the land of Canaan but only got as far as the city of Haran, which is located north approximately on what we see today as the border between Turkey and Syria; there Terah died.

We’ll continue from here next week with Abram as he enters the land of Canaan.