“You are not to be frightened of them, because Adonai your God is there with you, a God great and fearsome. Adonai your God will expel those nations ahead of you little by little.” (Deuteronomy 7:16–22)
Even today, Israel is not to fear the people of the Land, for our God is with us to help us, just as He helped us in ancient times in Egypt.
Although Hamas and other terrorist organizations are currently engaged in a brutal battle to eventually attempt to take the land from the Jewish People, the soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces are bravely risking their lives to restore the security of the land given to the Jewish People.
While it looks as though Israel is vastly outnumbered by enemies, the Word of God promises that He will watch over her day and night.
“He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121:4)
The plan to destroy Israel is of the enemy, and all those who make themselves God’s enemies will find themselves under the feet of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah). (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 10:13)
There are those who are not prepared to hear the Biblical truth that God has given the Land of Israel to the Jewish People, but those who know their God will stand firmly upon the Rock of God’s Word.
Turning to the Source of Blessing
In Israel today, because of this terrible struggle against terrorism, many of God’s people are turning their hearts towards God and looking to Him for help and victory.
“I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from Adonai, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1–2)
Throughout the history of Israel, however, we see over and over again that when God blessed the Jewish People, many soon forgot Him as the source of their blessing and turned away from their devotion and obedience to Adonai.
God said of Gomer, the unfaithful wife of the prophet Hosea, “She doesn’t know it was I who gave her the grain, the wine and the oil; I who increased her silver and gold, which they used for Ba‘al.” (Hosea 2:8)
We must always remember that when we prosper in the land that He gives us, it is God who is the source of our every blessing.
We should never think that our own abilities are the source of all that we have and enjoy.
If we understand that what we have has been given to us by God, we are more likely to maintain an attitude of gratitude, and to be good stewards, using our blessings in a way that pleases God.
Moses’ warning to the people of Israel should be considered by us today, as well:
“…you will think to yourself, ‘My own power and the strength of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ No, you are to remember Adonai your God, because it is He who is giving you the power to get wealth, in order to confirm His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as is happening even today.” (Deuteronomy 8:17–18)
Though it is obedience that releases the blessings of God, He is not so much after our obedience as He is our hearts.
It is not just about outward obedience; it is about the inward attitude of the heart. True obedience begins with love for God and faith in His character.
Therefore, even more than the physical circumcision of covenant, which is of course important, God desires that each one of us be circumcised in our hearts. We cannot only change outwardly, putting on a show of religion; we must change inwardly, becoming soft, pliable clay in the Potter’s hands.
“Therefore, circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff-necked any longer!” (Deuteronomy 10:16)
If we will love the Lord our God and cling to Him and keep His mitzvot (commandments), then He will faithfully care for us and protect us from all evil. What a wonderful assurance we have of God’s love.
“For if you will take care to obey all these commandments [mitzvot] I am giving you, to do them, to love Adonai your God, to follow all His ways and to cling to Him, then Adonai will expel all these nations ahead of you; and you will dispossess nations bigger and stronger than you are.” (Deuteronomy 11:22–23)