That Special Relationship

7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
“In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet,
Judah is my scepter.
9 Moab is my washbasin,
on Edom I toss my sandal;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Psalm 108:7-9

God’s response to the psalmist’s earlier plea was to lay out His “battle plan” for Israel. As God’s chosen people, Israel would always find favor in His eyes. Any cursory reading of the Bible reveals that truth because there is just so much in the Bible about that relationship. It’s clear He had a continues to have a special relationship with the nation of Israel.

Many debate about the extent of that relationship but it’s also clear that the tiny nation of Israel has been protected these past 70 years. Some will rightly argue that He’s protected Israel for 2000 years.

As Iran heats up its rhetoric about wanting to destroy Israel and as The Islamic State is just as vocal about the destruction of Israel, we need to pray that hedge of protection for that country.

We should also pray for the the church in Iran. It is thriving despite the oppression and persecution many are undergoing. So, while governments may be violently opposed to each another, we stand alongside our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in prayer. They are certainly not our enemies despite what the governments of each may tell us.

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