“Hitler had been murdering Jews right and left. I saw it, and I dream about it even to this day. The Jews needed some place where they could go. It is my attitude that the American government couldn’t stand idly by while the victims [of] Hitler’s madness are not allowed to build new lives.” – President Harry Truman
On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. He was the first to sign the Israeli Declaration Of Independence, that he had also helped to write. Eleven minutes later, President Harry Truman recognized the state of Israel. They were attacked the next day. Sixty seven years ago this week a great people overcame impossible odds to form a nation.
Now, just as they did then, Israel faces challenges. Also this week, factions have continued to take steps contrary to the nation’s future. Friends of Israel cross geographical, political, and religious barriers to support the nation and the dignified treatment of it. Regardless of rhetoric and opposition, Israel will not only stand, but it will stand in perpetuity.
While they, as a nation, may not yet be aware of The Son Of David, The Lord Jesus, He is still their protector. In spite of misguided opinions, those who side with Israel, can rest assured of it’s survival. We know that it will face a time of tribulation, but we also see Christ’s nail scarred hands charging from Heaven as their Champion.
In 1948, Israel returned to the place God had called Abraham to receive. A land given to Moses, and protected by another David years before. Three is significant in Scripture, the first David defeated Goliath, the second declared Israel’s independence, and The Last will deliver it from all who attack it.
While we celebrate the anniversary of it’s re-establishment, let us pray for it’s renaissance and renewal. Those in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Bethlehem aren’t some faceless, nameless group we hear about on the news. As Christians and Americans, we have more than a treaty with Israel, we have a blood connection.
They are a part of our family and families should celebrate with one another. Just as we join together in rejoicing, let us stand with them in support. So in the spirit of Harry Truman these many years ago, I say God bless the nation of Israel, and may God continue to bless the United States Of America.