We all know the story of David and Goliath, a story that inspires us to root for the underdog. David and Goliath is largely presented as a conflict based on values - David being good, and Goliath being evil. Yet we rarely choose to set aside the morality of the story and look at this conflict as more of a tactical configuration.
For example, Israel is often seen as a small country within the world, surrounded on all sides by its enemies. Israel being David, and the surrounding hostile nations being Goliath. This has played itself out time after time throughout history.
But today we have a situation of a violent terrorist organization (Hamas) up against a national army (the IDF). So, now one might ask the question: who here is David and who is Goliath? Is it possible that in the current conflict, Israel could be a Goliath? And thus Hamas would be a David?
But what does this mean? (Remember, I am suggesting that this is the case from a tactical standpoint - not a moral one.) What advantage does "David" have here? He has the tactical advantage of being the underdog in a lopsided conflict (not the spiritual one that David had in the Valley of Elah). Hamas, as a "David," can move somewhat faster. They have small terrorist cells running around shooting rockets and infiltrating via tunnels.
Hamas, as a "David," also takes greater risks. They sacrifice soldiers and civilians for tactical gain. Hamas, as a "David," also unscrupulously manipulates all available media channels. They attempt to boost an image of legitimacy in the face of a tremendous foe.
How can a "Goliath" defeat a "David" like this? From a tactical standpoint, he has to pursue his opponent until annihilation. Because even if the slightest remnant of Hamas remains, this will be a moral victory. Such a "victory" that will lead to yet another bloody conflict in the future.
So, the sentiment is for the stronger opponent to "go for it," to smash the weaker foe until this whole thing is over. But you just cannot destroy a foe of this nature only with force, or only through using a tactical approach.
Hamas embraces a hateful, violent ideology because they know no other alternative. A statement from its official website reads:
"We will use the skulls of Zion's sons to build a bridge to heaven."
Although this is a horrific statement, it's worth a second look. Islam teaches of a bridge to heaven, it is one of the core values of the Muslim faith. Any devout Muslim would no doubt have a longing to finally see this bridge to heaven that the Koran speaks of, but it is nowhere to be found.
In desperation, you start mixing other Islamic values together. You read about the bridge to heaven. You read about the removal of infidels. You read about the sacredness of Jerusalem. And in the end you try to get a result that seems logical to you: a bridge to heaven built on the skulls of Zion's sons. There is nothing in that statement to contradict the faith that Muslims adhere to, so why not embrace it? You would give your own life and the lives of your loved ones for your faith, so why not sacrifice the lives of your enemies as well?
The only way to defeat such a hateful militant sentiment is to prove that a bridge to heaven cannot be built on the skulls of Zion's sons.
Yeshua (Jesus) said:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6 NKJV
I believe this, do you? Yeshua is the bridge to heaven, and He is the only one. If Hamas knew this, they would throw down their arms immediately and this war would be over. But how do you communicate this truth to someone who wants to tread on your skull (I am a son of Zion)?
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds..." - 2 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV
We must pray this truth into Gaza, we must worship this truth into Gaza, for these are the weapons we have. Many former Muslims can testify to receiving supernatural visitations from Yeshua. This is a tactic that God Himself has decided to use with Muslims. It's our job to join Him, using the weapons at our disposal.
Yes, there are Davids and there are Goliaths, but what about those few of us who know what a bridge to heaven really looks like? We certainly are not Goliaths, but we have the same tactical and spiritual advantages that David had, so let's use them.
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