MembersGaza: Already a misery in the Bible

The battle in Gaza is not just a fight against Israel. It is against the God of Israel.

By Aviel Schneider & Avshalom Kapach | | Topics: Gaza
The Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the heart of the Gaza Strip, a few days before the entire Gush Katif Jewish settlement bloc was evacuated in the summer of 2005, 8,500 Jews from around 20 settlements. From the 1970s onwards, Jews settled there on the empty sand dunes and planted greenery on the arid land. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90
The Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the heart of the Gaza Strip, a few days before the entire Gush Katif Jewish settlement bloc was evacuated in the summer of 2005, 8,500 Jews from around 20 settlements. From the 1970s onwards, Jews settled there on the empty sand dunes and planted greenery on the arid land. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

The city of Gaza was already a source of unrest in biblical times. The people of Israel suffered in the entire southern part of the country under the Philistines, who often only understood the language of violence. “Gaza” in the Hebrew Bible text is עַזָּה Aza, which means something like “strong, mighty, brave.” Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar may imagine he is descended from them, but the Philistines have nothing in common with today’s Palestinians. The foreign peoples living in the Gaza Strip seem to think so for some reason.

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live” (Num. 33:55). The Bible gives the new owner of the Promised Land clear instructions regarding the conditions under which strangers may continue to live in the land. On the one hand, the nations must keep the seven commandments of Noah’s descendants. They represent the foundation for world security and outline...

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2 responses to “Gaza: Already a misery in the Bible”

  1. Susan says:

    🙏Amen! Thank you for making Ha Shem an integral part of the conversation. His ways are not man’s ways. He knows the end from the beginning !

  2. Margaret Shepherd Please if I comment on articles my identity is "Margalit" says:

    Thank you so much for the background of Gaza. I collect many of the articles to share with friends, relatives and people on the street who pass by our Israeli Stand with Israel group. There is so much antisemitism, ignorance and bias against the truth of our of God and we do all we can to support the soldiers and our Jewish community, Margalit

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