Trust in ADONAI with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This morning I awoke to a headline that made me groan then growl in anger: “Gates called Netanyahu ungrateful ally“. The story said former U.S. Defense Secretary Gates blames you for Israel’s growing isolation.
I liked Gates. He was a popular and successful president of my alma mater, Texas A&M University, after heading the CIA and before being called back to civil service by President George W. Bush. He seemed level-headed, a good choice for defense secretary. I was impressed President Barak Obama kept him and that Gates agreed. So, I was very disappointed by his opinion of you.
Later, I read “Obama demands Israel apologize” to Turkey. I sighed as I read that while the White House doesn’t think Israel was at fault for the 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara, it wants Israel to apologize for the sake of the greater Middle East good.
Mr. Netanyahu, I read a while back that you read Tanakh with your son on Shabbat. That knowledge brought me great comfort and joy and built my confidence in you.
I, too, read Tanakh. Too many Christians are afraid of Torah and the Prophets, so I’m making an effort to study the promises to Israel.
Right now, I’m in Isaiah. Today was chapter 46. As I read, I thought of you, prayed for you.
Mr. Netanyahu, since you read the Scriptures, you know that any person who tries to live righteously to please God has known loneliness. We need only read a handful of Psalms to know David’s anguish, even feel it.
There are many Bible-believing Christians who believe every promise God’s made to Israel. We pray into them. We lift them before the Creator and remind Him that He’s promised to be faithful to the nation and the people of Israel. So you have friends among the followers of Yeshua of Nazareth.
BUT, do not count on us. Do not count any of the nations. Not the United States. Not Germany. Not any ally. No.
You, sir, must only count on God, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov. YHWH is His name. No, I’m not afraid to write His name or say the approximate pronunciations. David was not afraid. Nor Solomon.
The name of YHWH is a strong tower;
a righteous person runs to it and is raised high [above danger]. (Proverbs 18:10)
YHWH my God, in you I take refuge.
Save me from all my pursuers, and rescue me;
otherwise, they will maul me like a lion
and tear me apart, with no rescuer present. (Psalm 7:2-3)
I will continue to pray for you, that God would illuminate your mind to His will, that He would speak clearly to you through the Scriptures and even in your times of prayer to Him.
I leave you God’s words from Isaiah 46:3-5, 9-13. While it is about the end of the Babylonian captivity, we know Israel’s vindication is not yet complete. So this promise of justice and salvation is yet to be completely fulfilled. Shalom.
“Listen to me, house of Ya’akov,
all who remain of the house of Isra’el:
I have borne you from birth,
carried you since the womb.
Till your old age I will be the same —
I will carry you until your hair is white.
I have made you, and I will bear you;
yes, I will carry and save you.
To whom will you liken me and equate me?
With whom will you compare me, as if we were similar?”
“Remember things that happened
at the beginning, long ago —
that I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do. …
I have spoken and will bring it about;
I have made a plan, and I will fulfill it.
Listen to me, you stubborn people,
so far from righteousness:
I am bringing my justice nearer,
it is not far away;
my salvation will not be delayed,
I will place my salvation in Tziyon
for Isra’el my glory.