The developments in the Middle East are coming fast, yet how do we make sense of them? Sometimes it’s easy to identify red flags in headlines, but what do they mean? To what do they point? Let’s look at the rhetoric and actions of each of these nations. Keep in mind that this is just a snapshot of what is happening. It is intended to give you a regional picture and guide as you pray for God’s will in the Middle East.
Syria and Egypt dominated the Middle East news this week. The civil war continues in Syria. Egypt technically violates the peace treaty with Israel by sending tanks into the Sinai but gets a pass while it sees the first major protest against the Islamist-dominated government.
“Thousands demonstrate in Egypt in first sizable protest against Morsi regime,” reports Haaretz. Thank you for your prayers. While there were clashes Friday, I haven’t seen reports of major assaults or deaths as a result of the protests.
A member of terrorist organization Hamas works as a double agent for the Israelis and finds Jesus in the process. The story is too preposterous for a fictional Hollywood script. It sounds just like the foolishness of God.
The big news of the week was the double earthquake that killed hundreds in Iran and what some called a soft coup by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The week ended with Quds Day, the Hate Israel holiday “celebrated” in Iran and by Hizbollah. The rhetoric was hateful enough to get a condemnation from the head of the United Nations.
This week was notable in that there was conflict in nearly all the nations around Israel, with one brief breach. The week started with a bang, as jihadists killed more than a dozen Egyptian border guards on their way into Israel. The Israel Air Force made sure the bomb-wearing infiltrators didn’t make it near civilians. […]
Sometimes living in Israel feels like a crash course in spiritual warfare. If the LORD has taught us anything its how close spiritual and physical warfare can be. God is teaching us to listen to His voice and know when He has released us to move forward!
In June I had the privilege of speaking at Siloam Baptist in Cardiff. I have dear friends in the congregation, and it’s always a joy to visit them.
The LORD had me share on Ishmael out of Genesis. For those of us who are called to defend Israel, we can struggle loving her enemies. And for those who are called to minister among the Arabs and Muslims, it can be hard to love Israel.
In God’s eyes, we’re all family and must be reconciled to one another. God has made promises to Ishmael, too.
As I review this week’s headlines to post update, I am struck by the need within “enemy” nations. Syria is in a civil war and threatening its neighbors (felt most acutely in Israel). Assad is calling on Russia for help, upsetting many other nations. That’s the big picture. Important, but we mustn’t forget the people on the ground. Several headlines this week remind us that the civilians caught in the crossfire are suffering fear, death, hunger. Same in North Korea. Here’s another government that regularly threatens other nations. Now torrential rains are making it harder for an already starving people.