Last week, I wrote this in my blog entry:
“The enemy is very hard at work to divide Jerusalem, which will one day be the City of Peace, the city from where the Prince of Peace will rule. The enemy’s battle over Jerusalem is intense and intentional; the powers of darkness are working overtime to make Jerusalem a place of division and war. But let us not lose sight of this city’s heavenly calling, nor be discouraged by the darkness we see in it today.”
I had no idea how much this would come to light in just one week. It started on June 12th,with the sudden disappearance of Eyal Yifrach (19), Gil-Ad Shaar (16), and Naftali Frankel (16). When it was confirmed that the boys were kidnapped, many people throughout Israel and the world prayed for their safe return, but on June 30th, our worst fears were confirmed when the bodies of three young boys were found buried in a field northwest of the city of Hebron.
We now know that not long after their abduction, one of the boys called the police, and as heard on the recording of the call, it was at that time that they were shot and their bodies were hidden. After many days of intense searching, and many arrests of Hamas operatives throughout the region of Judea and Samaria, their bodies were found. At the time of writing, the murderers are still at large, and Israel is doing everything they can to find them and bring them to justice.
The news spread very fast, and started an emotional outburst here in Jerusalem. During the evening of July 1st after the boys’ funeral, some Jewish extremists started violent demonstrations in Jerusalem, causing harm to both police forces and Arab residents in the area.
In the morning of July 2, 2014, the body of a young Arab teenager was found in the Jerusalem forest, and it is not yet confirmed that his death is an act of retaliation. As the news of this gruesome discovery quickly spread, the Arab people began to riot throughout East Jerusalem, causing injuries and a great deal of damage.
This cycle of madness grieves my heart, and it especially saddens me that some of my fellow countrymen would stoop to the same level of behavior, and respond in this way. I can understand the pain, hurt, and the fatigue from this horrible situation; I understand the burning anger and the desire to revenge. However, as someone who was once there, but now has a complete different understanding and outlook of the situation, I am convinced more than ever that the only way for true peace is through a true change of heart, which only comes through faith in Yeshua, the promised Messiah.
However, even as followers of the Messiah, it is challenging to not allow our emotions to rule over us. I gently remind us all that at the moment we said “yes” to God, we said “no” to ourselves, now abiding in Him, and acting in a way which honors Him.
Let us remember that our war is not against flesh and blood, and that in fact, we can make a change by loving and praying for our enemies, acting in a way that will glorify God, which I believe in the end, will be more effective than acts of violence.
Please join me in praying without ceasing; pray for the salvation of all people, pray for healing and deliverance, pray for God to glorify Himself despite this terribly difficult reality we face. Lastly, please continue to also pray for Israel’s leadership, that they will rely on the LORD’s wisdom and not on the emotions of the flesh.
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