Chistians with a heart for Israel are not powerless. Just in last weeks Shabbat-Reading spoke “the LORD to Mose (Numbers 27:12): Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.” Thereupon – highly actual – referred also in an indirect way the Haftarah (Prophet reading, 1.Kings 18), for the land on which Mose was allowed to view, which God gave then first time to the Israelis and now, 59 years ago gave it back again, that included also Samaria, that was shown in last weeks Haftarah (verse 2) to be in great need – and is today again! Even as at that time king Ahab with idolatry, so wants nowadays the World Council of Churches / WCC after its own believe*** and after “prophetic comments from its own church leaders in Jerusalem …in the service of peace and justice”, as announced three weeks ago in Amman, want the land afresh partitioned, which God – because it belongs to HIM (holy), in our actual Parasha (Numbers 32) already allotted to the tribes of Israel.
(1.Kings 18:9): And he [Obadiah] said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?” But Elijah, the prophet of the LORD and of Israel repeated only once more (that Obadiah may unmistakably hear and ‚understand’! Faith is a matter of fact in God‘s eyes, no imagination!), so that Obadiah, now trusting in the Almighty God, could go to Ahab (the World Council of Churches), who stood formerly under the influence of Isebel (Constantine, Martin Luther‘s > the spiritual originator of the Holocaust and already almost everything exterminated had, that is holy to the LORD (including the Shabbat, the day of the LORD!), only 100 prophets of the LORD had Obadiah been able to save before Ahab (verse 11): “And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord (Ahab), Behold, Elijah is here!”
(Verse 14-18:) And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me. And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to day. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
***)Sara Marita Meyer wrote in the introduction to her Shabbat-treatise about the “theological displacement/dispossession of the Jews“. As implemented by Constantine at the foundation of `the present church´ in the 4th century `after Christ´, so it goes for the World Council of Churches again about dispossession, this time about the `theological dispossession of God`! Israel is His Land – with borders laid out by Him, as we will read in this weeks Double-Parasha, this year to be read together (“defined by these borders”, Numbers 34:2). The World Council of Churches represents officially (founded August 28th, 1948) only 550 million Christians (including almost all protestant and orthodox Churches – except the Catholic Church), but as far as the dispossession of God from His property is concerned (for ever holy, see Shabbat and all feasts of God = hebr. Moedim = determined times) stated he as a matter of fact (in the name of Emperor Constantine) represents since 1.700 years in worldly authority all Christianity. For the end in the Holocaust – where Jews, therefore also the Jew Jesus, because the ‚poor creatures’, that even did not recognize their Messiah, have been murdered as ‚invaluable lives’ – is in reality still not the end for the World Council of Churches. But rather as shown 3 weeks ago in Jordan, only the beginning of the clearing up of Christianity from the Jews. I allow myself to say this, as a German and as Christian (what a Jew never could say, even not a messianic Jew), who hears daily in churches and home groups the pitying mission zeal from brothers and sisters: “the poor beings have after all nailed the Messiah to the cross”. And contrary to His gospel deny for themselves to understand that they, that HE was nailed by them likewise to the cross, so that their guilt be paid! With every “after all they have not recognized Jesus” the mission zeal is spiritually justified, not needing to mention worse (see ‚invaluable lives’). One has learned over the centuries, ‚to cleanse Jesus from Jewishness’ (the Juden-rein-Prozess) HIM – who said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.” (John 12:44) – to disown His FATHER and now, after the Church founder Constantine has already disowned the FATHER His property, the Shabbat and the feasts, goes the World Council of Church about, also to disown Him of the Land.
How encouraging for Israel against the World (Ahab/World Council of Churches) the Haftarah of the last and of this Shabbat look like: Was it last week Elijah who asked Obadiah to trust God from his heart, it is this Shabbat God Himself, who says to Jeremiah (1:9 -12): “Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
And in our Parasha HE asks therefore (Numbers 32:7): “And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?” Israel is only a mirror for God‘s eternal plan of Salvation for all Nations, in the love of His Son. Perceived from the beginning, wherefore His Shabbat is creation history (sanctified, Genesis 2:3), and always is His WORD encouragement, to be happy for His happiness (Is. 58:13-14): “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”