The following articles are related to the topic of ISRAEL

God as a Father

The term "father" is a most meaningful term - or should be; and the most precious association of the term is with God. There are four senses in the scriptures in which the word "father" is connected with God. The Human Family Jehovah is the "Father" of mankind in the sense that he is the Creator and Sustainer of our ... read more »

Does Ezra Deserve Criticism?

A Bible class recently was engaged in a discussion regarding Ezra's command that the men of Israel, in the post-Captivity period, put away their foreign wives (Ezra 10). The text reads: "And the priest stood up, and said unto them, 'You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, ... read more »

The Lord Is My Rock

We are comforted by the words, "The Lord is my shepherd," but what about the thought, "The Lord is my rock"? The word "rock" is used about twenty-four times in the book of Psalms with reference to God. Here is an example. "Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will ... read more »

When Goodness Is as the Morning Dew

Hosea was an eighth-century B.C. prophet whose prophetic messages were aimed primarily at the wicked northern kingdom of Israel. The background of the book relates to the prophet's personal history. He was married to a woman whose name was Gomer. After the birth of their first child, Gomer became unfaithful, even pursuing the profession of a street harlot. From this ... read more »

Salvation Is from the Jews

No Christian can be anti-Semitic toward the Jews. Christ was a Jew, and that by divine intent. In a conversation with a Samaritan woman, Jesus declared: "[S]alvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22). The focus, of course, was upon his personal identity as the Messiah (vv. 25-26). All people are indebted to the Hebrew nation for the Savior. Christians are ... read more »

Does the Bible Sanction Rahab’s Lying?

Many are confused regarding the story of Rahab who, although she lied when she hid Israel's spies, was described as being "justified" (James 2:25; cf. Hebrews 11:31). How does one harmonize this with biblical ethics? The narrative regarding the Canaanite, whose name was Rahab, in no way sanctions lying. There are several factors that must be taken into account in ... read more »

Did God Ask Moses To Be Deceitful?

After Moses had concluded his stunning interview with Jehovah at the site of the burning bush, he was commanded to: Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that ... read more »

The Middle East Conflict

There is an old saying: "No one can unscramble scrambled eggs."That cliche is true.And in no circumstance is the application of that quip more apropos than in the current Middle East conflagration. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a "scrambled" mess that has a meager possibility of resolution in the foreseeable future.The blood-thirsty Palestinians, with their Muslim background, would like to see ... read more »

Jehovah’s Righteous Branch

The prophet Jeremiah was a prisoner of his own people, confined to "the court of the guard" in the city of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 33:1). He had agitated the Hebrews by his prophecies of the coming Babylonian invasion, and the ravaging of the city of Jerusalem. The day would come, he declared, when the city will be filled with the dead ... read more »

Rachel’s Tears

Rachel was the wife of Jacob (grandson of Abraham) and the mother of two sons-Joseph and Benjamin. Her name is found more than forty times in the Old Testament. In giving birth to Benjamin she died, and was buried near Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19). A thousand or so years after her death, Rachel is symbolically portrayed by the prophet Jeremiah: "Thus ... read more »