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11.22.2004    |    God's take on the Palestinians?
Actual, factual history (as opposed to Arab or lefty versions) demonstrates that "Palestinians" did not previously exist as a coherent national or ethnic group. However, some pre-modern inhabitants of what is now Israel were labeled "Philstines", hence the name given to the area; i.e. "Palestinian" is a translation of "Philistine." The Philstines were the prototypical bad guys and all-around punching bags (worse than that; remember King Saul?) of Biblical fame. The actual Philistines of Goliath's time were most likely a seafaring people from the (northern) rim of the Mediterranean Sea. Whatever else they were, they were in no way shape or form or ethnicity "Arab".

But they were considered nasty (they certainly got bad press reviews in the Book), and they gave the Israelites a tussle. However, God has been known to pick favorites, and the fact that there are not real Philistines around today is evidence of that. However, today's "Palestinians" remain a sad lot, and perhaps this is part of some divine plan.

Consider this from the prophet Ezekiel, Chapter 25, verses 16-17:

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will stretch out My hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites, and destroy the remnant of the sea-coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay My vengeance upon them.

Don't mess with Israel unless you're prepared to deal with the Big Guy.





About this site and the author

Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

Thanks for stopping by.