Inside Israel – Questions from Jerusalem

Hello and welcome to this Sunday’s look inside Israel. Today J brings us an important message to think and pray about. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and pray for J, her family and her and His nation, Israel. Now, here’s J . . .

Loving greetings in The wonderful Name of Yeshua h’Meshiach, the King. May He be blessed and glorified and may you be blessed!

‘Change’: The key word of the Obama era. When I was young I liked change…I was restless, rebellious and angry. When The Lord came into my life, He brought such a deep ‘Peace’ and told me that ‘I’ was no longer ‘in control’…He was. I began to find contentment in what ever place He put me: It is The Lord! As I grew older I also found that I was less and less comfortable with change. I don’t WANT to change the way the furniture is in a room…didn’t I already find the ‘best’ way to put it? I don’t WANT to change brands…I LIKE that one. I don’t WANT to move (shivers!) if, God forbid, the rent should be raised. I’m NOT saying ‘change’ is bad…but is ‘change’ good? Does ‘change’ itself have a ‘value’?
I’ve had to ask these questions a lot lately as Israel has been caught up in the wave of social unrest that (I am convinced that it is NOT ‘spontaneous’!) has been sweeping our region of the world. Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating in the streets. There is the ongoing Doctor’s strike. Tent cities are rapidly growing around the country to protest housing costs. Protests are taking place against the rising cost of food, of gasoline, of all basic living expenses. There is a Mother’s protest against the high cost of school. There is the religious protest ongoing against the desecration of the Shabat by the opening of a public parking lot. There are demonstrations for the release of our captive soldier Gilad Shalit. It is a ‘belegan’ right now! Last nights estimates of 200,000 are unsettling to the government, already plagued by pressure to give up land for an elusive ‘peace’. Add to this the fact that the temperatures have been soaring daily into the high 30s (Celsius) (90s-100s Fahrenheit) …what a MESS!
There definitely is a ‘change’ in the air. But I recognize the restless, rebellious and angry spirit that used to characterize me, and it has had me watching. Where did it arise from? There are lots of answers; Yes, there is a real financial problem here as growing numbers of people can’t make ends meet, while we hear that the economy is one of the strongest in the world, and while we see a small number of shockingly wealthy people getting wealthier. We DEFINITELY see the political opposition drooling with delight while hurling blame at the Netanyahu government for problems that have been escalating for many years before he took office, things way beyond his control to ‘fix’. We see Obama ‘backing off’ and watching quietly from the wings. Why aren’t we hearing his almost constant ‘comments’ all of the sudden? We see ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’ and the like…hum. What IS this phenomena? This computer fixation that so inspires and inflames? What is all of this power and where is it coming from? It topples governments and sets countries and passions aflame. I remember a book back when I was in College called ‘The Media is the Message’. Here is a quick synopsis:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.
The phrase was introduced in his most widely known book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, published in 1964.[1] McLuhan proposes that a medium itself, not the content it carries, should be the focus of study. He said that a medium affects the society in which it plays a role not only by the content delivered over the medium, but also by the characteristics of the medium itself.
McLuhan frequently punned on the word “message” changing it to “mass age”, “mess age”, and “massage”; a later book, The Medium is the Massage was originally to be titled The Medium is the Message, but McLuhan preferred the new title which is said to have been a printing error.
I know that sounds rather philosophical. It was a philosophy book trying to grapple with the idea of the powerful role that the media played, NOT in just reporting, but in influencing events. That was BEFORE computers, ipods, blackberries, facebook etc.
“In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God and The Word was GOD”! GOD! Who does not change…Who is the same, yesterday, today and forever, steadfast and True, Who spoke and the worlds were created! Heaven and earth will pass away but The Word of The Lord abides forever.
These are just a few scriptures that pop quickly into my mind and give me peace in the midst of what I am seeing. I wrote last week that ‘no one wants to destabilize the government here’, but that was not true. There are many who do, both within and without the country, and they have been inspired by seeing the rapid downfall of formerly strong governments around us (particularly Mubarak of Egypt).
I am too small a fish in the pond to have enough chutzpah to present ‘answers’, but I do know that my spirit is unsettled about the source of all of this and I would like to ask those of you who pray for Israel to be aware that there is something of a different nature afoot that appears dangerous. It is clothed in the ‘finery’ of ‘social justice’…sort of like ‘peace clothing’, it has a noble name…but it’s purpose and substance and (more importantly) it’s source??
Ok. I want to mail this before we leave for the hospital where my husband has to do a thallium stress test after his heart attack, so that he can be okayed for archery again. God bless each of you! I am so very thankful for the body worldwide. Thank you for praying for Israel and thank you for praying for our family. We have some unspoken ongoing critical needs and your prayers are so valuable. Thank you for your faithfulness! I send MUCH love. Your sis here.

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