It shouldn’t surprise us when the Bible gets controversial.
Like with its promises about the Land of Israel, promises made thousands of years ago. The Bible says this land will come back to life in just one day, after not being a nation.
Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children (Isaiah 66:8).
And the arguing begins! Many – even inside churches – disapprove of Israel for exactly that: being born again. They see May 14, 1948 as the beginning of never ending trouble instead of a miracle fulfilling God’s promise.
Ezekiel 36 gives us clarity with regard to why God chose to resurrect Israel and perspective on those arguing against it. Starting with the last issue, Ezekiel shows they are arguing with God.
Here are just three verses from that chapter, but do read Ezekiel 36:1-15 for yourself:
Say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers and the valleys, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations … Indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown … My people Israel shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance’” (36:6, 9, 12).
If Ezekiel’s words are true, then who are people arguing with when they argue against Israel?
So back to my first question: Why did God want to resurrect Israel?
From the same chapter and in His own words, here is His answer:
“I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake” (v. 22).
“Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it” (v. 36).
Is Israel controversial these days? No question! – But whose idea was that?
It shouldn’t surprise us when God gets controversial.