boundaries of nations

  • Ac 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
  • 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
  • 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
  • 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

The Jews are the only people in the earth who were expressly granted a portion of land by the Almighty God.

  • Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
  • 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
  • 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

About 500 years after these promises were given, the descendants of Abraham entered that land after their slavery in Egypt and sojourn in the wilderness. They conquered a land where the inhabitants practiced bestiality, incest, and burning their children alive to Moloch, among other things. This possession was given to Israel by God. No other nation has been granted such a thing. One may question whether or not this promise is still valid. However, the promise itself is a dimension to the argument which cannot be removed.

God has granted the times and boundaries for nations through the strength and attrition of human society. This is aside from the promises which God gave to Abraham. One nation weakens and another moves in. History in the Bible and human record displays this activity. It is the cycle of lost people trying to fulfill their desires. How many nations have arrived through violence and spoils of war? No doubt, some of the original explorers from Shem, Ham, and Japheth came upon pristine lands for them to inhabit. Perhaps some of them settled peaceably for a time. But none could escape the problem of avarice and greed. It is the reality of all earthly nations because sin is a constant in the human condition.

So who is to say that Israel has no right to keep and maintain the land which was gained in the aftermath of their neighbors’ aggressive actions? And what now can be said of this persistent propaganda that Israel should no longer exist? Which nation can accuse Israel without seeing the sameĀ grievancesĀ and worse when they look in the mirror of their history?

  • Ps 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
  • 16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
  • 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
  • 18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
  • 19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
  • 20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.