Whose Land?

Written by Maureen Metcalf

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So, there are some Palestinians who claim descendancy from Esau. Some fromrepparttar Philistines. Some fromrepparttar 141917 Canaanites. Some from Ishmael. Who knows who they are for certain? The Palestinians appear to definitely be a mixed group of Arabic people, and some may indeed have these roots. However, none of these inheritrepparttar 141918 Covenant, regardless!

None ofrepparttar 141919 Canaanites received an inheritance blessing from God by Divine Covenant. So,repparttar 141920 Palestinians who claim to be descendants of eitherrepparttar 141921 Philistines orrepparttar 141922 Canaanites, are definitely excluding themselves from being pure descendants of Abraham, even if such descendancy could be proven, which now is pretty difficult.

The Divine Everlasting Covenant related torepparttar 141923 Land of Canaan was promised only torepparttar 141924 descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, not through Ishmael or Esau. Therefore,repparttar 141925 Palestinians have no basis upon which to lay claim to any portion ofrepparttar 141926 Land of Canaan.

Does this mean there is no inheritance forrepparttar 141927 Arab descendants of Abraham? Actually,repparttar 141928 Arabs ofrepparttar 141929 line of Esau were also given a blessing by Isaac, which requires much land with resources and wealth. Genesis 27:38- 41. "And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall berepparttar 141930 fatness ofrepparttar 141931 earth, and ofrepparttar 141932 dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt haverepparttar 141933 dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob because ofrepparttar 141934 blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob." This blessing for Esau's descendants is yet to be totally fulfilled. However,repparttar 141935 Land of Canaan is not their inheritance. Esau is not to lay claim to Jacob's Covenant inheritance. Rather, Esau has his own! And, we must be honest. Not all Arabs are direct descendants of Esau! Some are of Lot, and some of Ishmael. Therefore, it is apparent that not all Arabs are able to lay claim to Isaac's blessing for Esau!

And, what ofrepparttar 141936 descendants of Lot? Lot did for a short while have his choice of sojourning inrepparttar 141937 plain, while Abraham dwelt inrepparttar 141938 mountains. Where arerepparttar 141939 mountains Abraham dwelt in? They are what we now callrepparttar 141940 West Bank area of Judea and Samaria! Lot was driven out because ofrepparttar 141941 abominable sin ofrepparttar 141942 people ofrepparttar 141943 cities ofrepparttar 141944 plain. Lot and his daughters becamerepparttar 141945 progenitors of two branches of Arabs. These Arabs cannot claim direct descendancy from Abraham, although they are shirt-tail relatives. Abraham was not givenrepparttar 141946 freedom to sharerepparttar 141947 Covenant, even with his own nephew!

So, what of Ishmael, Abraham's son by Hagar,repparttar 141948 bondwoman? Did Ishmael receive a blessing? Yes he did, even though he wasrepparttar 141949 son of a lack of faith! Genesis 17:18-20. "And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time inrepparttar 141950 next year."

The Arab nations now occupy multiplied times more land thanrepparttar 141951 Israelis! They have no need to oust Israel from any part ofrepparttar 141952 former Land of Canaan! In fact, God is not pleased with their desire to take over Israel's Covenant inheritance. The Palestinians, even if they could prove their descendancy, cannot usurp G_d's Covenant ofrepparttar 141953 Land with Jacob!

The Land is not to be possessed by "who was there first." Those who are descended from Esau's marriage with Canaanite wives, who were first inrepparttar 141954 Land, can no longer be properly identified, becauserepparttar 141955 Canaanites were to be ousted permanently in compliance with G_d's decree whenrepparttar 141956 children of Israel entered Canaan. So, even ifrepparttar 141957 Palestinians could prove to actually be descended fromrepparttar 141958 Canaanites, there would still be no contest!

No matter how we look at it,repparttar 141959 Land of Canaan was given by Everlasting Covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

To believe and act otherwise will only lead to more animostites, wars, and unrest. But this does not need to be! The Palestinians must recognize their jealousy of Jacob is futile!

Jacob's inheritance is tiny! Let him have his inheritance. The Arab occupation includes allrepparttar 141960 lands surroundingrepparttar 141961 Land of Canaan, but not Canaan itself. Click here to readrepparttar 141962 rest ofrepparttar 141963 article

Maureen Metcalf is author of "The Final Schedule Revealed: In the Fall Feasts and Festivals" http://teshuvatrumpet.org

Arguing About Arguments, the Chinless, and North Korean Parrots...

Written by Ed Williams

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3. France - France feigns true love for us, but thumbs their nose in our direction every chance they get. Were it not forrepparttar United States they’d most likely still be goose-stepping, but their memories appear to have dimmed considerably regarding their fairly recent past. Even today, I’m convinced that if France were attackedrepparttar 141491 first thing they’d do is place a frantic call torepparttar 141492 United States to enlist our help. And if I were President Bush, I’d tell them that I was busy eating lunch and to go take it up withrepparttar 141493 United Nations. Then I’d finish my sandwich.

4. Squabbles inrepparttar 141494 Senate betweenrepparttar 141495 Democrats and Republicans - Honestly, I’ve never understood whyrepparttar 141496 will of 40 people overridesrepparttar 141497 will of 50 plus people. I’ve felt this way through bothrepparttar 141498 Democratic and Republican regimes ofrepparttar 141499 past, and I’ll continue to feel this way on out intorepparttar 141500 future. Maybe we should base each senator’s salary onrepparttar 141501 number of issues they tackle during each session of Congress, perhaps that would fire a few of ’em up and prompt them into doing something that would help us all. Watching these grown men and women argue about how long they can argue with each other over issues makes about as much sense asrepparttar 141502 strapping on of a chastity belt before entering a house of ill repute, and that’s me being really nice about it.

Okay, that should be more than enough of this for awhile. To me, talkin’ about Elvis, women, The Brotherhood, and hamdogs is far more interesting than writing about this kind of stuff. So folks, don’t ask me to do this again, or, if a lot of y’all do, I swear that I’ll write a column somewhere downrepparttar 141503 road filled with interesting quotes from some of Gerhardt Schroeder’s greatest speeches!

Ed’s latest book, “Rough As A Cob,“ can be ordered by calling River City Publishing toll-free at: 877-408-7078. He’s also a popular after dinner speaker, and his column runs in a number of Southeastern publications. You can contact him via email at: ed3@ed-williams.com, or through his web site address at: www.ed-williams.com.

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