At the beginning of the Summer/Winter of this year (2013), Israel and Australia jointly issued two stamps commemorating the part of the ANZAC and the Australian Lighthorse in the historical development leading up to the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in the promised and holy land. The stamps remember the victory over the Turks in Beer Sheva in the famous Beer Sheva Charge on October 31, 1917, in WW1.
In the Bible, YHVH God speaks through His servant, the prophet Isaiah, in chapter 11:11-12, saying that He would set up a banner/ensign for the nations, and would assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the Earth. This He is presently doing, and He has ‘showed His hand’ for nearly 120 years now.
Here is a link which gives the raw intensity against this miraculous sign for our day, which is modern-day Israel, expressed against the issue of these stamps:
Viewing Beer Sheva from God’s perspective
Gen. 21:31-33 — named Beer Sheva by Abraham, who planted a tamarisk tree and called there on the name of YHVH, the everlasting God
Gen. 21:12-20 — Hagar and Ishmael encouraged and comforted and blessed in the wilderness of B-S, after being cast out of Abraham’s and Sarah’s house
Gen. 22:19 — after offering up Isaac, Abraham and his seed were blessed by God, and Abraham with his son returned to and lived in B-S
Gen. 26:23-33 — YHVH confirmed His covenant to Isaac in B-S, who built an altar and dug a well. Isaac’s servants found a well with water (“revival”) after the Philistines had filled in (“contention and quenching”) all the wells which Abraham had dug, and the place was confirmed as Beer Sheva.
Gen. 28:10 — Jacob also had lived in B-S
Gen. 46:1,5 — on the way to Egypt with his sons and their families, Jacob (Israel) sacrificed to God in B.S. and received revelation, guidance, comfort, and hope Continue reading “BIBLE VERSES FOR BEER SHEVA”
The Faithfulness of God to Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers
- Good and hopeful beginnings
- Troublesome present
- Glorious future
ISRAEL: The People and The Land
Gen. 50:24 — Israel promised the Land of Canaan by the Word of – and on oath from- YHVH God
Rom. 9:4-5 — To Israel belong the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom concerning the flesh Messiah (Christ) came.
Is. 42:6; 49:6 — Israel to be a light to the nations through the Light Continue reading “SOME INFLUENCES UPON BEER SHEVA IN PERSPECTIVE”
Covenant History: Past, Present, Future
–the first covenant between the chosen of God with those outside His covenant was between Abraham and the Philistine king, Avimelech (Gen 21:27). BEER SHEVA was named by Abraham on the basis of that agreement, which has held up remarkably well through the centuries in which Jews have lived there. Isaac also made (confirmed) the same covenant with Avimelech, and the name of the city as Beer Sheva.
—Hagar and Ishmael were blessed, encouraged, given a future and a hope by YHVH God in Beer Sheva (Gen 21:15-21). Like Hagar his mother, Ishmael’s wife was Egyptian.
–Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheva and called on the name of YHVH, the Everlasting God (Gen 21:33). Continue reading “BEER SHEVA ON THE HIGHWAY – Nov 2005”
Mt 24:6-14 signs of the end of the age and the return of Jesus
This evening we have obeyed with faith the Lord Jesus Christ in the two ordinances which He left believers: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Faith and life go on in the face of evil and suffering. Love is stronger than death, and so is the power of an endless life. Jesus said, “I AM the LIFE”. By participating in the baptisms, by participating together in the Lord’s Supper, we proclaim our hope and confidence in the good news of God: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. . .and He will come again, and we will live with God! Continue reading “AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACK – 3 Sept 2004”
Gen 21:29 – 22:19
–Beer Sheva a place of covenant, under oath, with other nations of the land
–Abraham called on YHVH, the Everlasting God
–from Beer Sheva, God called Abraham to his ultimate test of faith: to sacrifice his only and beloved
son, Isaac, on themountHewould show him
–the Angel YHVH called to Abraham from Heaven, after the interrupted sacrifice, to promise him with
an oath that in his seed all the nations of the Earth will be blessed (Gal 3:8,16)
–Abraham and Isaac returned to live in Beer Sheva Continue reading “BEER SHEVA AND THE GOSPEL – 8 June 2002”
(Our congregation was attacked by over 1000 ultra-orthodox religious Jewish men, women, and children the following Shabbat after this message was given.)
I have been preaching recently on the need and responsibility we each and all have to dig up the clogged wells of our inner lives in order for the water of life in Christ Jesus to flow freely in us and through us for blessing and fruitfulness unto God our Father. We have a need and responsibility for knowing Him and the Lord Jesus both differently and freshly. This leads us to sing a new song.
Today I want us to consider together a picture which the Holy Spirit gives us through the prophets, and our response to it as those called by God to stand by faith in Him to fulfill His promises – even to Beer Sheva and the Negev.
Read: Is. 41:17-20 Continue reading “BEER SHEVA IS YHVH’s”
Ps. 127:1 — Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain
Watchmen protect and guard the interests of the owner/sovereign – in this case God the Father and His Son Yeshua the Messiah. In the eternal wisdom of God, His strategy to win the war between the devil and Himself was that the Son of God/Son of Man would come into the world and be nailed to a cross as a sacrifice for sin, making peace through His cross to all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Anointed One of God, who rose from the dead. We overcome the world by believing in Him. Our victory is in His victory. By the poured out blood of Yeshua, God has redeemed (purchased back) the Land of Israel, the whole earth, even the whole of His creation, and has given all authority over it to the Lord Jesus. The Kingdom of God will come! Believers are properly watchmen when we stand in faith upon the Word of God regarding the Church and our authority as members of the Body of Messiah in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring conviction by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness, and judgment to human beings, whoever and wherever they be. Continue reading “WATCHMEN IN/OVER BEER SHEVA AND THE NEGEV – Oct 1998”