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Let’s test our ability to think clearly with an example that is usually very much in the news: Israel and its battle with its hostile neighbours. The writers of the Bible did not write by their own inspiration but under the guidance of God. In a very recent book by a certain gentleman, Mr. Dan Brown, one of his characters says, “The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God.” Let us analyze his words logically. Can the Bible be merely the product of its writers? Take for example the first five books, written down by Moses. He wrote about the beginning of the Jewish race, how God promised to Abraham that the land of Israel would belong to his offspring for eternity. Could this man who lived 3,300 years before 1948 have known that the Jews would return to their promised country, after centuries of bitter persecution? Could he have known that because of the animosity between Ishmael and Isaac, thousands of years later the Arabs (the offspring of Ishmael) would launch bitter attacks against the Israelites (the offspring of Isaac)? On the 15th of May, 1948, one day after the independence declaration of the State of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded Israel. In 1956 we had the Sinai War, the Six Day war in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Why? Moses could not have known about it as a human writer, but God, the Holy Spirit inspired him to write down the promise of Israel as the country of the Jewish nation and that Ishmael would not get an inheritance with Isaac.
Is there any other nation in the history of the world who came back to their promised land after being in exile since 70 AD? Is there any other nation in the world who survived such persecution and hatred through so many years? Is there any other nation in the world who revived a dead language (in this case Hebrew) after so many years? No! But the Bible testifies about it. Moses could not have written it without God’s inspiration. Logic tells you it is impossible.
Willmingtons Guide to the Bible, Dr H. L Willmington, Tyndale House Publishers, 1981, p 968 - 981.
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Genesis 12:2; 17:7,8; 16:1-16; 21:1-21.
The key verse is in Gen 21:9-13. God told Abraham that through Isaac’s offspring God’s promises to Abraham would be fulfilled.
Derek Prince, Promises Land, Derek Prince Ministries, 1982, p 25-54.
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