Israel, West Bank, and Gaza

Ein Gedi is an oasis in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea. In the 2 Chronicles 20:2 it is identified with Hazazon-tamar, where the Moabites and Ammonites gathered to fight Jehoshaphat.

Currently, the Palestinian Authority is seeking statehood, while refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

2 Chronicles 20:5-15 (NIV)
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said:

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ . . . .

13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel . . . as he stood in the assembly.

15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Our Father in heaven,
You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You. We will not be afraid or discouraged, Lord God, for the battle to bring Your kingdom and Your will into earth is Yours, not ours. Just as King Jehoshaphat sent the praise team out in front of the army when he faced his enemies, we lift our praises over Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, leaning on You and not on our own understanding. Amen.

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