Israel and Psalm 83, Part 2

One journalist describes as "incredible" the timing and relevance of the Psalm 83 discovery, which is attracting a lot of attention worldwide.

The fragility of the manuscript should be noted as well for an increased incredible-ness; the Museum director has remarked, "In my wildest hopes, I could only have dreamed of a discovery as fragile and rare as this."

Considering that the State of Israel was by chance re-established by the United Nations in 1948, and that we’re in the middle of a very prominent and publicized conflict in the exact geographical locations Psalm 83 refers to, it is very much "coincidental" indeed. This really hits you when you see the current state of enmity (Israel vs. surrounding countries) superimposed to the map of the Biblical period in the Psalm 83 animation somebody had created (between Nov 2003 and Nov 2005, BTW). The animation is introduced with the following words, "As I was praying to the LORD, He led me to read Psalm 83. While I read, I felt a great burden to continually lift up this Psalm as a prayer for Israel. I also felt an urgency to share this burden with others."

The burden is shared, alright. We must pray for peace for Israel and also also for the realization, as Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed, of "the right of the Lebanese to the integrity and sovereignty of their country, the right of Israelis to live in peace in their state, and the right of Palestinians to a free and sovereign homeland."

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