Day 72: The Inheritance

Acts 13:13-19 :

Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. But they, passing on from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia. They went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, speak.”

Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people* chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they stayed as aliens in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, he led them out of it. For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred fifty years.

Luke’s narration starts to follow the life of Paul at this point in his record. Here we read that John and Paul separate and Paul goes into a synagogue.

As Paul speaks in the synagogue, we are reminded of some of Israel’s history. As it turns out, this history is very important for us to review because many people today have doubts about it. The Bible is the most reliable book of all time, regardless of its age, and has proven itself to be correct over and over again. Here we read Paul as saying that the land occupied by Israel and more, was once given to them “for an inheritance” by God. They occupied the land for 450 years after that. This was long before Islam or Catholicism.

Clearly, the Bible says that the land belongs to Israel. It is very difficult, without challenging the validity of the Bible itself, to argue that the land that Israel now has doesn’t completely belong to them, and anyone who challenges the Bible is up against hundreds of years of evidence and experts. The Bible clearly teaches that the land belongs to Israel and Israel’s God and we should not be questioning the Bible unless we are prepared to throw Christianity away as well. We should honor Israel as the inheritors of this land and because someday, Israel will be the home of the King as the Bible says.