The Minor Prophets Speak To Today
Zechariah 9:1-7a NLT
MIXING THE OLD WITH THE NEW
All the existing cities have been given new politicized histories. Not many westerners realize that the Palestinians refer to themselves as Philistines. "Refer to" provides an honest look. No actual pure genetic or historic connection exists, but the title suggests a historic right to opposing and fighting against the modern nation of Israel.
A parallel word play is used to imply a historic right to the city of Jerusalem. The Bible and other historic texts verify that Jerusalem belonged to the Jebusites until King David took the city by stealth and made it his capital. Some Palestinians claim to be Jebusites which then would legitimise their having a prior claim to Jerusalem as their capital (ie., belonging to them),
Genetic studies tie the Palestinians to populations that have pre-Arab origins perhaps even back to pre-Canaanite people. But we do not have credible DNA from those centuries. So the best that can be said is, that like the names used, the people of Palestine are a mixing of the old with the new.
THE PROPHECY STILL SPEAKS TO TODAY
The prophecy of Zechariah speaks to today in much the same way - a mix of the old and the new. His message can be seen throughout history and unfolding among the current nations throughout the world.
Cleverness, fortification, and wealth
do not ensure continuation as a nation
or freedom from destruction.
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May all the powers of the world
the people of the world
watch with open understanding,
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