In speaking about the Patriarchs we have noted that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the land of Canaan. It was a promise to them and to their descendants forever. That promise is probably the most important detail being left unspoken in the current crisis in the Middle East. I have not heard it mentioned once in the news. But if we are going to see history and events from God’s perspective, we cannot leave that detail out.
However, promises and reality don’t always readily mesh. The last couple of weeks we have emphasized Hebrews 11 which begins with “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We do not always readily see what we hope for. The section about Abraham in verses 13-16 extend the fulfillment of promises beyond this life. “13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strange