1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
Comfort, O comfort my people,
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, "Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Oratorio: Why do the Nations Rage?
Why do the Nations Rage? Psalm 2. Ray Stedman
The one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob declares in no uncertain terms that He is the sovereign ruler over all. Isaiah 40. Furthermore tiny Israel is God’s template!Their entire 4000 year history from Abraham until now is God’s show and tell for the entire world. The state of Israel came into being on May 24, 1948 after disappearing from the state in the First Century—for good reasons.
[Note: Several good summaries of the history of modern Israel are available: Britannica, Wikipedia, and State of Israel are recommended].
Israel’s present government is Monocameral. They have a President but the day to day affairs are run by a Prime Minister elected by the Knesset (the Parliament). The founding fathers of the present state knew that absolute monarchs were often very ineffective as far as the welfare of the people is concerned. Both Socialism and Communism were considered. The American model was also considered but believed to be too weak and too much of drain on the available revenue. Many of Israel’s founding fathers were survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and had seen the deadly peril of one man committed to the superiority of the Arian Race.
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