Parents: This week we kick off a new theme...Mighty to Save! Children will look at examples throughout Biblical history as well as recent history of God's mighty power to save His people.
Long ago, God made a promise to bless Abraham and his descendants. Those descendants would later be known as the nation of Israel. God saved Israel from powerful enemies many times throughout history because He wanted to keep His promise that He had made to Abraham. He proved time after time that He is mighty to save.
Some people think that examples of God’s love and faithfulness toward Israel can only be seen in the Bible, but that’s not true. In the last century, there were many powerful examples showing that God is still keeping His promise to Abraham.
In the spring of 1967, the nation of Israel was threatened by four surrounding nations: Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. If any of those names sound familiar, it’s because the peoples and nations came from the same ancient enemies Israel had to face in Bible times. It was definitely not going to be a fair fight. There were four nations united against one tiny nation. Israel had 275,000 soldiers, whereas their enemies had 456,000. The surrounding countries also had more tanks, fighter planes and war ships. Many people in Israel were saying it was time to prepare for death.
On June 5th, Israel tried a surprise attack on the Egyptian air force. It should have failed, because the attack pilots were detected on radar by the Syrians, but somehow the warning did not get through to the Egyptians. In a few hours of bombing, Israel jet fighters had destroyed over half of Egypt’s air force.
Over the next six days, there were many more surprising victories. Israeli forces recaptured ancient towns like Jericho and Hebron, as well as the old section of Jerusalem, where the Temple is located. In Hebron, they didn’t even have to fire a shot to take over the city.
In the north, one of the toughest Syrian bases was located in a place called the Golan Heights. The Israeli platoon sent to attack lost many men, and was down to only 25 soldiers. They didn’t realize the Golan Heights was the most heavily defended place, otherwise they would have probably retreated to save their lives, but they pressed on. Those 25 tired soldiers ended up conquering the entire base, and the Syrians retreated.
By the end of the six days, the tiny nation of Israel had defeated four nations that were far more powerful. The words of Isaiah 41:8-12 took on new meaning, “The Lord says, ‘People of Israel, you are My servants. Family of Jacob I have chosen you. You are the children of my friend Abraham. I gathered you from one end of the earth to the other. From the farthest places on earth I brought you together…so do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. I will hold you safe in My hands. I always do what is right. All those who are angry with you will be put to shame…those who go to war with you will completely disappear.’”
This same faithful God who loves Israel loves you. He fights for Israel because of His promise to Abraham, but He fights for you because you belong to His Son, Jesus Christ. If you haven't asked Jesus to be in charge of your life, now is the perfect time.You can trust Him with any problem you’re facing.
“The Lord your God is with you. He is the Mighty Warrior who saves.” Zephaniah 3:17
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CHAT WITH ME
1. Knowing that God can do a mighty miracle and trusting that He will do a mighty miracle in your life are two very different things. Discuss the differences and what it means to have faith in God through difficult times.
2. Talk about a time you had to trust God for something big in your life.