Glimpses of Israel - The Land, The People and The Book

by Joseph Hunting

There is a uniqueness about Israel which no other country shares. It is a triunity of the Land, the People and the Book.

The Book is the Word of God which refers to the People as "My People" and to the Land as "My Land". The three are inseparably linked together.

Whilst Jerusalem abounds in places of historic and Biblical interest the Shrine of the Book houses the world's most priceless treasures, fragments of Scriptures and the complete Isaiah scroll that date back to Biblical times.

There is something to catch the interest anywhere that one may look in Israel. If one's interest lies in archaeology then the land is one of the most inviting in this field of science. In areas of music, medicine or the arts, you name it and Israel can deliver the goods.

But what has fascinated me since I first visited the Land in 1960 is the remarkable development according to prophecy. Waste places are now inhabited, barren hills are now reclothed with forests, and Israel has built cities and settlements where their ancient counterparts once existed.

All this and much more is happening precisely as foretold by the Hebrew prophets thousands of years ago.

The return of more than three million from more than a hundred countries with no Moses or Joshua to lead them is a modern miracle. So also is the revival of the ancient Hebrew language as the spoken tongue of Israel. Nothing like this has ever happened before in the annals of mankind's history.

Well did Moses declare, "For what nation is there so great, who has God so near unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon Him for." (Deuteronomy 4:7)