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From Beyond the Rivers of Ethiopia My Suppliants, Even the Daughter of My Dispersed, Shall Bring Mine Offering.

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 20, 2010 at 14:19

Initially, after reading this series of postings regarding 'origins' and whether the legitimization of Israel's claims to special racial recognition was enough to exercise a right to claim their homeland over all others, I first thought to leave well enough alone. That is until it became apparent that doing so allows a sense that the result of denying Israel's exceptional status as a nation-people would occur. It would seem that is the intent if one follows the 'African Origin' view. Yet that flies in the face of the true evidence. We'll come back to that later.

There is a reason Israel attaches great importance to the genealogical thread of land ownership; it is instilled in their theological heritage, something most who source their thinking in secular veins of thought try desperately to dismiss, much in the same way those of the Muslim ideology do. It is the way they have chosen to separate Israel from her rightful place in the world. By following any process that denies Israel's rights to the land as given by the Eternal Sovereign places the human endeavor in great jeopardy, as we see in the world today. By refusing to understand why that occurs sets the non-observant student up for failure; and the consequences are evident to see.

There are indeed times when there is the appearance of moral or shaky circumstances in the discussion of Biblical things, which usually comes about is when trying to distance the human logic from the supernatural influences of the Holy Bible. Trying to dilute or dissolve the influences of a Holy God by attempts to discredit His written evidence to a rebellious mankind only results in more reason why this world cannot stand itself, nor will it stand any further once all the evidence is presented and the rebellion is punished. Deny the truth; then accept the consequences. Is there enough morality in that?

The origin of Judaism cannot be explained by 'African' roots; rather it is the other way around. The origin of Jews, et al, is not some legend detailed in some stele or burial ground in some place distant from the Middle East, but from a living history that traces the lineage of mankind to its source, in the first man, and later the first woman. I'll not bore the disinterested with the complete record: let be sufficient to say that it is written down for those who are interested and are willing to accept it for the basis of truth about life, and the truth about Israel's right to exist in the land where Almighty God has said they belong.

Now I have no inclination to dissect line by line the specifically Leaky version of humanity, for it would involve my giving some assent as to its plausibility, which I do not. I have lived long enough to have been exposed to most of the modern versions of the 'origins' of man, and have seen enough contradictory evidence that leads me to conclude that there is not enough evidence yet to present in the last fifty (or one hundred years) what had happened in the last 10,000 years, never mind anything in the millions. At best, to be so involved in trying to find reasons not to believe in the Biblical version of the origin of humanity, in the origin of the Hebrew people and their Jewish heritage and of the current circumstance the Israeli nation finds itself in is quite trying to the intellect: that having faith that the Holy Bible does indeed tell the truth about such things is a more practical exercise of intelligence. Is there enough morality in that?

Now, I have also seen enough history first hand to know, and have read enough of those times before mine, to understand how the world has gotten into the predicament it is in. It is not merely the terrorist/anarchist/rebel mentality that puts people at odds with each other, for we have read every sort of justification there is for all kinds of acts of depravity. There is no moral justification for any of it, and if we are to take an honest read on the Holy Bible, it tells us why. But, therein lies the rub, that all are convicted based on understanding just what the Holy Bible says about humanity altogether. But we digress.

Since the original premise of these discourses is a discussion of the legitimacy of Israel calling itself a 'Jewish' state, which in and of itself is at once discriminatory, racist, and inflammatory. It burns in the minds of all who have a less than passionate view of Israel altogether, and it is the source of centuries old antipathies which give rise to the question, how long has it been since Jews were NOT known as Jews, versus how long has it been that Romans began calling themselves Italians. (There's reference in the Holy Bible for that too).

So the debate of the Jewish nation calling its ancestral homeland Jewish is long and hotly contested, yet the evidence is that they are claiming an ancient right through an ancient rite, and they have yet to be completely displaced; nor will they ever be. Examine the evidence and find, if one knows how to understand what the evidence has already determined, that there is neither man or otherwise that can successfully argue against the presence of Jews in their ancient homeland, against all odds to the contrary, just as the Hebrew Holy Bible has said. And as for Ethiopia, even its acknowledgement of its place in Jewish history is there to confirm that the Word of Almighty God still stands, all of humanity notwithstanding. Is there enough morality in that?

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