What are we missing here?
Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, marking the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.
Israel agreed to suspend its planned extension of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria to facilitate relations with the UAE and potentially other Arab and Muslim countries.
The agreement will include establishing embassies and exchanging ambassadors, investments into the Israeli economy, trade, direct flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, an investment in Israeli efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine – as first reported in The Jerusalem Post last month – and cooperation in matters of energy and water. An important element of the deal for the UAE is the expectation that its citizens would be able to visit the Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.”“Together we can bring a wonderful future. It is an incomparably exciting moment,” Netanyahu said. “I have the great privilege to make the third peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, the UAE.” Netanyahu wished Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed “Salam Aleykum v’Shalom Aleynu – peace unto you and peace unto us.”
Trump said in a statement posted to his twitter account: “Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.” Source media
Israel signed a peace deal with the UAE, and the powers of the world are rejoicing, however, not everyone. Erdogan is not happy because it is a setback to his plans to regain or establish the Ottoman Empire.
In the eyes of the world, this is a great day for Israel, and for the United States, it’s a historic day because they have now achieved some step forward in creating peace in the Middle East.
But what are we missing? The peace of man is not the peace of God, and as we seek peace without God, it is clear we do not understand the war we are in. We often hear Christians say, “Let’s pray for the peace of Israel” but what many of us do not understand, is that the peace the scripture speaks of is not the peace created by man. In every bit of the word, the scripture is asking us to pray for the salvation of Israel, not the peace we seek according to the world’s knowledge.
Let us look at what Jesus said to his disciples, John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do, I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” And if we understand the context and why Jesus said this to his disciples, it’s because of the persecution that will arise from the world.
Jesus would later demonstrate the peace he gives his disciples. Betrayed, beaten, and hung a cross. Died, and rose again from the grave on the third day. Jesus confirmed the peace he leaves with his disciples. The peace that speaks to the reality they have overcome death, and because of that peace, they should not be afraid.
So, what is the real peace we should seek after, the peace of men, or the peace of God which is redemption and eternal life in Christ? As we work for peace between peoples, let us also never forget we need the peace of God…