The landlord of Israel

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Elah Valley near the ruin of Adullam (Photo: Davidbena/Wikimedia Commons)

Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And Israel will take possession… in the LORD’s land. – Isaiah 14:2

a land for which YHVH your God cares; the eyes of YHVH your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year. – Deuteronomy 11:12

The Landlord owns the land and determines its possession. The Land of Israel has been promised by the Landlord YHVH, Creator of the world(s), as an everlasting inheritance to the Jewish people for a thousand generations: He is the Lord our God, his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit” (Psalm 105:7-11). Depending on how a generation is numbered biblically, a thousand generations is somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 years, a term of time yet ticking today. If the Bible is true and YHVH is real, then the inheritance of the Land of Israel is sure, and the promise by God to the Jewish people will be fulfilled.

But the Landlord has created conditions for tenancy. Twice in history have the tenants broken the conditions of contract and, after receiving notices from the Landlord, had been removed by Him for extended dispersions outside the Land (586 BCE, 70 CE). In this new resurrection of the Land of Israel (which is what it is called in the New Testament -Matthew 2:20, 21) today, after a nearly 2000 year hiatus, one might be tempted to conclude that the current tenants are not without blame in again neglecting the conditions of tenancy.

But the prophets of the Bible have spoken to just that, announcing a promised pardon to the tenants and a generous provision of a return to the Land of their former habitation. But this time would not be only within the conditions previously contracted, being instead for the honor only of the Landlord’s good name:

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says YHVH God, It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name.” – Ezekiel 36

And there would be a permanent provision of housing and tenancy:

I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul…. I will plant the people of Israel in their own land, never again to be torn out of their land that I gave them,” says YHVH your God. – Jeremiah 32:41; 31; Amos 9:15

That provision came in the envoy of the Landlord’s own son who, as pronounced prophetically by the high priest Caipha, would lay his life down to pay all outstanding offences to the Landlord, including arrears rental payment, for the nation of Israel:

Do you not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish. He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the Jewish nation.” – John 11:50-51

The apostle Paul reminds the doubting spectators of this drama that the gifts and promises of the Landlord to His ancient people, the Jews, are irrevocable (Romans 11).

Benjamin Franklin declared to the constitutional convention at the foundation of the United States in 1787 that, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men.” The Creator does not sit as an idle spectator, but as an active agent in those affairs, as it is written, He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings (Daniel 2:21).

The Landlord, unlike many, is full of grace and mercy, and one with His Word, never failing in His promises.

THE TRIAL
The prosecution rests its case
and the persecution began,
as preservation of the Holy Nation
is held by just one Man,
in retribution and restitution
of defense he takes the stand,
in testimony of resurrection
he rebuilds the Promised Land.

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.