Interestingly, Israel remains one of the places on earth where violence is most obvious. In the sentences in bold above the word translated “violence” (twice) is hamas in biblical Hebrew. Strangely, Hamas is the acronym today used by one of the largest, most influential political movements in the Middle East. It is shorthand for the Islamic Resistance Movement which is devoted to the total destruction of all Jews, all Israel.
In Arabic hamas means “zeal”. Strange at first sight, that actually fits well. Israel’s zeal to survive is also violent. My zeal/violence + your violence/zeal = destruction and wilderness for us both. In addition both Israel and Hamas must massage (corrupt) truth in order to be seen always as the victim.
The national archives of Israel contain another book of great interest still today. The book of Isaiah the prophet. That too is included in Christian Bibles because Isaiah wrote of Jesus Christ – the Messiah to come..
Isaiah (probably around BC 700) used the word “violence” (hamas) three times. Here’s one – in which he writes also about cover-up corruption: “Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make. Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence (hamas) are in their hands.” Violence and corruption remained on earth 2,700 years ago. It still fills the earth.
Here’s another: “By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence (hamas), and there was no deceit in his mouth.” What is this about? A man cut off out of the land of the living. A man who had done no violence whatsoever? A man struck down because of the violence of others? The Suffering Servant. No deceit, no corruption in his mouth.
Here’s the third mention of hamas by Isaiah: “Violence (hamas) shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”
No more violence? When will that be? To whom did Isaiah promise this? Will it be on earth?