As of sundown last night, the nation of Israel pivoted from one of the most solemn days of the year to one of the most joyful. Yom HaZikaron (yesterday) commemorated the 26,000+ Israelis who have died at the hands of combat or terrorism since Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948. Israelis revere their soldiers like no other nation on earth. If you have never witnessed a Yom HaZikaron memorial service, I encourage you to watch all or part of the ceremony that took place yesterday. In it, you will discover the heart and soul of Israel. (Click here to see yesterday’s Yom HaZikaron memorial service.)
Following great depths of grief, Israelis entered a very joyous occasion today: Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day)! Filled with fireworks, BBQ’s at the beach or in the national parks, and raucous fun, Israelis know how to celebrate their independence! On the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use), Independence Day is celebrated May 14, though the Hebrew lunar calendar places the celebration today.
It is important to understand, though, how independence of the Jewish state fulfilled Bible prophecy! Isaiah 66 predicts the birth of Israel, climaxing in verses 7-8:
“Before she was in labor, she delivered;
Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.
8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be given birth all at once?
As soon as Zion was in labor, she also delivered her sons.”
Indeed, Israel was born in a day! Once the British pulled out of the land following WWII, Israel declared independence immediately, only to be attacked by five Arab nations the very next day! Obviously, they survived…and have survived many other attacks, against all odds. Israel stands because of the bravery of the young men and women who, throughout her history, have fought for freedom! It cost lives, which are commemorated on Yom HaZikaron, and resulted in Yom Ha’atzmaut, celebrated the very next day!
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Rejoice today, as the Lord blesses Israel with her 73rd year of independence!