I try not to mix too much of my personal faith into these articles. Or, maybe I should say that I try to keep it to a level that (I hope) is acceptable to everyone. Please feel free to take me to task when I have been less-than-professional in this regard.
I say that because I’m about to quote something from a book in Ketuvim, which is the ‘hk’ in the acronym Tanahk. It’s in the book of Shophtim (×©Ö¹Ö¼××¤Ö°×˜Ö´×™× -Â Judges). There’s this exchange of letters between Yiphtach (Jephthah) and the king of Ammon (present day Jordan).
In one of his letters to Yiphtach, the king of Ammon explains why he is going to war with Israel:
Judges 11:13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.
Yiphtach responds by saying, that the king of Ammon must be smoking something because Israel never took ANYTHING from Ammon when they came outÂ of Egypt. Here’s what Moshe said in the book D’varim (Deuteronomy), when he was giving his final speech to Israel before going off to die:
Deut 2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
But, just in case someone missed a bit of the obvious, let me point it out.Â Ammon had zero claim to anythingÂ to the west of the JordanÂ River. Zero.Â Zilch. Nada. Yet, that didn’t keepÂ them from claiming that Israel had takenÂ the land away from them.
Almost three thousand years ago, they were doing the same thing that they are doing today. They pointed the finger and said that Israel took their land.
Whatever you may say about the account of the taking ofÂ theÂ land of Israel, by Israel, it is clear thatÂ people of Ammon had no claim whatsoever to anything that Israel had – but that didn’t keep them from demanding their rightsÂ to what they didn’t own.
A three thousand year old newspaper headline, and it’s dÃ©jÃ vu all over again.Â Â