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Stopping COVID … in Israel?


I remember this time last year, when we were told that COVID 19 would be gone by now. We had a spike in the number of infections in March of 2020, and then the numbers declined.

I was one of many people who were told to stay home from work, in March of 2020. My employer was good to us, and kept us on the payroll for weeks; and then, when everyone thought that COVID-19 was disappearing, we were sent back to work, with safety precautions.

And now here we are. Where I live, the virus is active and now we have mutations of the virus, that may or may not respond to vaccines. The medical authorities are warning us that the mutations, variants, are spreading rapidly.

Also, there is growing concern about vaccines that are not fully tested, and are only permitted for emergency use, and are not widely available. Where I live, people are arguing in public places. A man tried to correct some strangers who were not wearing masks in a shop, and he was knocked to the floor and beaten.

It’s getting scary out there.

Our virus problem will not go away, and it seems to be getting worse. Some of my neighbors will argue about that, and the economy is also getting worse.

One church has been closed by the authorities, and a fence has been erected around the building to keep worshippers out. Those worshippers did not follow the rules and the neighbors are arguing about the situation. One man, with strong opinions, told us that he is getting depressed by the never-ending crisis. We can’t find an end to this.

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So, where is God?

I’m a believer and I trust that God will save us, when we need to be saved, and when we ask. We should ask. “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Psalm 50:15) We can’t make those words go away. God said, ‘ask for help.’

In this endless crisis, there is some news about medical developments that seem promising, until they are argued down. We had discussions about vitamin D, and HCQ or Hydroxychloroquine, and Ivermectin and many others. Research is ongoing, but the push back has been strong. Just ask my neighbors, they like to argue about those things.

In Canada, a COVID drug with a long name Bamlanivimab was developed at a huge expense, and sent to hospitals, and then not used. It seems to be lost now. We don’t know why, although it was apparently used on Donald Trump, to help him recover quickly.

We are lost at sea in this crisis.

In the Middle-East there is a small country, surrounded by enemies, that probably should not exist. Israel has survived since 1948, against all odds and it is only there because God put it there, and kept it there. Now, the nation is threatened by COVID 19. One advantage that Israel has is medical research. They’re good at it. Maybe God will do another miracle.

This is a quote from the Jerusalem Post:

“Israeli scientists and researchers are racing to find a cure for COVID-19, as global consensus is forming among medical professionals that vaccination is not going to eliminate corona.”

READ: Five Israeli teams fighting for a COVID-19 cure

That is the mainstream media and not the opinion of an angry radical. Scientists in Israel are leading the world in the fight against the virus and they may find solutions soon.

Every nation in the world is struggling with this continuing crisis, and we need answers to survive. We should know that the God of the Bible is also called the God of Israel. That nation exists, when it shouldn’t and it will survive now, according to the Bible.

With Israel, God has promises to keep. One of those promises is “And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 22: 18)

It is easy to see, that if Israel finds a way through the COVID crisis, we all will. The answer may come from any source, but I think it’s worthwhile to watch Israel. There are spiritual reasons why the answer may come from there.

God promised a way through. God help us now.

But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41: 8 to 10)

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