7 Ways Israel Has Impacted Your World Part 2
70 year edition (Part 2)
In honor of Israel’s 70 years of existence in the modern world, we have compiled 7 areas in which Israel has impacted the world you live in. In part one of the article, we covered the influence the Jewish people have had on the medical world, on humanitarian efforts and all the way down to the bare bones of the moral compass of our modern society. But it gets better! Your life is more secure, convenient – and even beautiful – because of the gifts God has given the earth through the Jewish people.
The most extensive list of accomplishments is likely in the field of hi-tech. There’s a running joke among Israelis who scoff at the impossible mission Anti-Israel activists take on when they commit to boycotting “everything Israel” – since many of today’s common tech devices such as computers, cellphones and a good amount of the software that runs them was either invented by or are currently run by Israeli companies.
Even with a population of only 8 million, where a large percentage of the community learned Hebrew as a second or third language when they immigrated to the land as adults, Israel has the largest number of startups per capita in the world. You could argue that the lack of natural resources forces Israelis to think creatively to solve problems. Or, you could say the army service that every Israeli has to go through forces them to think outside of the box. Regardless, we would all be fools if we didn’t take a step back and see God’s blessing on Israel in all of this.
Among Israel’s more popular inventions that have made it to your neighborhood are the thumb drive (USB key), the MobileEye camera on the back of your car and even the Waze GPS software (that worked so much better before Google bought it from the Israelis who created it). But hi-tech isn’t just about the latest and greatest. Some Israeli inventions have been around long enough to be worthy of the Hi-tech Hall of Fame. The original text messaging ICQ software invented in the 90’s was the brainchild of an Israeli. The 70’s yielded the 8088chip that served as the core building block of the IBM personal computer. Even the transformation of the print machine into the modern office printer that sits on your desk is at your service thanks to the minds of Israelis
It goes without saying that for a nation with a great need for self-defense, original and creative weaponry will be high on the priority list. When my family and I sat in our hermetically sealed rooms (to protect us from gas attacks) during the Gulf War, Israel used America’s Patriot missiles to defend against Saddam Hussein’s barrage of Scud missiles. The Patriots were only partially effective and needed several minutes notice to hit their target. With Hamas rockets landing on Israeli soil in as few as 15 seconds from the moment of launch, new technology needed to be invented. The Iron Dome’s 90% success rate in taking down Hamas’ rockets is one of the reasons Israelis and even visitors can continue with their daily lives even in times of high tension with bordering enemy lands.
Israel’s contribution to security is not just for war. If you’ve ever used a Firewall to protect your email or website, you can thank Israel. Their security companies, both online and in the real world, are second to none. Israeli security firms like the world famous Black Cube (or, at least world famous to those who would require such services) are often used at significant events and by dignitaries when traveling abroad. In addition, with exposure from movies, Krav Maga, a form of self-defense developed to help Jews fight against the Nazis, has become a popular form of combat for both the military and civilians.
And if you took off and landed safely at your airport of choice, it wasn’t by accident. You can thank the alert air traffic controller – as well as Xsight, the Israeli sensor that detects small objects and animals on your runway that could harm planes.
If you’ve ever researched “Jews in the Arts,” you may have been surprised to discover how many well-known actors/singers/painters were Jewish. However, while the children of Israel have been blessed with creative genes, as with everything in Jewish history, I can’t say we have always used our giftings to make the world more, shall we say, holy. But a deal is a deal, and a blessing given by God does not get taken back.
And so, Jews have, even in their lost state, left a mark on the world. Ageless songs like, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” were written by Jews, and the latter is rumored to have been written about Israel. Irving Berlin wrote scores of songs—so many of them incredibly famous—like “God Bless America” and yes, “White Christmas.” Then there is Bob Dylan, known to be a Messianic Jew, who won a Nobel Prize for his music and lyrics. From the smooth vocals of Lenny Kravitz to the crass persona of the band Kiss to the modern sounds of rapper Drake, the list of successful singers is long. Even in the complex world of filmmaking, Jews have thrived in creating both entertaining and thought-provoking movies from Indiana Jones to Schindler’s List.
However, despite their widely known success in the field of entertainment, perhaps nowhere have Jews had more influence on the world than in the realm of worship. True, today when you think of worship music, few think of Israel as the source of a groundbreaking worship experience. But, in fact, everything you know about worshipping the one true God originated in Israel. The Psalms, for example, written thousands of years ago before musical notations were invented, are still sung by Jews and Christians today. Even the variety in our worship songs—such as songs of prayer, repentance, adoration and even songs of unspeakable gratitude and joy are modeled after the ones written and recorded in the Bible— from Moses to Jeremiah.
Though Messianic Jewish music today is widely considered merely a genre of music that invites circle dancing with long swirly skirts and banners, the truth is that Messianic music (which we call Israeli worship) from today’s state of Israel embodies an incredible variety of sounds from the many nations in which Jews have dwelt for the past two thousand years. From the complex rhythms of South America to the symphonic sounds of Eastern Europe to the fluid strings of the Middle East, Israeli worship embraces the sounds of many tribes and tongues.
When Job was in his deepest despair, his heart declared, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” This is where the Jewish heart of worship begins. No matter what has happened or will happen, the Lord is to be praised. You will find this mentality over and over throughout Jewish culture. Jews don’t bless the food they eat; they bless the Maker of food. And at a funeral, the traditional prayer doesn’t mention the deceased at all—it only blesses the Maker of Life. PART TWO Israel has long been a resource for spiritual revelation for the Church. The existence of the Bible itself is a precious gift to man penned almost entirely by Jews. But as centuries of division between the Church and the Jewish people have separated Christians from their roots, some spiritual jewels God has given the Jewish people to share with the world lay dormant. True, all who have accepted redemption through Yeshua have direct access to the Heavenly Father – but even this access was revealed to the world by Jews.
Some people may be offended to think that God would only send some blessings through a specific people group. But they are not offended when they are told that to enjoy the benefit of running water they must go to a faucet, and to enjoy the blessing of an electric lightbulb they must search for the switch on the wall.
We all know that God’s promises are eternal and His desire is for Abraham’s descendants to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. The question now is, what other blessings is the worldwide Church missing out on because as a whole, they have not recognized Israel in her calling?
Dear Lover of Israel,
Even with sirens blaring this week and rising tensions with Iran, the mood in Israel was joyous this month. For the first time in 20 years Israel won the world’s biggest song competition – the Eurovision. Since there are a number of countries who will never vote for Israel and we have a relatively small pool of artists to choose from, Israelis take extra pride in the accomplishment. It means little in the grand scheme of things, but the win feels like a great way to start the incredibly significant week Israel’s 70th re-Birthday.
Celebrations for the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem continued all week long and Guatemala also packed their bags in preparation for their embassy move. Rumor has it that 10 other nations are considering making the leap.
This move isn’t about a political win. On a political level, there are more risks than immediate benefits in breaking the status quo. On a spiritual level, however, it is always good for leaders to come into agreement with God’s plan. So America’s recognition that God’s favorite city belongs to those who worship Him is a statement that resonates in the heavens.
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