“Old Habits Die Hard”
I suppose we all know this thought to be truth.
We seem to be able to pick up habits more easily than losing them.
With this in mind, consider the Middle East, a tinderbox of a place where Israel is settled among her many enemies.
Where did these enemies come from?
To find the answer of this question, let’s turn to scripture.
I invite you to read the following scriptures.
12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,
14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps.
17 Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 1
8 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers.
Did you catch that? There is verse 18b. And They Lived in Hostility Toward All Their brothers.
Israel will gain more enemies form Jacob’s brother Esau.
His people will become the Edomites.
It is interesting, that many of Israel’s enemies say that Abraham is their father too.
Do old habits die hard?
Israel and their neighbors, some of them relatives have been fighting for almost 4000 years.
Indeed, old habits die hard.