The Doorpost Blessing
By Missey Butler
As we watch the very difficult transition now taking place
within the nation of Israel, we can’t help but be moved
by the emotional scene of the Jewish settlers as they are having
to leave their homes in accordance with the State’s order
to withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
How heartbreaking it must be for the residents after 38 years
of occupation while living in a land that they have come to love
and call their own. Now they are being uprooted and told they
As I watched the national news coverage and observed the tearful
residents as they protested— some peacefully and some not
so peacefully—I could not help but think about a very profound
statement that I had once heard and how those words seemed to
be unfolding right before my eyes.
“And if a house be divided against itself, that house
cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).
It is obvious that the people of Israel are divided in their
decision, and many are being torn with incredible disbelief as
they attempt to try and understand how their beloved motherland
could be reduced to having one Jewish brother expelling another
brother. It is very hard to watch as they are forced to leave
the very land that had been promised to them by way of a covenant
centuries before. Many rent their clothes in two as a spiritual
sign of mourning.
As the news broadcast broke away to a commercial, I glanced out
of my living room window, across to my neighbor’s house.
As I looked inside the doorway, I was reminded of a very small
vial that had been incased within the frame of their doorpost.
The cylinder, made of sterling silver, is called a mezuzah
and can be found embedded as a sign and reminder of their faith.
You see, my neighbors are a precious Jewish family that have
lived alongside us for quite some time. Susan and I had become
good friends, and one day, while having coffee, I noticed the
small case, angled slightly within the door frame, and asked her
about it. She explained to me about the tradition and the rich
significance that it held. I found it to be most fascinating that
this tiny cylinder contained a scroll-like parchment with the
writings taken from the book of Deuteronomy. To be exact, it’s
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 and 11:13-21.
I decided that morning to turn off the television and to re-read
those particular passages. There was one small portion beginning
at verse 20 that seemed to stand out to me.
In the last half of the Scripture it says this:
“Write them on the doorframes of your houses and
on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children
may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your fore-fathers,
as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth”
As I closed my Bible and looked again across the fence to the
doorway of my neighbor’s house, I thought to myself, Perhaps
it’s time to pray that those promises will once again be
written on parchment as a symbolic mezuzah that will be embedded
deep within the doorpost over the nation of Israel as their Jewish
declaration of faith!
This day, our heartfelt prayers go out to that small but mighty
country, the one referred to by Jehovah as “the apple of
My eye,” as we continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem
and stand on the promise that was made to all of us by the prophet
Isaiah long ago.
“I will judge between the nations and will settle
disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will
not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn of war
anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
Shalom to you, O Israel!
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