On the 13th of September Sabeel held an Open Forum session entitled “How does a Palestinian Christian read God’s Promise to Abraham.”
Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho emphasized the importance of reading the Bible. Some people believe that the current state of Israel is a fulfillment prophecy. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho, presented parts of his new book entitled “The Land of Christ: A Palestinian Cry”, a book that addresses the harsh realities on the ground in twenty-first century Israel/Palestine.
Then, the following verses of Genesis 18:15 were discussed: “On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. Rev. Yohanna asked the following questions:
1) What are the boundaries of the land that God granted the people?
2) How do we understand the word Israel?
3) How did God give the land to Israel?
Faith in the Redeemer can be applied in daily encounters with the community, the enemy, the oppressed and all religious people. For Dr. Kanatacho there is no separation between faith and everyday activities. It is obvious that faith in the Redeemer leads a person to do “justice”, love, mercy, and to walk humbly with God – Micah 6:8. As we look up to this Redeemer, we realize that He is righteous and a God of Justice (Isaiah 30:18). As a believer in God, Dr. Katanacho wants to see changes on the ground, changes toward fairness and justice for all.
There was time for questions and discussion.
Rev. Yohanna thanked Sabeel for all its good work.