Jerusalem, Jerusalem! The home of kings and prophets
God’s holy city, the city of David, His chosen one!
God’s people wandered in the wilderness,
God rescued them from the tyranny of Egypt,
They were promised a new land of their very own,
And yet they rebelled and sinned and made of calf
They dance and worshipped and reveled,
They tested their God at the waters of Mariah,
Forty years they wandered under Moses!
That generation died out including Moses, Miriam, and Aaron.
And the new ones under Joshua claimed the Promised Land,
The land was divided according to the tribes,
They fought, and conquered the Canaanites, and settled
all as the Lord had decreed.
They kept to their tribes and had no central place of worship.
They sinned and repented and sinned and repented and
were ruled by judges,
But it was an unruly time where everyone did as they pleased
in their own sight.
Finally they cried out to the Lord through God’s chosen man Samuel,
asking for a king like the other nations.
God granted their desire and King Saul was raised up,
He sinned against the Lord and was rejected and died,
In his place God anointed David, a young shepherd boy,
to follow as Israel’s shepherd.
David, a man after God’s own heart–what a declaration!!
David loved God, David sinned greatly, David returned and repented!
David established Jerusalem as his capital city,
That city chosen by God to be the center of worship,
To be the center of the kingdom,century after century,
to be the home of the Temple,
Built not by His servant David, but by His son Solomon,
David the warrior King had blood on his hands,
Solomon reigned in a time of peace and prosperity
and built that most beautiful of all temples,
the Temple where God Almighty met with His people.
There in Jerusalem, the city of David, the Jews gathered
for the feasts and appointed times and sacrificed
and met with their God.
But they sinned and chased after foreign idols and
rejected their God,
God called and called to them through the prophets,
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Habakkuk, and many others;
They rejected some, they persecuted others and even killed some.
The Assyrian captivity and the dispersion of the northern tribes,
The Babylonian captivity and the razing of the Temple,
Crying out to their God and returning to a broken down Jerusalem.
Ezra and Nehemiah returning and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem
And the rebuilding of the temple, not so grand as Solomon’s,
But promised by God with a future glorious temple, not build
by human hands!
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Always the capital and center of the Jews!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”
Jesus steps down from heaven into His creation,
As a babe born in Bethlehem, spending most of His time
Yet He goes to Jerusalem for the feasts and finally, yes finally
Sets His face like flint to go one last time to Jerusalem
To be crucified outside the city to save His people from their sins,
He came to die so that His own might have life and have life eternal!
Mocked, scorned, beaten, spat upon and crucified
Shed His blood on that roman cross,
Accomplished His task
And now sits at the Father’s right hand
In all His glory,
The temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 by Titus,
And the city of Jerusalem as razed to the ground
in A.D. 135 by Hadrian and the Jews dispersed!
And for centuries Jerusalem and the surrounding areas
were barren and desolate under the Romans,
Then Islam came onto the scene and came conquering
and slaughtering and overtaking the areas of
the Middle East and North Africa and even into Europe,
Only to be met by Charles “the Hammer” Martel
At the Battle of Tours A.D. 732 stopping the onslaught,
But Jerusalem, that holy city of God, the city of David,
came under Islamic control,
Disputed even until today,
But Jerusalem is and was always God’s chosen city,
The capital of His people the Jews, sacred to Him.
And yet there is a future day to come,
When heaven and earth will pass away,
And there will be the New Jerusalem,
A city not built by human hands,
Just as John foretold,
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21: 1-4
The earthly Jerusalem is holy to God as a prefigurement of the eternal holy Jerusalem to come. And all believers can rejoice in the glorious promised secure hope of being there in the new Jerusalem with our great Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ forever.
Kingdoms and rulers will come and kingdoms and rulers will perish, but God and His word and His kingdom will stand forever!!! The Jews are His chosen people, Jerusalem is His chosen city and Gentiles are grafted into this glorious kingdom by the decree of God from the earliest of times.
Abraham was told he would be the father of many nations and all would be blessed through him. And through his dependent Jesus were have peace with God and peace with one another, Jew and Gentile alike. He brought down the barrier of the dividing wall and made the two into one new man establishing peace.
How great is our God–taking those at enmity with Him and others and making us all one in Christ.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4: 4-6