Matthew 23:37 "O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,…! |
From the very beginning of times Hashem established Jerusalem as the central Place of worship for His people. Ancient writings even point to it as the place where Adam first stood on his feet. It was also in Jerusalem that Abraham performed the act of obedience by which today all of humanity stands a chance to reconcile with God.
As the Children of Israel are readying to enter and conquer the Land God gave them, Moses gives his final instructions. What he is most concerned with is assimilation with the cultures already in the land. It is for that reason that God demanded the centralization of the worship system in Jerusalem. Offerings could be given to Levites anywhere, but God’s tithes were to be given only in Jerusalem. Eventually this did not totally solve the assimilation problem, but it kept at bay; even if the country would stray, there would still be a point of reference.
This is what happened at the time of the division of the kingdom. In order to get the loyalty of the people, Jeroboam brought the worship system to the regions of the tribe of Dan. Most of the Levites then fled to Judah, so he also established his own priesthood in disobedience to the command that only Levites, sons of Aaron, should be priests. He also changed the days of the Feast of Tabernacles. All this, Jeroboam did in contravention of the Torah command to not add nor take away from the Commandments of God. Come to think of it, this is what the Anti-Christ will do at the end of days; he will create a counterfeit religion that looks like the original, but is actually the anti-thesis.
When the disciples were discussing the issues of Gentiles joining the faith of Messiah, they referenced themselves to the prophecy concerning the ‘resurrection’ of David’s Tabernacle. This Tabernacle was in Jerusalem.
Because of the abomination, Jerusalem was desolate for nearly 2,000 years. Now the time to comfort Zion has come and Jerusalem is resurrecting. We should therefore all look to Jerusalem, the Place where our Messiah also resurrected, as the ‘Ground Zero’ of our Messianic conviction.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the psalmist said. As he uttered these words, did he foresee how much they were needed? Jerusalem is the most war-torn conquered and re-conquered city in the world.
Do you hear galloping hooves in the horizons? Yeshua, the real King of Jerusalem is coming to take His Bride from those who abused her for centuries. When that day comes to full fruition, you want to be on the right side of history!
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