January 9, 2018
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Jerusalem: The Eternal City of God

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It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. [1Kings 8-10-11 NASB]

 

How did the City of Jerusalem become both the capital of Israel and the holiest place on earth? Somewhere around  3000 years ago, King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and made Jerusalem the capital of Israel. But what makes Jerusalem a Holy city and distinctive from others? When I say or ask, others, I am suggesting the Holy city of Mecca for the Muslims, Salt Lake City for the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and St Peter’s Square, Vatican city as examples.  It was King Solomon son of King David who would build a Holy Temple consecrated to God as His very dwelling place in Jerusalem.  Up to that time, the Lord’s presence would dwell in an ark carried by the Levitical Priests with long poles as they carried the ark along with the portable tent known as the tent of meetings and its sacred furnishings.  The Ark and the portable tent were built under specific instructions given to Moses specifically so the Lord could dwell among His people during the Israelites journey in the desert from Egypt and into the land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua son of Nun and the Levitical Priests.  Ex 31:1-11    Craftsmen were appointed to construct the ‘Ark of the Covenant’, the ‘Tabernacle’ and the ‘Tent of Meeting’.

The very Glory of God would fill the tent with his presence.  Later in Jerusalem under specific design instructions are given by the Lord to King David, He would fund and instruct Solomon his son in building the temple.  Once completed, King Solomon dedicated the temple in prayer and sacrifices and the Glory of Lord would fill the designated area called the Holies of Holies.

The Ark brought to the Temple

Read 1 Kings 8 and continue on to chapter 9, and 10.  Solomon’s prayer, dedication, and sacrifices.

10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. 11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.

12 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; 13 I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”

Nowhere else, in no other temple has the Glory of the Lord filled a temple. In any other city, has God promised to keep his eyes on the place called by His name in the City of Jerusalem? Some call Jerusalem the City of Peace,  or The Eternal City of God.

One Commentator writes God, The Father Has Chosen Jerusalem

“Jerusalem was chosen by our God to put His name there forever.  The Word of God said, “… Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there…” (2 Chronicles 12:13).  Actually, Jerusalem is the earthly counterpart of the Heavenly Jerusalem.  The city is a delight to the Lord Himself and He longs for His righteousness and peace to grace the city with perpetual glory.  Angels have been assigned to Jerusalem for at least twenty-five hundred years (2,500).  Isaiah told of this revelation of truth that he was given.  He spoke to this subject by first addressing the Father’s love and passion for Jerusalem.  He quoted the words God had given him, “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” (Isaiah 62:1).  Then, the God of Israel said, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7).

It would be breathtaking to visit Jerusalem with unveiled eyes and see the army of angels that keep watching day and night.  The unseen war above this city is far greater and more spectacular than any war fought on the ground.  Even then, His army of angels cannot go beyond the prophetic facts of judgment, death, and calamities appointed by the Lord Himself.  These angelic watchmen guarantee the absolute promises of God and no destruction will ever eliminate the city or keep its future from the perfect glory appointed.  In other words, they assure a perfect balance between the appointed judgments and the glorious future.”

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