Two Jerusalems


And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

~Revelation 21:2, NLT


Jerusalem is a city of rocks built on a hill top in the edge of a desert and yet there is something mysterious and awesome about this place.

~Jonathan Cahn

Jerusalem is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is between five or six thousand years old: only Jericho is older in that particular region. As God worked mysteriously through David, Jerusalem became the place of worship, sacrifice and the keeper of the law. Ancient Jews spoke of Jerusalem the way we speak of Jesus. They literally worshipped the place. Oddly enough, the name Jerusalem is plural. Literally it is yer-oo-shaw-lah’-im and the im in Hebrew is like our s. So there is more than one Jerusalem. There is one that you see and one that you don’t see, at least not yet. There is the one that is and the one that is coming. There is the earthly Jerusalem and the heavenly Jerusalem. One is flawed and the other is perfect. One points to peace, the other is peace. You find Jerusalem mentioned 61 times in Psalms and many times it is a synonym for Jesus or at least it points to Jesus. For example, the Jews believed that God lived in the Temple in Jerusalem but the real Temple that God actually lived in was Jesus. God was present in Christ. As Paul said, For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.

Interestingly, the Jeru of Jerusalem {yârâh, yaw-raw’}; is a primitive root; properly, to flow as water; thus some refer to Jerusalem as the fountain of peace. But the word is also used transitively, to lay or throw, or to point and shoot an arrow; figuratively, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach. So Jerusalem was the place of worship, of teaching and instruction, the temple, the altar, the throne of David. It was everything to a Jew. Since Jesus is everything to me, I think of Him when I see the word used in the Psalms. This is how Jerusalem has become a synonym for Jesus the true fountain of peace.


Mrs. Edith Bennich is suppose to move today or tomorrow. She is in Cullman now but coming to Hartselle. Joyce Dotson is in CRMC with lung and respiratory issues. Gregg took his first round of treatment last week but I haven’t talk to him about the results. Pray for Gregg, Traci and Sarah. Continue to remember Becky and all the widows. Some are really struggling with the loss of their mate. Have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.

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