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|January, 2019 (5779)||Vol. 45 No. 1|
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
By DR. ELIAS E. HIDALGO
Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
If I remember thee not;
If I set not Jerusalem Above my chiefest joy.
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
The shortest verse in The Holy Bible is found in The Gospel according to John, chapter 11, verse 35,
In this same chapter we are given insight to the reason that led up to the recorded truth that "JESUS WEPT". In verse 5 we read that, "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister (Mary), and Lazarus", later on in verse 21 we are told that Lazarus had died.
Our LORD Jesus Christ was moved (see verse 33) in seeing Mary and the Jews weeping, therefore, in His compassion and love, He groaned in His Spirit, thus the account that "Jesus Wept".
The only other time in recorded Scripture that we find our LORD Jesus Christ weeping is found in The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 19, verse 41, as He beheld the City (Jerusalem),
"AND HE WEPT OVER IT".
Imagine, Our LORD 'WEEPING' over a city, that is, the City of Jerusalem.
Approximately 3,000 years ago GOD Himself chose Jerusalem, Israel as the City to place His Name there. (see: II Chronicles 6:6).
Is it any wonder that we read in Psalm 137: 5-6, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee (Jerusalem), let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy".
'GOD THE FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT'
GOD The Father CHOSE Jerusalem (II Chronicles 6:6).
GOD The Son CRIED over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
GOD The Holy Spirit CONFIRMED His Word in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4 & Acts 2:1-5).
With these few thoughts from Holy Writ, do you 'wonder' why we find in Psalm 122:6,
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM".
In case you would like the pronunciation of these words in Hebrew,
"SHA-ALU SHALOM YIRUSHALAYIM".
The beginning word, 'SHA-ALU' means 'TO ASK', that is, ask The Owner, Protector and Redeemer of The City of Jerusalem, that He would bring Shalom (Peace) to the Place, the People, through The Prince of Peace (Our LORD Jesus Christ) !
WHY SHOULD YOU, WHY SHOULD I ?
Why should you "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem", and what benefit is there in so doing ?
First of all as we complete the reading of Psalm 122:6, we find that The LORD has promised, that (you and I) shall "prosper" that love thee (Jerusalem).
The Hebrew word for 'Prosper' is SHALAV ( to be at rest ) !!!
How marvellous is our recompense as we 'faithfully' remember to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem".
WE WILL BE AT REST
Some misguided people actually pray for the peace of Jerusalem, thinking that they will 'PROSPER' in areas other than being at 'rest', that is, perhaps, financially, economically, materially, etc., and when they don't, they STOP praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and sometimes they even are bitter at The LORD and His Word, to the extent of becoming demeaning towards Jerusalem, Israel.
BUT NOW YOU KNOW
But now, you 'KNOW' that prosperity is 'TO BE AT REST', and furthermore, to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" is in keeping with the command of GOD that we (you and I) need to 'ASK' The LORD, that He would:
1) Bring Shalom (Peace) to the Place - Jerusalem, Israel.
2) Bring Shalom (Peace) to the People (Jewish) in Jerusalem and throughout the world. (see: Romans 10:1), "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to GOD for Israel (the Jewish people in Jerusalem and world wide) is, that they might be saved".
3) Bring Shalom (Peace) through The Prince of Peace (The LORD Jesus Christ) as He comes again. (see: Revelation 22:20).
"EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS"
Therefore, as you OBEY The LORD in praying 'for the peace of Jerusalem' you actually are ASKING The LORD to:
RESTORE - REDEEM - RETURN
Restore The Land of Israel, Redeem the Jewish people, and Return for His own through the Revelation of our Messiah, The LORD Jesus Christ.
"SHA-ALU SHALOM YIRUSHALAYIM"
For the past over forty years I have personally been praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and The LORD has allowed me the opportunity to share this wonderful truth with many.
The following is a poem I wrote which you will find in my book,
'JERUSALEM OF GOD'
Jerusalem is The city of GOD,
Where His Holy feet have trod,
Someday soon, we will be there,
And as He promised, in His care.
The GOD of Jacob made His choice,
Where His people would hear His voice,
His Beloved Son, Yeshua cried,
Although heartbroken when He sighed.
On the cross in Jerusalem City,
Indeed, He was a sight of pity,
But when, He arose from the dead,
He conquered all, as He said.
He's coming back as a Lion,
To rule and reign from Zion,
As eternity, He ushers in,
In New Jerusalem, Yeshua our King.
Read: Jerusalem of God
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