The Peace Of Jerusalem

January 2, 2015

The Peace of Jerusalem

            Psalm 122:6 tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” That was written some centuries ago, but Israel still needs our prayers.

Several times Israel has been threatened with annihilation.  The pharaoh tried it when Israel was in Egypt.  You can read about that in Exodus chapter one.  Again in Esther we read how king Ahasuerus, having been deceived by one of hit aids, set out to destroy Israel.  They were saved by the prudence of Queen Esther.  During the Second World War Hitler slaughtered millions of Jews.  It was only the mercy of God that saved them from annihilation.  There are now Arab nations intent on annihilating Israel.  They have no good reason for doing so.  For that reason, we need to pray for Israel.

In Matthew 23:38 we read that Jesus said, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. ”That doesn’t mean that they were rejected.  Most commentaries say  the “house” means the temple.  God took his special protection off of the temple and allowed it to be destroyed in 70 AD.  The Apostle Paul, In Romans 11:1 said, “Hath God cast away his people?  God forbid.”  If we go on reading in that chapter we find these words in verse 26 “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”

In Revelation chapter twelve we find the prophecy of the dragon that will make war with the woman in the end times.  Most commentaries tell us that the woman is Israel.  In the end, her seed will be protected by the power of God.

We should find in our hearts a desire to pray for the persecuted and oppressed people of the world.  Israel is certainly among the oppressed people.  We can be thankful that we aren’t among the oppressed people.

Even some Christians have a bad attitude toward the Jews.  It may be that they have had a bad experience with someone who was a Jew.   Sometimes there is jealousy towards the Jews.  In spite of the fact that the Jews have rejected the Messiah, they have been successful.  One reason for that is that they have accepted and applied the moral values in the Tanach ( which includes the Pentateuch and the Prophets of Neviim and the Hagiographa or Ketuvim). Here are some facts about the success of the Jews.  “The Jews comprise less than 1% of the world’s population, yet 176 Nobel Prize winners have been Jews.  While 67% of American high school graduates attend college, 80% of Jewish high school graduates go to college.”[i]

We should be friends of Israel.  We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, which includes Israel.  God has promised to bless us if we do.  The word “prosperity” in Psalm 122:6 really means tranquility or to be secure.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

[i] Taken from the book “Breaking The Jewish Code” by Perry Stone, p2

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