Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jerusalem to be a Testimony To the World.

Psalm 87:1-7

A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.

“His foundation is in the holy mountains.  The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.” (Psalm 87:1-2)

Jerusalem is centered in the mountains of the Land God has chosen as his special land.  He prefers the Temple mount to any other location in all of Israel.   As a result of God ‘s presence, it is a magnificent and powerful city, respected in many countries.    

“I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.” (Psalm 87:4)

People took note of those leaders who were from other major cities of the region, because those cities were widely known, in much the same way Trump or other leaders from New York City or Los Angeles are viewed.  They talked about a person from the Ammonite capital of Rabbah, or the Phoenician cities of Tyre and Sidon.  They knew about people from the cities of the Philistines, or even from as far away as Ethiopia. 

“And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.  The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.  As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.” (Psalm 87:5-7)

Jerusalem’s leaders would be as well-known as those of any of those cities, because God would establish her reputation.  God would cause people to be aware of people who had been born there.  In addition, Jerusalem would be known for their musicians, both vocal and instrumental as a place of worship.  It would be known as a place where God’s power was seen, welling up like water from a spring. 

At various times in her history, Jerusalem has been quite influential, but when Christ sets up his earthly kingdom, it will be the world’s capital.  

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