Jerusalem / Yarushalayim
YOU ARE LOVED WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
Around 2000 years ago, YAHSHUA, the Jewish Messiah, (better known to many as JESUS, cried out to this city:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
In this I hear God calling out also to the lost world:
"For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16New English Translation )
When we come to him in fullness, we are coming to Zion, the glorious city of the living God.
See, Jerusalem, is loved with an everlasting love. She is more than a just another city to God. On these mountains of Moriah, Abraham became a type of God, Yahuwah, our Father, because he did not withhold Isaac, his only son, in the very place where many centuries later, Immanuel (God in the flesh) would offer his only son, Yahshua, to pay the full price for justice to be satisfied, so that you and I could walk free. As Paul put it, "If one man died for all, then all have died" - You and I are free friend and woe to the one who despises "so great a salvation". The promise remains. Whoever you are, you are loved with an everlasting love and God is calling you, as Yashua called to Jerusalem. Say yes today, for ONLY IN THIS, YES ONLY IN THIS JEWISH MESSIAH, ARE ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD YES AND AMEN AND UNDER HEAVEN THERE IS NO OTHER NAME GIVEN BY WHICH A MAN CAN BE SAVED.
Steeped in history, religious significance and political conflict, this is indeed more than just a beautiful city. One might almost say that it is the centre of the universe. (At leas our universe_ For it is certainly centre stage in this latter day drama here on planet earth. This city will remain a thorn of contention and a cup of trembling for all nations. Scripture is clear on that. When we touch this city, we touch something precious to God, who loves Jerusalem with a never ending and what will in time reveal itself to be, as already prophetically revealed to be, an exceedingly fierce love.
She was originally, Salem (peace), the very place, where in Messiah righteousness and peace would kiss, This city is first mentioned in scripture as the city of Melchizedek, whose name means righteousness. He was both priest king of Salem. No genealogy is given of this mysterious King, yet to him, Father Abraham paid a tithe and he is certainly a type of Yahshua, our High Priest, to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given by Elohim, (the most high God). Yahshua is himself spoken of in scripture, as being priest, in the Order of Melchizedek.
"Jerusalem in Hebrew is pronounced Y’ru-shah-lah-yim. (There is no “J” sound in Hebrew, which incidentally will let you know that Jehovah isn’t a correct name for God. It’s a mistranslation of YHVH or close enough, Yahweh.) The name Jerusalem is divided between two root words: Yara (pronounced as yahr-ah) and shalem. We already know what shalem means. Yara means: dual, as related to the two hills on which Jerusalem sits. And it also means: founded peacefully, to flow as water (i.e. rain), to shoot as an arrow, to point out (as if by aiming a finger), to teach. It also means to cast, direct, inform, instruct, show, teacher, teaching and through (as in the way to go through).
Is this not true of both Jew and Palestinian. Is Jerusalem not really a picture of the world. So much promise, even the promise of salvation, where peace and righteousness kiss. Such a kiss, as that which credited Abraham with righteousness and blessed him therefore with an inheritance. Yet they would not. Some reading this may not. Neither the descendants of Ishmael, not those of Isaac have responded, except a remnant taken from every tongue and nation. The called out ones. Yet the promise remains. Whoever you are, you are loved with an everlasting love and God is calling you, as he did through Yahshua, Jerusalem.