Welcome back friends! Yesterday we discussed Hebrew Secrets about Double Blessings, and the unusual “pairs” of water, Jerusalem and life. That leads into today’s specific focus on Jerusalem.
If you have followed, you have likely seen posts regarding praying for the peace of Jerusalem, as commanded in Psalm 122. For the moment, dive into verse 3:
Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together
In context, the psalmist is describing the Holy City for whom we are to pray. Notice, it is a city that is “compact together.” Other translations say, “bound together,” “knitted together,” “joined together,” “solidly joined,” and “solidly united.”
In Hebrew, the last portion of that verse says: חֻבְּרָה-לָּהּ יַחְדָּו, meaning “joined to itself together.” (Young’s Literal Translation) This is the only place in Scripture we find this Hebrew phrase. Here, in Psalm 122:3, we are told that Jerusalem is joined together to itself. Do you find that odd?
Remember the “pairs” ending of “-ayim” we studied yesterday? Indeed, Jerusalem (YerushalAYIM) is a pair. We know of the earthly Jerusalem, but there is also a new (heavenly) Jerusalem, according to Revelation 21:2, which is “paired” to it! I don’t know all that means, but I do know that makes Jerusalem a very special place.
Is it any wonder God commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Our Bible teaches us that, particularly in these last days, there will be no lasting peace in Jerusalem. Ironically, it is a very peaceful city, and if you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean. But, the entire region has missiles aimed at Jerusalem! The Iranian regime constantly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. So, what is the point in praying for the peace of Jerusalem?
Could it have something to do with the other Jerusalem, and the fact the two are a pair? You can’t separate one from the other. Yet, until the Prince of Peace comes and sets up His Kingdom…the Millennial Kingdom…there will be no peace. Even that peace will have an end. Once Satan is released at the end of 1,000 years (the Millennium), he will wreak havoc. But, the day described in Revelation 21:2 represents a new Jerusalem, our eternal home! There, the Prince of Peace will reign forever and ever and ever!
Psalm 122 commands us to pray for this city that is “joined to itself.” Yehuda Amichai, an Israeli poet, once described Jerusalem as the “port city on the shores of eternity,” and that is a fantastic view to have! God chose Jerusalem to be His Holy City, not because it is perfect. (Far from it.) But because God wanted a geographical location from which to redeem the world through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus!
Thus, we love Jerusalem and we pray for her peace!
122 I was glad when they said to me,~Psalm 122
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
PS: I am glad to say to you, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Indeed, our feet will stand within Jerusalem’s gates in February 2021! Keep an eye out, as we are about to announce details of our next trip to Israel!