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  • Psalm Eighty Seven

    His foundation is in the Holy mountains.

    The Lord loves the gates of Zion

    more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    Glorious things are spoken of the City of Zion.

    Think about this.

    I will speak of Rahab and Babylon,

    I will speak of Philistia and Tyre,

    I will speak of Ethiopia and the people born there.

    But when people speak of Zion,

    they marvel at the great men born there,

    and they have been blessed by God.

    The Lord will speak of the the people of Zion,

    He will proclaim them blessed who live there.

    Think about this.

    There is the city of my God, and of his subjects.

    There is the city of music and praise for Him,

    there is the fountain of eternal life.

    Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.

    In the city we know as Jerusalem, the Temple Mount is Mt. Zion. Because Solomon built the temple on this mount, and in the temple was the Holy of Holies, the place where God received his sacrifices on the mercy seat of the ark of the convenant, the people of Israel believed this was God's dwelling place.

    In a way they were right. Before Christ, God could not dwell with man, since God cannot dwell with sin. So the temple was the only actual contact God could have with man, and that contact was limited to the presence of the High Priest sprinkling the blood of sacrifice on the mercy seat on the day of atonement.

    But with the coming of Christ and the completion of his ministry, the Holy of Holies was no longer the dwelling place of God's spirit. This is why when Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple, the great curtains which separated the Holy of Holies from the inner temple, was torn from top to bottom. God was telling the Jews they no longer needed the priests to come before him on their behalf. God's spirit was free to dwell within men who accepted the sacrifice of Christ.

    Jerusalem is still considered a holy city by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. In a way, it is a memorial to us of the place where God blessed man and gave him salvation.

    But that is all it is to Christians. A memorial of the time when God had to remain separate from man. Thank God that time is gone.


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