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“Jerusalem will be called, ‘The City that God Loves’”.
Isa 62:12 GNB
Jerusalem is special. It was a special place when David chose it, a Jebusite fortress, to be his capital. It is argued about, fought over, and cherished to this day. When the Americans, a short while ago, decided to move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem controversy erupted. Millions of Christian pilgrims visit Israel every year, Jerusalem being the high point of their visit. For most of them Jerusalem is “just different”. They have read about it in their Bibles for years. Now it becomes real.
Isaiah was beside himself with joy and excitement now that the exiles had returned, and he realized that God had brought this development about. He knew that God loved Israel and the focus of Israelite life, faith and culture was the great city. Israel loved it. And God loved it.
There is a sense that God loves the whole world and therefore every place where his children dwell. Jerusalem has a special history that Nairobi or Barcelona don’t have. But God does not love it any more than he loves anywhere else. Isaiah was on a high and he should be forgiven for assuming that God loved Jerusalem “just that extra bit”. Life was going to be resumed. The place was going to be rebuilt. The temple was going to gather the people together (so to speak) again and they would meet with and worship God there. “This crazy world” was finally coming right.
Jesus showed us that God loves the world. His love is no longer a side-line reserved for his “chosen people”. Our task, as his church, is to share God’s love with all the world.
Lord, help us to share your love with all the world.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for those people who have lost their jobs as a result of the restrictions on people moving. Help them to find the necessities of life and to search hopefully for new employment opportunities. Prompt authorities to implement relief measures that will speedily bring assistance to those in the most urgent need. I ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN
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