Jerusalem: Searching for Significance

The King James Version of the Bible mentions this city 767 times, the New Living Translation count is 1,027. Rockwall, the greatest city on all the earth is not mentioned even once. Bummer.

Center of the Earth

Using the GIS [geographic information system], one researcher estimates the centroid [median point, that point where the medians of a triangle intersect] to be on the eastern coast of Romania.

Ezekiel 5:5 KJV says “This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.” Text of the NLT places Jerusalem “at the center of the nations“.

One can surmise the Bible does not say Jerusalem is precisely in the center of the nations, but pretty doggone close to it.

Mexico City, at almost 22 million residents, reigns as the most populous city on earth while Jerusalem’s headcount runs well under one million.

No ethnic group or nation vies for control of Mexico City. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the target of all but one of the 15 member nations of the UN Security Council.

One year ago, on December 13, under the administration of Barack Hussein Obama, 14 members of the Security Council voted to condemn Israeli settlements in Jerusalem. One nation, the US, abstained, meaning a sitting US president voted against Israel, the apple of God’s eye [Zechariah 2:8]

Thankfully, in September of this year [2017], President Donald Trump met with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in NY City where our president declared Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. By the way, this was not a partisan issue. NY Senator Chuck Schumer agreed with President Trump, saying, “Whatever one’s views are on settlements, anyone who cares about the future of Israel and peace in the region knows that the UN, with its one-sidedness, is exactly the wrong forum to bring about peace. I have spoken directly to the [Obama] Administration numerous times … and in the strongest terms possible urged them to veto this resolution. I am strongly opposed to the UN putting pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. An abstention is not good enough. The Administration must veto this resolution.”

Senator Schumer and President Trump are on the same page, with respect to the ownership of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is significant to Israelis. It’s also significant to the entire world.
Psalm 122:6 in our Holy Scripture says, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.”

Daily, I pray for peace in Jerusalem. Is this a point for your morning devotionals?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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