"O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,…!
From the very beginning of time Hashem established Jerusalem as the central place of worship for His people. Ancient writings even point to it as the place where Adam first stood on his feet. It was also in Jerusalem that Abraham performed the act of obedience by which today all of humanity stands a chance to reconcile with God (Genesis 22; 28:14).
As the Children of Israel are readying to enter and conquer the Land God gave them, Moses gives his final instructions (Deuteronomy). What most concerns him is the assimilation of the people with the cultures already in the land. It is for that reason that God had demanded the centralization of the worship system in Jerusalem. Offerings could be given to Levites anywhere, but God’s tithes were to be given only in Jerusalem. This drew the people to always return to the focal point of Jerusalem. This did not eventually prevent assimilation, but it kept it at bay; even if the country would stray, Jerusalem would still be a point of reference.
This is what happened at the time of the division of the kingdom. In order to get the loyalty of the people, Jeroboam initiated a worship system in the regions of the tribe of Dan. Most of the Levites then fled to Judah, so Jeroboam also established his own priesthood in disobedience to the command that only Levites, sons of Aaron, should be priests (Exodus 27:21). Jeroboam also changed the days of the Feast of Tabernacles (1 Kings 12). All this, Jeroboam did in contravention of the Torah command to not add nor take away from the Commandments of God Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32). Come to think of it, this is what the Anti-Christ will do at the end of days; he will create a counterfeit religion that looks like the original, but is actually the anti-thesis (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
When the disciples were discussing the issue of Gentile assimilation to the faith of Messiah, they referenced themselves to Amos’ prophecy concerning the ‘resurrection’ of David’s Tabernacle. This Tabernacle was in Jerusalem (Acts 15; Amos 9:11-12).
Because of the abomination (Daniel 9:27;11:31), Jerusalem was desolate for nearly 2,000 years. Now the time to comfort Zion has come and Jerusalem is resurrecting (Isaiah 51:3). We should therefore all look to Jerusalem, the Place where our Messiah also resurrected, as our focal point, the ‘Ground Zero’ of our Messianic conviction.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the psalmist said (Psalms 122:6). As he uttered these words, did he foresee how much they were needed? Jerusalem is the most war-torn conquered and re-conquered city in the world.
Do you hear the galloping hooves on the horizon? Yeshua, the real King of Jerusalem is coming to take His Bride from those who abused her for centuries. When that day comes to full fruition, you will want to be on the right side of history!